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Our Amended Senior Certificate Programmes offer you the chance to get your adult matric, rewrite your matric exam, or upgrade your matric results to help you to get a Matric Certificate, if you failed at first, or to improve your current marks.

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An Amended Senior Certificate, more commonly known as a Senior Certificate (Amended), is awarded to adult students after they successfully complete their Adult Matric Programme.

Once you have completed our Adult Matric Programme, you will receive an Amended Senior Certificate. This certificate is also known as the Senior Certificate (Amended). Such a certificate is for adult students who did not complete their Matric Certificate during high school.

Other commonly used names for this certificate include:

Available AmendedSenior Certificates

Which Certificate Is Right For You?

Currently offered to individuals in South Africa are several different Senior Certificates. It is important to take note that all of these certificates lead to the same educational qualification but how this is done is different for each certificate.

The options currently available include:

  1. A National Senior Certificate
  2. An Amended Senior Certificate
  3. A Matric Upgrade (which also awards you with an Amended Senior Certificate)
  4. A Matric Rewrite


National Senior Certificate

This certificate is awarded to individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 and is done during high school. This is commonly known as being your Grade 12 Certificate or your Matric Certificate.


Amended Senior Certificate

As an alternative to a National Senior Certificate, this certificate is available to anyone 21 years and older. This is done through our Adult Matric Programme. The only two requirements for this certificate are:

  • Firstly, you will need to be 21 years of age or older when writing the set exams for this certificate, and
  • Secondly, to be able to register for this certificate you will need to provide evidence that you did not complete your Matric Certificate during high school (either you failed, you did not write the exams, or you left school before your grade 12 year)


A Matric Upgrade

Registering for this programme requires you to either already has completed your matric before or after 2008 because of one of the following reasons:

  • Either a failed statement of results, or
  • A National Senior Certificate that needs to/or can be improved, or
  • An Amended Senior Certificate that needs to/or can be improved


At Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, we offer our Matric Upgrade – Amended Senior Certificate (NQF Level 4) – SAQA ID: 49647 programme that allows you to get this certificate. With this programme you can achieve one or more of the following:

  • You can add subjects to your matric certificate
  • You can improve certain or all of your Matric results
  • You can complete a totally new set of subjects
  • You can upgrade your results from a fail to a pass
  • Improve your results from a Higher Certificate Pass Grade to a Bachelor’s Degree Pass


A Matric Rewrite

Choosing to rewrite your Matric exams, will allow you the opportunity to improve on your original results. Rewriting your Matric exams can be several reasons, for example, either you failed, or you did not get the results you wanted and wish to better them.


The Second Chance Programme

Introduced by the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the second chance programme aims to give students who want to improve their original results, the chance to do so. By using the second chance programme as offered the DBE will help students to meet the minimum requirements to pass.

This means that students will have the chance to get their National Senior Certificate or a Senior Certificate.


Matric Rewrite Via Bellview Institute of Distance Learning

Registering for your Matric Rewrite via Bellview allows you to use this programme for a variety of reasons, and is not only offered to students who previously failed their exams. 

To complete your Matric Rewrite through Bellview, you will need to meet a certain number of requirements, these are:

  • You need to have already written your Matric exams. You are only able to use our Matric Rewrite Programme if you had previously written your exams, only then can you improve your result
  • You will need to be able to read and write in English or Afrikaans. You have the choice of which language you wish to write your exams in, but whichever one you choose, you need to be able to read and write in that language
  • You can only write a Matric Rewrite exam session if you are 21 years or older
  • You will be asked to provide the following documents:
    • The results from your previous exams, and
    • A certified copy of your ID


What Is An Amended Senior Certificate

After completing our Adult Matric Programme you will be awarded your Amended Senior Certificate.

Keep in mind that this certificate is awarded to you by Umalusi. Umalusi is the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training. This means that it is an accredited course that is recognised by a professional body.

One of the biggest benefits of getting an Amended Senior Certificate is that if you complete our Adult Matric Programme and you do so with a Bachelor’s Degree Pass you can apply for admission to a University. 

Remember that doing research about what degree you want to study and where is always a good idea. Each university has different admission requirements (with regards to general admission) and above that, they also have separate admission requirements for specific degrees.

Do You Qualify For An Amended Senior Certificate?

