What If I failed Matric Subjects in 2018?

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 have your exams rechecked, where they will check to see if your exam marks were added up correctly. This costs R25 per paper. Secondly, you can have your exams remarked completely, where they will check every answer to see what you got right and wrong. This costs R105 per paper. Thirdly 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 during February and March. The application to rewrite your exams expires in January so the decision needs to be made soon.  If you want to know more about your options you can find that out here.



Failed Matric, what are my options?

Not having a Matric and trying to find employment without a certificate can be stressful. You might have failed matric or never completed matric. Maybe you got a Matric with the wrong subjects or had the right subjects but your marks weren’t good enough. Perhaps you left school before you even got to Matric. Did you know only half of all pupils who started their school education end up sitting in a Matric class? The other half all drops out of school somewhere along the line or leave for personal reasons.

If you don’t have Matric because you never got around to writing your exams, or if you wrote your exams and didn’t pass,you are probably wondering about the future of your studies. Well even if you failed matric there are still options for you. Just because you don’t have Matric doesn’t mean you can’t continue your studies and become qualified.

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What are my options?

You will find numerous further education and training (FET) colleges that offer courses that don’t require you to have a Matric certificate to gain entrance to the courses. These colleges have designed courses ranging in length from 3-6 months up to 24 months. If you don’t have Matric, and you still want to study, look out for courses that recognise prior learning. For example, if you are older than 23 years, some of these courses will recognise that you have gained experience in the workplace and allow you to register.

Alternatively, look out for courses that only require grade 10 as an entrance requirement.
Even if you failed Matric, you can still further your studies to:

  • Find a full-time job that allows for growth opportunities, i.e. promotion.
  • Pursue a career in many different fields.
  • Provide a steady home for your family.

You can even study career building, accredited courses from the comfort of your own home. Two colleges from the Home Study Group, namely Skills Academy and TWP Academy offer the ICB accredited courses as well as provider programs. There are many courses to choose from.

ICB accredited courses offered by Skills Academy:

Read this page to find out more about ICB Entrepremeurship Courses.

ICB accredited courses offered by TWP Academy:

There are endless opportunities, even without a Matric certificate. Don’t let it hold you back! Here are only a few of the FET colleges you can enrol at for a course without having a Matric certificate.


Last updated: April 4, 2019