What To Do If You Failed A Subject At A TVET College

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Failing a subject does not define your abilities. There are several options available to students who fail subjects at TVET Colleges. 


Technical Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) Colleges are tertiary institutions which focus on vocational and occupational education and training with the aim of preparing students to become functional workers in a skilled trade.There are 50 registered TVET Colleges located across South Africa. 

Many students are required to write TVET college exams to progress to the next level of their studies. However, they are not always successful. There are several options available to students who fail exams at TVET Colleges. 

A supplementary examination is an opportunity given to students who have failed to obtain a passing mark in their final exam. To qualify for a supplementary exam, a student must have achieved a Final Exam mark of at least 30% or more in the subject.

Criteria for Supplementary Examinations

  • If a student's mark is less than 30%, the subject must be repeated.
  • Each student is allowed a maximum of two (2) supplementary examinations per subject.
  • No more than two (2) subjects can be supplemented in any examination session

Procedure for Supplementary Examinations

Check with your college administration about the supplementary examination schedule and registration deadlines. Enroll for the supplementary examination if you meet the criteria. Prepare thoroughly for the supplementary exam to improve your chances of success. Attend the supplementary exam on the designated date and time.

Admissions to the Next Level

  • To progress to the next level, a student must pass a minimum of three (3) subjects on the same level.
  • This requirement applies to both Business and Engineering studies.
  • Subjects passed must be from at least two (2) different levels.

Options if Supplementary Examinations Are Exhausted

If a student has exhausted their two (2) opportunities for supplementary examinations in a specific subject, and they still fail to pass, they must repeat the subject on either a full-time or part-time basis. In this case, students are urged to consider seeking academic support or tutoring to improve performance in the subject.

Academic Support and Guidance

Seek assistance from your teachers, tutors, or academic advisors if you're struggling with any subjects. Utilize available resources such as study groups, library resources, and online tutorials to enhance your understanding of the subject matter.

Reviewing Study Strategies

Reflect on your study habits and strategies to identify areas for improvement. Adjust your study routine, seek feedback from instructors, and explore alternative learning methods to enhance your academic performance. If you're facing challenges beyond academics that are affecting your performance, consider seeking support from counseling services or student support programs offered by the college.

Failing a subject can be discouraging, but it's important to remain resilient and proactive in seeking solutions. Take advantage of the resources and support available to you, and approach your studies with determination and a positive mindset.

This article was based on information sourced from Flavius Mareka TVET College. The process may differ if you are registered at a different TVET college

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