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The Senior Certificate is an award obtained by completing High School. They are generally referred to as Matric Certificates.

There are a total of three types of Senior Certificates:

Available Senior Certificates

National Senior Certificate (NSC)

The National Senior Certificate is awarded to students who have finished their final year of high school (matric) and passed their exams. The final mark that will determine if you pass or not is calculated by combining the results of in-class tests, assignments as well as your final matric exams.


Details Of Getting A National Senior Certificate

Here are the requirements and details of the National Senior Certificate:

  • Award achieved after finishing grade 12 of High School
  • You must be younger than 21 to write these exams
  • You can rewrite your matric before you turn 21
  • You cannot add any other subjects to your choice
  • NQF level 04
  • You can go to university depending on your final marks and subject choices (as well as meeting additional university requirements)

Amended Senior Certificate (Adult Matric)

People who successfully complete the Adult Matric programme will be given an Amended Senior Certificate. There are no class tests or assignments that count towards your pass marks. Your final matric examination is the only thing that will determine your mark.


Details Of Getting An Amended Senior Certificate

  • Award achieved after completing the Adult Matric course
  • You must be 21 years old or older to write your exams
  • Written through a TVET college or Distance Learning Institution
  • You can rewrite this course as many times as necessary
  • Extra or different subjects can be added to your coursework
  • NQF level 04
  • You can go to university depending on your final marks and subject choices (as well as meeting additional university requirements)

Matric Upgrade

If you have already written matric but need to improve your marks, you can apply for a Matric Upgrade and work towards getting your NSC.


Details Of Matric Upgrade

  • Award achieved after completing the Matric Upgrade course
  • You must be 21 years old or older to write your exams
  • Written through a Distance Learning Institution
  • You can rewrite this course as many times as necessary
  • Extra or different subjects can be added to your coursework
  • NQF level 04
  • You can go to university depending on your final marks and subject choices (as well as meeting additional university requirements) 

The National Senior Certificate and Amended Senior Certificate look the same, the only difference is when you finish the course. Both of these certificates are also issued and accredited by the accreditation body known as Umalusi.

Umalusi

Umalusi is a quality council that is responsible for developing and maintaining educational standards. Umalusi does the following:

  • Accredits education and training providers
  • Sets educational standards and qualifications recognised in South Africa
  • Maintains a standard for General Further Education and Training
  • Verifies and accredits certificates

Certifying Matric Qualifications

Umalusi certifies matric qualifications, including:

  • The Senior Certificate (Amended) SC(A) – NQF Level 4
  • The National Senior Certificate (NSC) – NQF Level  4

Can I Go To University With An Amended Senior Certificate?

Universities accept Amended Matric certificates. If you obtained a Bachelor’s Degree Pass upon completing your Adult Matric course, you will meet one of the application requirements for university entry.

Universities have specific entry requirements for each of their programmes. You will need to meet all of these entry requirements and get high marks to improve your chances of university acceptance.

Combining An Amended Senior Certificate And NSC

You can combine your National Senior Certificate and Amended Senior Certificate. If you want to combine two matric results obtained at different places, you will have to apply for a combined mark at the DHET.

Combining your matric certificates can be done by:

  • The postal method
  • Visiting the DBE’s website or offices

     

The Postal Method

You can download the replacement certificate form to change your matric certificate status. After filling in the form, you will need to attach certified documents as required and a proof of payment.

You can then send it as a postal order to private Bag X895, Pretoria, 0001.


The Department of Basic Education

You will need to follow these guidelines to combine your matric results with The DBE:

  • Visit the DBE office or website
  • Have your ID ready 
  • Have a certified copy of your ID
  • Bring the results from both of your exam sittings 
  • Have a fee of R141 (cash) or a receipt of the payment when applying online


How Long Does It Take To Combine My Certificates?

It takes between 4 to 6 weeks to get your combined matric certificate. If you need your results sooner to apply for a university course, you can apply for a result statement. You will need to pay R52 for this and you will receive the results much sooner.

Pass Requirements For The Amended Senior Certificate

You will need to choose 6 subjects for your Adult Matric course and you need to pass 5 of these subjects to get your Amended Senior Certificate.

You will pass the course if you have the following marks:

  • Pass 3 subjects (including your Home Language) with 40%
  • Pass 2 subjects (including your First Additional Language) with 30%
  • Pass 1 subject with at least 20%

     


These are the minimum requirements for passing Adult Matric. If you want to further your studies through university, you will need to pass with higher marks.


Different Senior Certificate Pass Levels

You can pass Adult Matric on one of the following levels:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Pass 
  • Diploma Pass 
  • Higher Certificate Pass 
  • Senior Certificate Pass

     

Bachelor’s Degree Pass 

Minimum requirements:

  • Home Language: 40%
  • Four other subjects: 50%
  • One subject: 30%

     

Diploma Pass 

Minimum requirements:

  • Home Language: 40%
  • Four subjects: 40%
  • One subject: 30%

     

Higher Certificate Pass 

Minimum requirements:

  • Home Language: 40%
  • Two subjects: 40%
  • Three other subjects: 30%

     

Senior Certificate Pass

Minimum requirements:

  • Home Language: 40%
  • Two other subjects: 40%
  • Three other subjects: 20%

     

Calculating Your APS

An Admission Point Score (APS) can be used to determine your pass level. You can calculate your APS here: https://whatcanistudy.co.za/

Tips For Passing Adult Matric

You can use these helpful tips to pass your Adult Matric:

  • Use past papers
  • Create a timetable
  • Ask for help
  • Interact with fellow students
  • Take notes

     

Use Past Papers

By looking at past matric exam papers, you can determine the types of questions asked as well as see which topics they focus on. By practicing past matric papers, you will find it easier to answer the questions.


