What Is An Amended Senior Certificate?

The National Senior Certificate is the high school leaving certificate after a learner has completed their matric year, so then what is an Amended National Senior Certificate? Keep reading to find out. 

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Once students have passed their final year of high school in South Africa, they will receive their National Senior Certificate (NSC) which is also known as their matric certificate. 

If students have not passed their final matric exams or are unhappy with their matric results they can apply to write the second national matric exam, previously known as the supplementary exams. 

Students who have been out of school for up to 5 years can opt to re-enroll in high school for their matric year and write the final exam, but those who have been out of school for more than 5 years can only apply for the Amended Senior Certificate (SC). The SC is equivalent to the NSC. 

The physical Amended Senior Certificate document is the exact same as the NSC. 

The only difference between the SC and the NSC is that for the NSC you will have completed matric through school assessments and exams, but for the SC you are only required to successfully complete the matric exams. 

Since you will not be doing school based assessments for the Amended Senior Certificate, the examinations that you write will count for 100% of the final mark of that subject. 

To qualify for the Amended Senior Certificate you must meet the following requirements: 

  • You have a grade 9 certificate, OR
  • You have not completed your matric certificate, 
  • You are over the age of 21 when you write your examinations. However, you can be 19 years old when you apply. 

The Department of Basic Education facilitates Matric rewrites through the Second Chance Matric Programme. The Programme provides support for NSC Supplementary Exams, NSC Progressed Learners, Amended Senior Certificate (SC) and Part-time NSC Candidates.

If you do not manage to pass these exams, don't worry because you can retake your matric exams as many times as you would like until you get your desired results. 

Visit the DBE website for more information. 

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