If you are unsure about whether you qualify for an Amended Senior Certificate, these are the entry requirements for successful registration to our Adult Matric Programme:

  • You must be 21 years or older at the time of writing the set exams for your Amended Senior Certificate. You can apply at the age of 19 but you can not write the exams till you turn 21
  • You need to be able to understand, read and write in either English or Afrikaans
  • You must be able to study via Distance Learning
  • You need to have a Grade 9 Certificate, or
  • A Grade 9 equivalent certificate (for example an ABET Level 4 certificate)

What Is An ABET Certificate?

ABET refers to the Adult Basic Education and Training initiative launched by the Department of Basic Education to provide them with a fundamental and basic understanding of general education. This is available to adults who aim to finish their basic education (up to Grade 9).

There are four ABET Levels:

  • ABET Level 1
  • ABET Level 2
  • ABET Level 3
  • ABET Level 4 (Also known as a GETC, which is a General Education and Training Certificate)


ABET Level 1

This covers the basic education provided during Grades 1, 2, and 3.


ABET Level 2

This covers the basic education provided during Grades 4, 5, and 6.


ABET Level 3

This covers the basic education provided during Grades 7 and 8.


ABET Level 4 (GETC)

This covers the basic education provided during Grade 9. 

Keep in mind: An ABET Level 4 qualification is NOT equal to a National Senior Certificate nor an Amended Senior Certificate. An ABET Level 4 qualification is rated as an NQF Level 1 education. 

A National Senior Certificate and an Amended Senior Certificate are both rated as an NQF Level 4 education.


Which Documents Do I Need To Apply For An Amended Senior Certificate?

Designed to be accessible to both South African and non-South African citizens, an Amended Senior Certificate can be applied for by anyone, keeping in mind they meet the requirements stated earlier.

As for which documents you will need to apply, here is the full list of required documents:


South African Citizens

  • A fully completed registration form
  • A certified copy of your Identity Document (ID), or Birth Certificate
  • If you already wrote an adult matric exam, you will be required to provide proof of this examination (either your results or your examination number)


Note: If you are a South African citizen, but you live abroad, you are still able to apply. You will however need to be in South Africa when you write your exams, as these exams are not done online.


Non-South African Citizens

  • A fully completed registration form
  • A certified copy of your passport
  • Proof of your highest qualification which has been approved by SAQA (South African Qualifications Association), and
  • Proof of your study permit


When Are Registrations Open For An Amended Senior Certificate?

You can register for your Amended Senior Certificate (Adult Matric Programme) at any time during the year with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning. 

The registration process through Bellview takes place in the following order. You will register with Bellview first for our Adult Matric Programme. After this successful registration, we help you to register with the Department of Basic Education, during their registration window.


Manual Registration

You can register manually at a variety of different provincial education offices. These offices include:

  • A circuit office, or
  • A district office, or
  • A provincial head office


Each of the nine provinces has a collection of circuit and district offices, and a provincial office, thus you can register at the following provincial offices:

  • Eastern Cape
  • Free State
  • Gauteng
  • KwaZulu-Natal
  • Limpopo
  • Mpumalanga
  • North West
  • Northern Cape
  • Western Cape


Online Registration

It is possible and much easier to register for your exams using the Department of Basic Education website. We will guide you through every step of this registration process.

Here is how to register for the exams online.

Note: Before attempting to register using your mobile phone, this is not possible. An application done using a mobile phone will not go through, you will be redirected to the first step of registration.

Thus it is important to know that you can ONLY apply using a PC or Laptop.


Step One

Visit the following link: https://www.eservices.gov.za/

This will take you to the following page:

Look for the ‘sign up/register’ tab at the top of this page.


Step Two

Create an account once you open the ‘sign-up/register’ page.


Step Three

After creating your account, you will be shown both the ‘terms and conditions’ and ‘privacy policy’ statements. It is recommended that you read through both and then tick the consent boxes. After this select ‘continue’


Step Four

You will be taken to the next part of your registration process, which will require you to complete your personal information, indicated in the blue square. Double-check that your information is correct, and does not contain any spelling errors.

Indicated on the right-hand side of your screen will be a progress tracker. This represents your registration progress.

Sometimes this page automatically times out and needs to be refreshed.


Step Five

The next page must be completed correctly as it contains your contact details. Here you are advised to give the correct contact details. If you do not know what your contact details are, please make sure of them before continuing.

