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Passing Matric: Requirements

Matric is a big commitment. Over the course of the year, you will pour your heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears and every other cliche for effort into your work. And quite rightly so; a Matric certificate is an essential part of today's education and employment landscape.

Passing Matric: Requirements

While there are options for furthering your education without one, your life will be one hell of a lot easier if you are able to pass Matric. With that in mind, it's probably important for you to know what the minimum requirements are for passing Matric.

There are three levels of Matric certificates:

  • Bachelors Degree pass
  • Diploma pass
  • Higher Certificate pass

Let's look at each in turn.

Bachelors Degree pass

This level of pass will allow you to go on to study for a Bachelor's Degree at a university. The requirements for this are:

  • At least 40% for your Home Language
  • At least 50% for four other High Credit subjects
  • At least 30% for two other subjects

Diploma pass

This level of pass allows you to study towards a Diploma after school. You may fail only one subject. The requirements for this are:

  • At least 40% for your Home Language
  • At least 40% for four other High Credit subjects
  • At least 30% for two other subjects

Higher Certificate pass

These are the minimum requirements for passing Matric. You may fail one subject. The requirements here are:

  • 40% for your Home Language
  • At least 40% in two other subjects
  • At least 30% in three other subjects
  • One of your languages must be either English or Afrikaans

The following subjects qualify as High Credit subjects:

  • Languages
  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics & Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Music
  • Physical Sciences
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts

Article by: Conor Engelbrecht

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