Influence of Preadmission (Matriculation) Scores on the Progress of and Years taken to Graduate by Pharmacy Students at the University of the North, South Africa


  • Yosa M. Dambisya Pharmacy Programme, School of Health Sciences, University of the North, South Africa
  • Sehlapelo J. Modipa Pharmacy Programme, School of Health Sciences, University of the North, South Africa


Admission criteria, Graduation rates, Preadmission programmes, Pharmacy education, Student performance


Admission to the University of the North (UNIN) pharmacy programme is largely based on performance in the matriculation examinations, with a few students admitted through the UNIN foundation year (UNIFY) programme. We examined the relationship between matriculation scores and student’s performance at first year and the time taken to graduate. High matriculation scores were predictive of good performance in the first year. The English scores had no influence on first year performance. Students with mathematics at higher grade (HG) fared better than those with standard grade (SG) mathematics. However, the same did not apply to biology and physical science. The matriculation scores did not influence the time taken to graduate. Students from the UNIFY programme had higher four year graduation rates than those admitted directly from high school (52.5% against 26%, P 5 0.012). These findings will influence the ongoing review of our selection procedures.


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Dambisya, Y. M., & Modipa, S. J. (2004). Influence of Preadmission (Matriculation) Scores on the Progress of and Years taken to Graduate by Pharmacy Students at the University of the North, South Africa. Pharmacy Education, 4(2). Retrieved from



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