If you failed the recent matric examinations, you don’t need to distress there is still options that you can pursue. There are three options. 

Firstly, you can go back to school and write the year again.

Secondly, you can have your exams rechecked, where they will check to see if your exam marks were added up correctly. This costs R18 per paper.

Thirdly, you can have your exams remarked completely, where they will check every answer to see what you got right and wrong. This costs R80 per paper.

Fourthly, you can apply to rewrite certain exams. This is when you did not do well in certain matric exams and you can rewrite the exams in May. The application to rewrite your exams expires in January.


Colleges Where you can Study Without Matric

You can also choose to do an alternative to Matric. This is for people that want a qualification at the same level or higher than Matric.  The ICB offers valuable courses in many different streams of business via distance learning, and many of the courses don’t require Matric to get started.

Throughout South Africa it is a common problem that many people can not afford to go to university or partake in full time studies. Luckily, some tertiary colleges have opted to offer long distance courses so that you are blessed to work and study at a more affordable price. These colleges, do not want to turn anyone, who wants to study away, that’s why they have courses that you can study without matric.

Colleges that offer affordable distance learning courses:


Skills Academy Supported Learning


Skills Academy Supported Learning, as the name implies, focuses on courses that develop skills in the workplace or help students acquire these skills to increase their employability.

Skills Academy offers a variety of courses in various fields of study, with affordable payment plans and enables you to get a qualification as well as prepare yourself to enter the job market with confidence.

Here are the qualifications you can study without matric:

Skills Academy Supported Learning contact details are as follows:

Registrations and Enquiries:
Toll Free Number:  0800 39 00 27 
For more information on Skills Academy, please visit their website.

The Learning Group


The Learning Group specialises in the field of Creative Studies and offers a variety of courses to cater for a wide market. 

However, they also offer FASSET accredited qualifications in the Financial field and are extending their scope towards more Business related courses. 

The Learning Group makes learning simple, easy and problem free with constant tutoring and support from your assigned student tutor.

Learning Group’s contact details are as follows:

Registrations and Enquiries:Toll Free Number:  0800 39 00 27 For more information on The Learning Group, please visit their website.

Ember Academy

Ember Academy is a fully accredited private college that offers a range of accredited courses for home study students. At this college they will help you find the right course for you to achieve your career goals… and they will help you study until you pass.

The ICB offers valuable courses in many different streams of business via distance learning institutions.

Ember Academy’s contact details are as follows:

Registrations and Enquiries:
Contact Number: 012 740 2350

For more information on Ember Academy, please visit their website.

The CEO of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst, discusses colleges where you can study without matric

Last Updated: Sanel Van Staden,  5 July  2021

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