Nursing at (UFS) University of Free State

Nursing at (UFS) University of Free State

The University of the Free State’s (UFS) School of Nursing remains at the forefront of nursing education with their innovative simulation, teaching, and learning facilities. The school also houses the Academy for Continuing Nursing Education which presents Short Learning Programmes.

University of Free State Courses

Undergraduate Programme



The BSocSci (Nursing) degree is a four-year integrated programme which, with the cooperation of a number of service departments and health care institutions, enables the student upon completion to register as a Nurse (General, Psychiatric and Community Health) and a Midwife with the South African Nursing Council (SANC).


The National Benchmarking Tests (NBTs) are compulsory for all prospective first year students (Rule A3.9). If the requirements of the NBTs have not been met or the results of the tests cannot be submitted, registration for the applicable language development module is automatic. Prospective students are subjected to selection due to the high demands of the nursing profession and limited clinical training facilities. The School of Nursing, UFS reserves the right to request or obtain information in order to carry out the selection process. Selection takes place according to the selection policy of the School of Nursing. In terms of General Rule A3.1 prospective students who passed the grade 12 examination from 2008 or later must be in possession of the following to apply for admission to BSocSci (Nursing): A National Senior Certificate1 allowing admission to Bachelor’s study that has been issued by the Matriculation Board with an Admission Point (AP) of at least 30 is required. Appropriate subject combination and achievement levels as indicated are required:

Subject Achievement level Afrikaans  OR English – 4 (50%) AND Mathematics 3 (40%) OR Mathematics Literacy – 6 (70%) AND Life Sciences – 5 (60%) OR Physical Sciences – 4 (50%)

Prospective students who passed the grade 12 examination prior to 2008 can be admitted according to the rules as published in the 2023 University of the Free State Rule Book.

Fully completed selection forms are subjected to a selection process. Provisionally selected students must pay a deposit on a specified date. The deposit will be subtracted from class fees. If a student cancels before 31 December of the year before the intended year of study, 25% of the deposit will be refunded. Thereafter no money is refundable. The School of Nursing reserves the right to request or to obtain information in order to ascertain whether students are physically and psychologically equipped to meet the demands of the programme, before admission or during training. Selection is also applied in this regard.


Prior learning is recognized by means of:

 portfolio submissions;

 tests and/or;

 examinations and/or;

 clinical skills tests and/or;

 objective structured clinical evaluation; and

 other relevant methods as determined by the Head of the School.

University of Free State Nursing Application


Visit our online application webpage. You can apply using any device.

Proceed through the easy steps and submit your electronic application. Upload copies of the following in PDF or JPEG format when you apply for undergraduate studies:

  • Your ID or passport
  • Your parent’s ID or passport if you are younger than 18 years
  • National Senior Certificate, if you have already matriculated
  • Your Grade 11 final results with the school’s stamp
  • Grade 12 June results with the school’s stamp
  • Your academic record, only if you are a current student at another institution of higher learning
  • USAf accreditation from the examination board for South African universities, only if you are an international student. Apply to for conditional exemption, foreign conditional exemption, or mature age conditional exemption.

Contacts Us

Postal Address:
University of the Free State
School of Nursing (99)
PO Box 339
Park West
Free State
South Africa

Physical Address:
University of the Free State
School of Nursing
205 Nelson Mandela Drive
Park West
Idalia Loots Building
South Africa