Mathematical Literacy Does Not Mean No Degree


Some learners complete their Grade 12 year without knowing what careers they want to pursue and what to study for. In the ideal world, these questions are settled long before learners sit down to write their Grade 12 examinations. The reality is different. Many learners put all their energy and focus on passing Grade 12 and only start thinking about career and study choices when they know that they have passed.

From my experiences in coaching young people, the first three questions that come up after having achieved a Bachelors pass are “What am I going to study?”, “Which university still accepts late application and registration?”, and “What can I study when I haven’t done Pure Maths?”.


The aim of this article is to help those learners that will soon ask question 3, “What can I study when I haven’t done Pure Maths?”.

There is of course more to career and study choice than just being accepted in a faculty. Ideal work includes work that you enjoy, that you are good at, and one that employers are looking for. Keep this in mind as you complete those last-minute applications.

I have listed below some of the undergraduate degrees one can study without Pure Maths. Take note though that this differs from university to university and that some institutions might require a higher pass mark in Mathematical Literacy to approve applications.

  • Bachelor of Commerce Extended
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Information Science
  • Bachelor of Biokinetics
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (BOccTher)
  • Bachelor of Oral Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Dental Science
  • Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Most Bachelor of Arts degrees including:
    • Psychology
    • Sport Psychology
    • Media Studies and Journalism
    • Language
    • Public Governance
    • Digital Arts
    • Law

I wish you the best of luck for your future studies and work.


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