If you are a student wanting to study at a South African university you must obtain a university exemption to be admitted into tertiary studies. There are no university in South Africa will accept a student without this exemption. The exemption indicates that a student has met the basic requirements and conditions at secondary school level in order to be admitted to study a degree at a university or other tertiary institution. For children who are attending school, writing the NSC (National Senior Certificate), the university exemption is issued automatically by Umalusi with their 'matric' results if they meet the necessary requirements. However, students with a other qualifications like the Cambridge IG and AS/A Levels need to apply to Universities South Africa (USAf) and in particular to the matriculation board for exemption. USAf will issue conditional or full exemptions to students who meet certain requirements in terms of the Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997) no 1317 dated 5 December 2008.
Below we discuss the USAf requirements for exemption as they relate to the home schooler with Cambridge IG and AS/A Level subjects, and how to apply for such an exemption.