This is important because an OTP (One Time Pin) will be sent to your provided phone number and/or current email address. This means that you must have your phone close by or your emails open. 

See below an image of what this page looks like and what information you have to enter.


Step Six

Next, you will be asked to enter your address details. Enter your correct residential address as this will determine where you will be writing your exams. 


Step Seven

In this step, you will need to create a strong password for your account registration. Make it a password that only you know and will be easy to remember. If need be, write it down for yourself somewhere.

The requirements for this password are the following:

  • It needs to be at least 8 characters/letters
  • It must contain one uppercase/capital letter (A, B, C, etc.)
  • It must contain one lowercase/small letter (a, b, c, etc.)
  • It must contain one number (1, 2, 3, etc)
  • It must contain one special character ([email protected]#$%^&*)


If your password does not meet these requirements, you will not be allowed to progress to the next step. 


Step Eight

Your final step in creating your account is to enter a certification code, which will be provided to you on the screen. If you struggle to identify it, select ‘refresh verification code’.


Step Nine

The next page will confirm whether or not you have successfully completed your account creation and registration.

Below is an image of what the screen will look like if you were successful.


Step Ten

After you successfully create your account you can register for the specific subjects you are aiming to write. You have the following option after logging into your account:

  • Select the ‘e-service’ tab and then select ‘matric services’.

Step Eleven

The following step will be to select if you want to receive your OTP via SMS or email. Remember to select the most appropriate method before moving on to the step.

If you did not enter the correct details during step five, you will not receive an OTP. 

After selecting which option you prefer, select ‘Ok’. After this, an OTP will be sent to you.


Step Twelve

Check that you have received an OTP either by SMS or email. If not, refresh your email inbox or reboot your mobile phone. If you are still experiencing any issues, they could be network-related or you can select ‘cancel’ and then request a new OTP.

After receiving your OTP, enter it as is indicated below.


Step Thirteen

Upon verification of your OTP, you will move onto the next page. Here you will enter your identification number and other personal information.

It is essential that you enter the correct identification number, if this is entered incorrectly you will not be able to write your exams.

Keep in mind to constantly save the information that you enter by using the bottom right corner button of the page.

Remember to select ‘yes’ to give consent that you accept all the conditions of your registration.

After doing so, select the ‘NEW REGISTRATION TAB’ at the top.


Step Fourteen

On the next page, you will select which type of certificate you received most recently. This can be a Grade 9 certificate or a previously written National Senior Certificate. Shown below are the possible options, after selecting the relevant certificate, save the information and then press next.


Step Fifteen

On this page, you will provide the information of where you previously wrote your exams, and where you would like to write your next exams. The system is designed to give you only the options closest to where you live.

Remember to save the information before moving on to the next step.


Step Sixteen

In this step, you will select the subjects in which you wish to write your final exam. Here you will also choose an examination center that is closest to where you live.

Note: If you can not find the exam center closest to where you live, we recommend scrolling through all the available locations to find the one closest to you.

Congratulations! You have now successfully registered for the Adult Matric exams. Note that you will receive an SMS and an exact date of when you will write the exams.


What Subjects Can I Write For An Amended Senior Certificate?

You can select a total of SIX subjects to write your Adult Matric exams in. Here is a full list of the subjects we offer:

Compulsory Subjects Elective Subjects

  • English Home Language Physical Sciences
  • English First Additional Language Life Science
  • Afrikaans Huistaal Agricultural Sciences
  • Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal Business Studies
  • isiZulu Home Language Economics
  • isiXhosa Home Language Accounting
  • Sepedi Home Language History
  • Xitsonga Home Language Geography
  • Tshivenda Home Language Human And Social Studies
  • Sesotho Home Language
  • Siswati Home Language
  • Setswana Home Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy

How Do I Choose My Subjects?

The subjects you choose all depend on what you wish to accomplish by completing an Amended Senior Certificate. Some of these reasons for example:

  • I want to improve my CV
  • I want to get a better passing grade
  • I aim to further my studies at tertiary level

     

I Want To Improve My CV

If this is your goal then we recommend you choose subjects that you can easily pass. Having a completed Senior Certificate will impress any future employers. Keep in mind that a subject you might find easy, another might not. Also remember that if you choose a subject in your previous exams and you failed, it might be a good idea to choose different subjects.