Create A Timetable

Although Distance Learning courses allow you to have a flexible study schedule, it is still important to make sure that you get through all of your study materials. Make sure that you take your time with your study materials so that you do not have to cram all of your work right before you write. 


Ask For Help

Your tutors are there to help you to understand the study material you are struggling with. If you do not understand some parts of your course material, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.


Interact With Fellow Students

Studying in groups (physically or virtually) will motivate you to study. Sometimes having someone explain the course work in their own words can help you to understand the work better. These groups also help you to find extra resources that explain your course work easier.


Take Notes

When you contact your tutors or speak to fellow students, it is good to make notes for you to go back to. This simply solidifies your understanding of the work and makes revision easier.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Once you have finished your Adult Matric course, you can find your results at:

  • The place where you wrote the Adult Matric exams
  • The Provincial/District offices of the DBE
  • The website of the DBE:
    • Visit their website
    • Enter the exam number you were given
    • Add the other required personal details
    • Click the search button
    • You should be able to view your matric results

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.

Yes, a National Senior Certificate (NQF level 04) is also known as a Matric Certificate. The two terms are interchangeable.

Yes – A National Senior Certificate (NSC) is a matric certificate obtained after completing high school. The Senior Certificate (SC) is also known as Adult Matric and is a matric certificate obtained by those who are 21 or older.

The certificates are identical qualifications, the only difference is the time frame in which the course is completed. These certificates will be regarded the same by employers and learning institutions.

 

The minimum pass requirements for a Senior Certificate are:

  • 40% in three subjects (one of which must be a Home Language)
  • 30% in two other subjects
  • 20% in the sixth subject

You will need to write at least 6 subjects in matric out of which you need to pass 5 in order to get your Senior Certificate.

The minimum pass requirements for a Senior Certificate are:

  • Pass 3 subjects with a minimum of 40% (including your Home Language)
  • Pass 2 subjects with a minimum of 30%
  • Pass your final subject with a minimum of 20%

Depending on your pass levels, you can use your Senior Certificate to:

  • Apply for entry-level jobs
  • Further your studies by completing a Distance Learning course
  • If you pass on a Bachelor’s Degree level, you can apply at university

The following subjects are compulsory for obtaining your matric certificate:

  • Home Language
  • First Additional Language
  • Mathematics OR Mathematics Literacy
  • Life Orientation

A National Senior Certificate is a combination of examinations and school based assessments. A Senior Certificate is solely based on examinations.

Anyone that has a grade 9 certificate and does not have a Matric certificate.

The available Senior Certificate course that Bellview offers include:

  • Adult Matric
  • Matric Upgrade
  • Matric Rewrite
  • Volwasse Matriek

Yes, you can. With a senior certificate you can apply for any type of course at a college or university.

No, you cannot. You will need to take 7 subjects in total of which you must pass 6 in order to get your Senior Certificate.

A Senior Certificate is on an NQF level 04.

There are four matric pass levels which include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Pass
  • Diploma Pass
  • Higher Certificate Pass
  • National Senior Certificate

The symbol HC in Matric Results indicates that you have obtained a Higher Certificate Matric pass level. You can register in college with your Higher Certificate.

A Senior Certificate is awarded to students who complete their matric after the age of 21 years old. A Senior Certificate is made up of only exam marks.

If you wish to upgrade your matric, you can register for our Matric Upgrade: Amended Senior Certificate course. You will receive study material and have access to tutors, who will help ensure that you are prepared to write your exams.

Any course that is on an NQF level 4 is equivalent to a Matric certificate. An Amended Senior Certificate and a National Senior Certificate are regarded as Matric Certificates while the Bookkeepping ICB: National Certificate is equivalent to a Matric certificate.

No, you cannot. To obtain your Matric Certificate, you are only allowed to fail one subject. If you fail more than one subject then you will not receive a Matric Certificate and you will have to register for a Matric Programme in order to obtain your Certificate.

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) is the Certificate that you get upon completing your Matric in High School.

Yes, you can. You can apply for any of our NATED and ICB courses with your Senior Certificate (National Senior Certificate or Amended Senior Certificate).

No, you cannot. You cannot do any Matric course in six months. Matric courses will take you 12 to 24 months to complete.

Yes, you can. You can apply for our NATED Educare courses with a Senior Certificate.

The types of passes that you can get in Matric include:

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

You can apply for our Adult Matric course. Alternatively, you can also register for one of our no matric courses which include:

  • Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate
  • Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate
  • Small Business: Financial Management: ICB National Certificate

The Matric courses are 12 – 24 months long.

Author: Karla Nortier
Editor: Sanel Louwrens