Diploma in Nature Conservation 

Admission requirements

Selection criteria for admission to the Diploma in Nature Conservation are based on both academic prowess and field experience.

National Senior Certificate with minimum rating codes:

Life Sciences (4) and English Home Language (4) or English First Additional Language (4)


In addition an achievement rating of 3 or better will be required in additional two NSC 20 credit subjects.

Senior Certificate (or equivalent), with a minimum 

English D (HG) and Biology D (HG)


A pass mark in Mathematics, Physical Science, or History/Geography will be a recommendation.


In addition, a student’s completed application form must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae detailing interests, hobbies, field experience and references indicating the candidate’s enthusiasm and suitability for the course.


Duration of study

The duration of the course is a minimum of three years, beginning with at least four semesters (two years) of attendance at the University, followed by a further two semesters (one year) of appropriate work integrated learning with a recognised conservation body.


Pass requirements

A student is given a course mark for tests written, practicals completed and/or assignments submitted throughout the semester. All students must attain a minimum course mark of 40% in order to gain examination entry in that subject.A student who has gained examination entry requires a subminimum of 40% in the examination in order to be eligible to pass that subject.The final mark for a subject is made up 40% by the course mark, and 60% by the examination mark. A final mark of at least 50% is required to pass that subject.In order to be promoted to the next level of the course a student may fail no more than two subjects, or have no more than one lower level subject outstanding. In addition a student may not register for a higher level subject if the prerequisites as laid down in the curriculum have not been fully complied with.

No student may register more than twice for a subject, and a student is allowed a maximum of five continuous years of study to complete the requirements for the Diploma.



The attendance of all practical classes and all organised field trips is compulsory. Students failing to attend practical classes and/or field trips will not gain examination entry for that subject, irrespective of marks attained.


Work integrated learning

All students are required to complete two semesters of work integrated learning with a recognised conservation organisation.

No student requiring more than one subject to complete the theoretical portion of his/her Diploma may register for work integrated learning. On registration a student will be issued with a work integrated learning manual outlining the tasks and assignments that must be completed in the two semesters of training.

Students who have not completed the requirements for the first semester of work integrated learning are required to reregister for that semester, and may not register for the second semester of work integrated learning. Students may register a maximum of twice for each of the semesters of work integrated learning.