I Want To Get A Better Passing Grade

If your reason is to just achieve a higher passing grade then choosing subjects that you know you can exceed in will be the best ones to choose.


I Aim To Further My Studies At Tertiary Level

This is often the reason most people choose to complete an Amended Senior Certificate. Here it is a great idea to research the course you intend on studying to find out what the subject requirements are for that course. Doing so will show you exactly which subjects to choose.

What Are The Pass Requirements For An Amended Senior Certificate?

When you complete your examination session for your Amended Senior Certificate, as prescribed by the Department of Higher Education and Training, you will need to meet the following result per subject for you to pass:

  • You must pass THREE subjects with a minimum of 40%. ONE of these subjects must be an official language (Either English or Afrikaans) as a Home Language.
  • You must pass TWO subjects with a minimum of 30%. ONE of these must be an official language (Either English or Afrikaans) as either a First Additional or Home Language.

For the SIXTH subject, you must pass with a minimum of 20%.

How Can I Get An Amended Senior Certificate Fast?

Unfortunately, there is no way to fast-track your Amended Senior Certificate course. If, however, you are aiming to complete a Matric Upgrade, then you will be able to get your Amended Senior Certificate fast.

If so then you will need to register for our Matric Upgrade course as soon as you receive your Matric Results. This means that once you get your results in January, you can apply immediately and then write your exams during May and June of the same year. In total, completing your Matric Upgrade can take you just 3 to 4 months to complete.

Find the entry requirements for our Matric Upgrade course here:

  • You need to have completed your matric, and
  • You are 21 years or older, and
  • You had failed your initial exam, or
  • You want to improve your initial results
  • You can complete a course via Distance Learning
  • You can read and write in either English or Afrikaans

How Long Does It Take To Complete An Amended Senior Certificate?

This is all dependent on what type of student you are. Here are two of the major factors that play a part in how long it will take you to complete our Adult Matric Programme:

  1. The pace at which you can learn
  2. Your family or career obligations

     

Are There Different Time Frames In Which I Can Complete An Amended Senior Certificate?

Yes, there are.

You can complete our Adult Matric Programme, which can be completed in the following time frames:

  • One Year
  • Two Years
  • Three Years

     

One Year

If you are someone who learns at a quick pace and you do not have any difficulties in understanding the course material, and you have no family commitments or career obligations, then you can complete your Amended Senior Certificate in one year.


Two Years

If however, can you have certain circumstances that may influence the pace at which you study, then you can always spread your six subjects out over two years. This means you will complete 3 subjects per year.


Three Years

This option is best for individuals who have a busy life and need to manage their time very well. You can thus complete two subjects per year.

What Are The Four Types Of Matric Certificate That I Can Get After Completing My Amended Senior Certificate?

There are FOUR potential certificates you can get:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Pass
  • A Diploma Pass
  • A Higher Certificate Pass
  • An Amended Senior Certificate Pass


Bachelor’s Degree Pass

This is the ideal result to get after writing your Adult Matric Exams. Some students achieve distinctions when they get this pass level. Meaning that there is a direct link between getting distinctions and receiving a Bachelor’s Pass.


What Are The Minimum Requirements To Get This Certificate?

The minimum requirements to get this certificate are as follows:

Obtain 40% for your Home Language
Obtain 50% for four other Higher Credit subjects
Obtain 30% for one other subject
Minimum APS Score For A Bachelor’s Degree Pass

Subjects Points

Four High Credit subjects 4 points
Home Language 3 points
Two other subjects 2 points
Total Points 23 points


What Can I Do With A Bachelor’s Degree Pass?

When you obtain a Bachelor’s Degree Pass, you can apply to complete a degree course, a diploma course, a higher certificate course, and a certificate course.

If you pass your Matric with this pass grade, you are more likely to find employment.

Note: Each university has its unique admission requirements and on top of that they may also have different admission requirements for different degrees. This means that you might gain entry into a university but you might not be admitted because some of your results are too low, or you simply did not select the right subjects.


A Diploma Pass

With this passing grade, you still have the opportunity to apply for admission to a university, but you will only be able to apply for admission to a diploma or a higher certificate course. Each university as already stated has a range of different admission requirements.


What Are The Minimum Requirements To Get This Certificate?

