Matric subjects

Matric subjects are important because when you pass them you gain a Matric Certificate that is important for university entry and finding employment.

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Matric subjects are the subjects that you study when you get to Grade 12 in High School, which is a class better known as Matric. These subjects are created to enable you with the knowledge that will help you be suitable to study at university, college or find entry-level work. The following are subjects you can do in Matric :

Language subjects:

What Subjects Are Needed For Matric?

There are subjects that are compulsory and need to be part of your subject list on Matric. From the compulsory subjects, you must choose four (4) that you will study. This must include your Home Language, English First Additional Language, Life Orientation and one Mathematical subject. 

These are the compulsory subjects: 

  • English Home Language
  • English First Additional Language
  • Afrikaans Huistaal
  • Afrikaans Eerste Additionele Taal
  • Sesotho Home Language
  • Siswati Home Language
  • Setswana Home Language
  • isiZulu Home Language
  • isiXhosa Home Language
  • isiNdebele Home Language
  • Sepedi Home Language
  • Xitsonga Home Language
  • Tshivenda Home Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation 

There are also subjects that are elective. You can choose any subjects you want to study, provided you choose three (3) subjects:

  • Economics 
  • Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences 
  • Agricultural Sciences 
  • Business Studies 
  • Accounting 
  • History 
  • Geography 
  • Religious Studie

How Many Subjects Are There In Matric?

There are about twenty-three (23) subjects in normal high school in Matric. However, there are only seven (7) subjects that you need to study. You need four (4) compulsory subjects and three (3) elective subjects. You must pass these subjects to complete your Matric. 

How Do I Choose A Subject?

You must choose subjects based on the following things: 

  • Passion
  • Strengths 
  • Career goals 


Choose subjects based on what you are passionate about. When you have a passion for something, you do not give up even when you come across challenges. For example, if you are passionate about children, you will love and care for them even if they are troublesome. Your passion will allow you to persist through any difficulty.

If you are passionate about children, you can choose subjects such as Mathematics and Life Sciences. Through these subjects, you will be able to follow your passion and one day get employment related to children. You can work as a Teacher, Social Worker or Child Psychologist. 


Choose a subject that matches your strengths. This is because your abilities can be improved and turned into skills. For example, if you are someone who is good at saving money and living on a budget because you want to save up for something important, this is your strength. You can choose a course that will allow you to improve your strength. 

You can choose subjects such as Economics, Business Studies, Accounting and Mathematics. Through these subjects, you will be able to convert your strengths into skills. You can one day follow a career as a Financial Advisor or a Business Consultant and earn a high salary. 

Career Goals

Choose a subject that relates to the career you want to follow. If you want to become a Doctor, it is compulsory that you have subjects such as Mathematics and Life Sciences. This is the only way in which you will gain access to university. Do research on the career you want to follow and see what subjects you must choose in High School. 

What Are The Easiest Subjects In Matric?

The easiest subjects in Matric are the ones that usually do not have any calculations. These are subjects such as Languages and Life Orientation. Students enjoy these subjects because they do not have numbers. However, subjects can be easy or difficult depending on the student. 

If you are someone who studies and performs a lot of research, it is possible that you find all subjects easy. There is really no difficult subject. You only need to be dedicated from the beginning of the year until the end. 

If you do not understand a subject, do not have a negative attitude towards it. Tell yourself that there is no such thing as a difficult subject. If other students can pass, so can you. You can try finding another student to help you understand where you feel challenged. 

You can ask teachers to assist you. If you are able to afford a personal tutor, get yourself one or look for a place to attend extra classes. Receiving assistance from more than one person may help you understand certain topics better. They may explain things in a way that you understand best. 

What Is The Best Subject To Study?

All subjects are best to study. It depends on what your career plans are. You must choose subjects that will help you gain entry into university and the course you want to follow. Some universities are strict and will only accept you for certain courses if you have certain subjects. Make sure that you study subjects that are relevant to your career goals. 

Which School Subject Is Most Difficult?

The following subjects are known to be difficult in Matric: 

  • Mathematics 
  • Accounting 
  • Physical Sciences 

These are subjects that most learners find difficult. This is because the subjects deal with formulas, laws and calculations. Most learners automatically think a subject is difficult when they see calculations. What you can do to find these subjects less difficult is this: 

  • Stop telling yourself the subjects are difficult
  • Study the subjects thoroughly
  • Ask questions 
  • Find assistance outside the school 

Can I Pass Matric With 5 Subjects?

No, you cannot pass Matric with five (5) subjects. You need to have seven (7) subjects to study Matric, and you need to pass six (6) subjects to complete Matric. Students who can pass Matric with five (5) subjects are those studying at a college for the Adult Matric course. They can study with six (6) subjects and pass five (5) to complete the course. 

How Many Subjects Can You Fail In Matric?

You can fail one subject in Matric and still pass. However, this is not an opportunity to study less. Failing a subject can ruin your chances to study at university. A good pass that can be accepted into university includes a set of subjects that are all passed with good marks. 

Universities want students who will be able to study their courses and pass with good marks. They do not want to ruin their reputation of producing good students. This is why they are sceptical about students with low marks. If you want to study at university, study hard and ensure that all your marks are good. 

Can You Fail 2 Subjects In Matric?

No, you can not fail two (2) subjects in Matric. If you fail more than one (1) subject, you fail the class. If you fail Matric, you can do the following at Matric College: 

Rewrite Matric

You can study the Rewrite Matric Course. This course will allow you to rewrite your Matric and gain better results. This time, you will have better support. We have the following to assist you: 

They will help you prepare for the final examinations. If you want to ask questions, you can ask them, and they will help you. 

  • Study material 

This is sent to you by the college to help you when you study and practice for exams. The study material consists of information that helps you gain knowledge of the course you study. 

These are available on our website to assist you to prepare for exams and see how you can answer certain questions. 

Study Without Matric

We have a wide selection of courses that you can study without Matric. These include: 

You gain skills from these courses. These can be applied to opening a business or finding work. 

Through these courses, you learn skills that are scarce. These can be used in opening a business or finding employment.  

Through this course, you gain knowledge that can be used further at university or when looking for entry-level work. 

What Is The Highest Pass In Matric?

The Bachelor’s Degree Pass is the highest pass in Matric. This pass is obtained by receiving 50% or above marks in four subjects, 40% for your Home Language and 30% in two other subjects. 

This pass can also be obtained even if you fail one of the last two subjects and receive a mark of less than 30%. You will still be able to pass Matric. However, you should try by all means to pass all subjects.

Can I Go To University Without Matric?

No, you can not go to university without Matric. You need a Matric Certificate with a Bachelor’s Degree Pass to go to university. Some universities make an exception and also accept students with Diploma Passes. However, note that you can only study for a Diploma, Higher Certificate or Certificate Course with this pass. This is if you meet other requirements that the university may have. 

Author: Mulisa Nethononda 
Editor: Razeen Dollie
Date: June 13, 2022