Candidates, who do not qualify to write the supplementary examination, have the following options:
- Re-enrol for the NSC as a full-time repeater candidate at a school without delay, provided that the candidate is younger than 21 years of age.
- Register as a part-time repeater candidate at a Public Adult Education Centre.
- Register for the Senior Certificate (SC) examination which is a school leaving qualification for adults and out-of school learners, provided the validity of the candidate's SBA has expired.
- Alternatively, candidates that were not successful in their examinations could consider vocational education and training. There are 50 Public Further Education and Training (FET) colleges across all provinces of South Africa comprising over 300 campuses or teaching sites.