The minimum requirements to get this certificate are as follows:

Obtain 40% for your Home Language
Obtain 40% for four other High Credit subjects
Obtain 30% for one other subject
Minimum APS Score For A Diploma Pass

Subjects Points

Four High Credit subjects 3 points
Home Language 3 points
Two other subjects 2 points
Total Points 19 points


What Can I Do With A Diploma Pass?

When you have successfully completed and obtained a Diploma Pass, you can apply for a diploma course, a higher certificate course, and a general certificate course.

Our Principal Talks About What You Can Study After Passing Matric With A Diploma Pass


Higher Certificate Pass

What Are The Minimum Requirements To Get This Certificate?

The minimum requirements to get this certificate are as follows:

  • Obtain 40% in your Home Language
  • Obtain 40% in two other subjects
  • 30% in two other subjects
  • One of your Home Languages must be English or Afrikaans to qualify for this certificate


Minimum APS Score For A Higher Certificate Pass

Subjects Points
Home Language 3 points
Two other subjects 3 points
Three other subjects 2 points
Total Points 15 points


What Can I Do With A Higher Certificate Pass?

With a Higher Certificate passing grade, you can apply for a higher certificate or a general certificate course. Unfortunately, you will not be able to go to a university, but you can gain admission to a College or Distance Learning Institution.

Our Principal Talks About What You Can Study After Passing Matric With A Higher Certificate Pass


Amended Senior Certificate Pass

What Are The Minimum Requirements To Get This Certificate?

The minimum requirements to get this certificate are as follows:

  • Pass at least 3 subjects with 40%. One of these subjects should be an official Home Language
  • Pass at least 2 subjects with 30%. One of these subjects should be a First Additional Language or Home Language
  • You are allowed to fail 1 subject. The minimum percentage you can get for this subject is 20%

Minimum APS Score For A Senior Certificate (Amended) Pass

Subjects Points
Home Language 3 points
Two other subjects 3 points
Four other subjects 2 points
Total Points 14  points


What Can I Do With A Higher Certificate Pass?

You can further your studies by completing several short courses at certain Colleges. Each college has its own admission requirements. You can apply to complete all the courses we offer at Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, by using your Higher Certificate Pass.

If unhappy with your Amended Senior Certificate results you can complete our Matric Upgrade programme, which will allow you to improve your marks.

Remember that in South Africa, having a Matric Certificate is very important. Your employability is directly determined by your qualifications.

At Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, you can complete any of our courses with any of the pass levels. Here is a list of the courses we offer, that you can complete after your Matric:

  • NATED (National Accredited Technical and Education Diploma) Qualifications
  • ICB (Institute for Certified Bookkeepers) Qualifications

NATED Qualifications

Financial Management: NATED Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You need to apply with a matric certificate or a matric equivalent certificate
  • You will have to be comfortable with studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English

Courses Offered

Business Management: NATED Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You need to apply with a matric certificate or a matric equivalent certificate
  • You will have to be comfortable with studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English

Courses Offered

Marketing Management: NATED Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You need to apply with a matric certificate or a matric equivalent certificate
  • You will have to be comfortable with studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English

Courses Offered

Educare: NATED Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You need to apply with a matric certificate
  • You will have to be comfortable with studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English

Courses Offered

Legal Secretary: NATED Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You need to apply with a matric certificate
  • You will have to be comfortable with studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English

Courses Offered

Human Resource Management Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You need to apply with a matric certificate or a matric equivalent certificate
  • You will have to be comfortable with studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English

Courses Offered

Management Assistant: NATED Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You need to apply with a matric certificate or a matric equivalent certificate
  • You will have to be comfortable with studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English

Courses Offered

ICB Qualifications

Business Management: ICB Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You are able to apply with a Grade 10 certificate
  • You need to be comfortable studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English
  • You need to be 16 years or older

Courses Offered

Bookkeeping And Accounting: ICB Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You can apply with a Grade 11 certificate or bridging course
  • You need to be comfortable studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English
  • You need to be 16 years or older

Courses Offered

Office Administration: ICB Courses

Entry Requirements

  • You can apply with a Grade 12 certificate, a matric equivalent, or a bridging course
  • You need to be comfortable studying via distance learning
  • Have the ability to read and write in English
  • You need to be 16 years or older

Courses Offered

Can I Get My Amended Senior Certificate Results Online?

You can get your Amended Senior Certificate results online. You can view your results directly on the Department of Basic Education’s website.


Do Universities Accept Amended Senior Certificate?

