CHS – MBChB 1 Admissions
Candidates, in one of the following three categories, are eligible to apply for selection to register for the qualification MBChB provided that for
- National Senior certificate. Applicants, who sit for the Grade 12 examinations during the year of the application, must achieve a minimum of 65% each in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences and English. (Applicants will be ranked in order of performance based on the arithmetic average of the best scores of 6 subjects that must include Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science and English). Life Orientation at level 4 is compulsory but is not part of the calculation.
- Mature students. Applicants must have completed the National Senior certificate (and have achieved at least 65% in Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Sciences and English) and have completed a degree course at a recognised university in South Africa.
- International student. Applicants are governed by a SADC agreement to accept applicants from countries without a medical school. Such applicants are channelled via their respective ministries. Such students, however, must meet the minimum requirements for admission as stated in 1. and 2. above.
Note: The selection of students is based on a ranking system which considers academic merit and is in compliance with the racial quotas as approved by the College of Health Sciences
CHS – MBChB 2 Curriculum
If a student fails a module, the student shall not repeat the failed module in the same semester.
Students will be required to take supplementary assessments in the component of the assessment which was failed. Components are defined as Written and Clinical.
In the event that a student fails a module which subsequently is modified in terms of content, expectations or assessment, the student shall be required to repeat the module in the modified form.
CHS – MBChB 3 IsiZulu proficiency test
All students in MBChB1 are required to pass the proficiency test in Year 1 in order to be exempted from/granted credit for the module CMED1ZU (IsiZulu for medical students). (notwithstanding the general rules for Bachelors Degrees BR9, and the general rules GR8 regarding exemptions from modules)
All candidates shall follow the relevant curriculum set out below:
CHS – MBChB 4 Progression rule
To maintain their good standing and to avoid either warning for slow academic progress or exclusion from the College, students must maintain minimum rates of progression through their qualifications. Minimum rates of progression for this qualification are set out below.
“At Risk” threshold
(75% of Maximum)
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB6)
First Year Modules
Name of Module
Basic and Foundation Science for Medicine
Becoming a Professional
Total Credits for year 1
Second Year Modules
Name of Module
Community and evidence based practice I
Co-ordination, protection and control
Total Credits for year 2