Types of Matric Certificates
The Matric certificate, also referred to as the National Senior Certificate (NSC), is issued to learners who have passed according to the National Curriculum. There are different types of these matric certificates depending on the level of achievement by the learner.
Matric certificate is also referred to as National Senior Certificate NSC. The certificate is an assurance that the leaner has achieved the exit level learning outcomes provided by the National Curriculum. There are different types of these matric certificates depending on the level of achievement by the learner.
The NSC is awarded provided that three subjects are passed with a minimum of 40% and three other subjects are passed at a minimum of 30%.
The candidate’s Home Language must be one of the subjects passed with a minimum of 40%.
A candidate may fail one subject, on condition that full evidence of the site-based assessment (SBA) module in the failedsubject can be provided.
The certificate may also indicate achievement of the minimum Higher Education admission requirements to study for one of the following:
• Higher Certificate Programme
• Diploma Programme
• Bachelor’s degree programme.
The National Senior Certificate with Higher Certificate admission requirements
The minimum admission requirement for a Higher Certificate is a NSC, as certified by Umalusi,
with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the Higher Education
However, certain institutional and programme needs may require particular combinations of recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.
For example, an institution may determine that a Higher Certificate in Architectural Design requires, in addition
to the NSC, an identified level of attainment in Design or an associated recognised subject.
The National Senior Certificate with Diploma admission requirements
The minimum admission requirement is an NSC, as certified by Umalusi, with an achievement
rating of 3 (moderate achievement, 40%–49%) or better in four recognised NSC 20-credit
subjects, and a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the Higher Education institution concerned.
Particular institutional and programme needs may require particular combinations of recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.
The National Senior Certificate with bachelor’s degree admission requirements
The minimum admission requirement is a NSC, as certified by Umalusi with a rating of
Adequate Achievement (50-59%), or better, in four subjects chosen from the designated list 1
of recognised 20-credit NSC subjects.
An indication of having achieved the minimum requirements as regulated is, however, not a
guarantee for a secure placement in a higher education programme.
Candidates are encouraged to refer to the Department of Basic Education website for further information: https://www.education.gov.za/ as well as the chosen higher learning institution for career requirement studies.
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