If you passed on a Bachelor’s Degree level, you will meet one of the application requirements for university. 

Keep in mind that this does not guarantee acceptance – you will need to meet all of the other university requirements, choose the right subjects and get high marks.


What Does An Amended Senior Certificate Look Like?

Both a National Senior Certificate and an Amended Senior Certificate look exactly the same. The only visible difference is that the Amended Senior Certificate says ‘Senior Certificate’, and a National Senior Certificate says ‘National Senior Certificate’.

See below an image of both the certificates. Remember that the only difference is in the title of the certificate.


Is An Amended Senior Certificate An Umalusi Certificate?

Yes, you can consider an Amended Senior Certificate as an Umalusi certificate. Umalusi awards and issues you with your Amended Senior Certificate. If a certificate does not have the official emblem of Umalusi on it, then it is not accredited or issued by Umalusi.

See below for the official emblem of Umalusi.


Umalusi

Umalusi is one of three national quality councils. The remaining two are the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).

As an educational institution, Umalusi is in control of developing and managing qualifications for both General and Further Education.

General and Further Education forms part of the National Quality Framework. The National Quality Framework determines at what level an educational qualification is. 

See below for an image that explains everything you need to know regarding NQF Levels and our courses.


What Are The Qualifications That Are Currently Certified By Umalusi?

Umalusi currently certifies and issue three main qualifications, these being:

  • Matriculation Qualifications
  • Vocational Qualifications
  • Adult and Training Qualifications


Matriculation Qualifications

Umalusi awards, issues, and certifies the following Matric Certificates:

  • The National Senior Certificate (NQF Level 4)
  • The Amended Senior Certificate (NQF Level 4)


Vocational Qualifications

Umalusi awards, issues, and certifies the following Vocational Certificates:

  • The National Technical N3 Certificate (NQF Level 4)
  • The National Certificate: Vocational (NCV) (NQF Level 4)


Adult Education And Training Qualifications

Umalusi award, issues and certifies the following Adult Education and Training Certificates:

  • The General Education and Training Certificates for Adults (GETC: ABET) (NQF Level 1)
  • General Education and Training Certificate for Adults (GETCA) (NQF Level 1)
  • National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) (NQF Level 4)

How Do I Verify My Amended Senior Certificate?

For you to verify your Amended Senior Certificate, all you need to do is contact any of the verification clients registered with Umalusi.

Umalusi does not directly verify certificates. Meaning that a member of the public can not apply to Umalusi for the verification of their certificates. See below for a list of some of these verification clients which you can contact:

Verification Client Telephone Number

SAQA (South African Quality Assurance) 012 431 5010
V-Report (Division of IndetiRisk South Africa) 011 432 8441/4416
Veri Source Consulting CC 011 794 1925
National Validation Services 010 593 1998
Fraudcheck (Pty) Ltd 011 262 5252
Dots Africa 010 446 7683


What Exactly Is The Difference Between The National Senior Certificate And An Amended Senior Certificate?

At the core of both these certificates, they are the same. They do have some minor differences, but you can achieve the same goals with both of them.

Here are some of these minor differences:

National Senior Certificate

  • With regards to your marks, both your class marks (for assignments and tests) and your year-end exam marks will count
  • To complete your National Senior Certificate you have to be 21 years and younger to complete this course
  • Regarding your subjects, you only need to pass six out of your total of seven subjects


Amended Senior Certificate

  • With regards to your marks, only your written exam marks will count towards your results
  • You need to be 21 years or older when you write the exams, but you can apply for this programme at the age of 19 already
  • It is only necessary to pass five of your six subjects


What Exactly Is The Difference Between An Amended Senior Certificate And A National Certificate (Vocational)?

See here for the differences between an Amended Senior Certificate and a National Certificate (Vocational):

Amended Senior Certificate

  • You need to be 21 years or older when you write the exams, but you can apply for this programme at the age of 19 already
  • It is only necessary to pass five of your six subjects


National Certificate (Vocational)

  • You can apply to complete this course when you are 16 years of age or older
  • You will need to pass six out of your seven subjects


What Is The Combination Of Matric Results?

When you aim to improve your Matric results, there are several ways you can do so. One of which is to combine your old results with a new set of results. You can combine your results under the following circumstances:

  • You intend to combine your results for an old National Senior Certificate with new results for your National Senior Certificate (These new results will be received during supplementary exams)
  • You intend to combine your results from your initial National Senior Certificate with your new results for your Amended Senior Certificate
  • You intend to combine the results of an already completed Amended Senior Certificate with results from a following most recent Amended Senior Certificate


Am I Able To Combine My Amended Senior Certificate And My National Senior Certificate?

Yes, you can.

You can combine a set of results for your Amended Senior Certificate, with a set of results for your National Senior Certificate. To do so you will need to apply for a replacement certificate, under the ‘change of status’ option.

The government does not automatically combine your results. They only combine your results if you wrote the supplementary exams.


How Do I Get A Replacement Certificate?

There are two methods you can use to apply for and receive your replacement certificate:

  1. Visiting your nearest Department of Basic Education offices or the Provincial Education Department offices
  2. You can download the change of status request form from the website of the Department of Basic Education, complete it in full and submit it via post


Visiting Your Nearest Department Of Basic Education Offices

After paying the required fee by postal order at your nearest Post Office. You can do so either with cash or by cheque. After payment has been made take the following documents to your nearest Department of Basic Education Offices:

  • Your Proof of Payment
  • Your original ID as well as a certified copy of your ID
  • Every set of results you have from different exam sessions


Submitting Your Application Via Post

You can post your change of status application to Private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001

After downloading and completing the correct application form, attach the following documents:

  • Your Proof of Payment
  • A Certified copy of your ID
  • Every set of results you have from different exam sessions


How Much Does Combining My Results Cost?

Combining your results will cost you R141. If you want a statement of your results after applying for a combination of your results, it will cost you R52.

Note that these prices are only valid until 31 March 2022.


Is An Amended Senior Certificate Equivalent To A Matric?

Yes, they are equal.

Both of these certificates are at an NQF Level of 4, meaning that they carry the same educational weight.


What Is The NQF?

The National Qualifications Framework, or NQF, is the grading scale of qualifications that ensure that different levels of qualifications are measured using the same criteria. Its basic function is to arrange different levels of academic achievement.

See here for a breakdown of the different NQF Levels:

Qualification NQF Level
General Certificate: ABET Level 4/Grade 9 1
Elementary Certificate: Grade 10 2
Intermediate Certificate: Grade 11 3
National Certificate (Including NSC, ASC, NCV & MEC) 4
Higher Certificate 5
Diploma & Advanced Certificate 6
Bachelor’s Degree & Advanced Diploma 7
Honours Degree & Postgraduate Diploma 8
Masters Degree 9
Doctoral Degree 10


What Are The Bands Of NQF?

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) consists of three bands, each of which focuses on a different aspect, are the following:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Development


These bands each have the following different titles:

  • General Education and Training Band (GET Band)
  • Further Education and Training Band (FET Band)
  • Higher Education and Training Band (HET Band)


The General Education And Training Band

The first of the three bands, General Education and Training, ends in Grade 9. Students who attend private and public schools, or those completing an ABET Level 4 education, will fall into this band. 

Otherwise known as the first exit level of the NQF Levels.

This band is made up of:

  • Every Grade from Grade R to Grade 9
  • All ABET Levels from ABET Level 1 to GETC: ABET Level 4


See the image below for more information on where this band is with regards to the NQF.


The Further Education And Training Band

The second of the three bands, Further Education and Training, consists of levels 2, 3, and 4 of the NQF. High Schools, FET, TVET Colleges, and Distance Learning Institutions offer education under this band.

The FET band elaborates on the basic knowledge and skills that students gain during their GET band and aims to improve and increase their knowledge and skills even more.

These qualifications are assured by:

  • The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)
  • Umalusi


The Higher Education And Training Band

The third of the NQF bands, the Higher Education and Training band, is the final and last of the NQF bands. The qualifications awarded under this band range from NQF Level 5 to NQF Level 10, and are offered by Universities and Colleges. 

The Council for Higher Education assures these qualifications.

Qualifications that typically fall in this band include:

  • Bachelor’s Degrees
  • Honours Degrees
  • Masters Degrees
  • Doctoral Degrees

Frequently Asked Questions

You will need to meet the following requirements to pass matric on a Bachelor’s Degree level:

  • Minimum of 40% for your Home Language
  • Minimum of 50% in four other high subjects
  • Minimum of 30% in two other subjects

If you passed Adult Matric on a Bachelor’s Degree level, universities will accept your Amended Senior Certificate for their entry criteria.

Note that you will also have to meet the other requirements for university that are different for each study stream. You will also need to have high marks to increase your chance of being accepted.

Amended Matric Certificates are on the same level as a standard matric certificate. This course allows those who do not have a matric certificate or those who did not pass matric to get a matric certificate.

All of your assignments and studies will be handled online during your Adult Matric course. You will only need to go to an allocated examination venue when you write your final matric exam.

The accreditation of your course depends on the learning institution you choose. An accredited institution will provide you with an accredited course and, so, an accredited qualification.

The pass levels for an Amended Senior Certificate are as follows:

  • Pass 5 of the 6 subjects you chose
  • Get a minimum of 40% for your Home Language and two other subjects
  • Get a minimum of 30% for your First Additional Language and one other subject
  • Get a minimum of 20% for your final subject

You can choose to complete your Adult Matric course in a period of:

  • 12 months
  • 24 months
  • 36 months


It is recommended to complete this course in 12 or 24 months.

You need to meet the following criteria:

  • You have a Grade 9 certificate
  • You do not have a Matric certificate
  • You must be over the age of 21 years old when you take the exam, but you can apply for an Amended Senior Certificate at the age of 19

An Amended Senior Certificate is obtained by people who do not have a matric and are over the age of 21 years old. A National Senior Certificate is obtained when you complete your matric year and pass the grade in high school.

Matric Programmes available for you to do to get your Amended Senior Certificate Include:

  • Adult Matric
  • Matric Upgrade
  • Matric Rewrite

To change the information on your Matric Certificate you will need to apply with the Department of Education and fill out what is called an (Application for Change/Correction of Personal Particulars: Administrative Errors or Application for re-issue of senior certificate/NSC due to change of personal information: Legal changes) form.

Yes, you can complete a Matric Rewrite course online through Distance Learning. However, you will have to write a sit-down exam at a venue determined by the Department of Higher Education.

The Amended Senior Certificate is on an NQF level 04.

You will receive the NSC upon completing Matric and having completed assessments and exams. You will receive the SC if you successfully complete your Adult Matric.

Yes, you can. You can combine your SC and your NSC. However, your best marks will be considered and will be the ones to appear on the certificate.

The May/June 2022 NSC exams have officially started. These exams are open for people who want to upgrade their marks or to obtain their NSC or SC. These exams are due to end on 23 June 2022.

Yes, you can. You can register for our No Matric courses, even if you did not pass your matric.

If you have completed your matric final exams and would like to improve your marks, you can register with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning. You can apply for our Matric Upgrade: Amended Senior Certificate course.

Yes, you can. If you apply for the Matric Upgrade, you can change your Matric subjects to subjects that you are more interested in.

Yes, you can. Unisa accepts students that have an Amended Senior Certificate as it is the same as a Matric Certificate.

Yes, they do. You can apply to university with your upgraded marks as long as you receive a Bachelor’s Degree Pass.

The different Matric Pass levels include:

  • Bachelors Degree Pass
  • Diploma Pass
  • Higher Certificate Pass
  • National Senior Certificate Pass

No, you cannot. The recommended time for completing Matric courses is between 12 and 24 Months.

Yes, you can. The requirements to study NATED Legal Secretary courses is an Amended Senior Certificate or a National Senior Certificate.

You should study an Amended Senior Certificate because with the qualification you will be able to meet the requirements to study a variety of courses that will benefit your future career.

Yes, it is. With an Amended Senior Certificate you will be able to apply for any one of our courses which will set you up for a successful career.

Yes, you can. The minimum requirement for the Management courses are a Matric certificate or an Amended Senior Certificate.

The Adult Matric course is 12 – 24 months long.

Yes, you can. An Amended Senior Certificate is the same as the Matric Certificate that you would get at the end of your high school career. That means that you can use it to apply to further your education at higher learning institutions.

Yes. An Amended Senior Certificate is the same as the matric certificate that you would get at the end of your high school matric year. That means that you can use it to apply to further your education at higher learning institutions.

Yes, you can combine your National Senior Certificate with your Senior Certificate (Amended). You must apply for this process to be done.

It will cost R141 for a replacement certificate or a combination of results.

Author: Morné van Emmenis
Editor: Sanel Louwrens