How to Upgrade Your Matric Results

Matric Upgrade is a course that allows you to improve your final matric marks by redoing your matric exams. Here are the requirements for Upgrading your Matric.

Matric Upgrade is a course that allows you to improve your final matric marks by redoing your matric exams. With a Matric Upgrade, you can choose to:

  • Upgrade the subjects you did not do well in.
  • Change your matric subjects to less challenging ones.
  • Change your matric subjects to suit tertiary education course requirements.

Watch the College Principal explain everything you need to know about a Matric Upgrade.

What Are The Application Requirements?

To apply for a Matric Upgrade course, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have completed your matric year. 
  • You must be 21 when writing your final exams. 
  • You must be able to read and write in English OR Afrikaans depending on your preference.
How to Upgrade Your Matric Results

What Documentation Do I Need?

When applying for a Matric Upgrade course, you must supply the following documentation:

  • Statement of previous matric results. 
  • Certified copy of your ID. 
  • Email address.
  • Cell Phone number. 

When Do Matric Upgrade Applications Open?

Matric Upgrade applications are open year-round. However, examination opportunities only come around once a year. 

Exam applications will open in around November each year, and you will write your Matric Upgrade exams the following year in around May/June. 

It is important to apply for your Matric Upgrade as soon as possible or you might miss the examination period and have to wait for a whole year to complete your matric certificate.

Choosing Matric Upgrade Subjects

With a Matric Upgrade, you can either choose to upgrade your existing marks or you can choose new subjects

These subject choices are split into two categories: 

  • Compulsory Subjects.
  • Optional Subjects.

Compulsory Subjects

Optional Subjects

What Are The Pass Requirements?

Pass requirements are different according to subjects. These are the general pass requirements that have to be met per matric pass level:

Bachelor’s Degree Pass

Along with your overall Admission Point Score, this pass is the minimum pass needed to apply for a university course. Your overall university acceptance will be determined by your marks and APS over and above your Bachelor’s Degree Pass

The requirements are as follows:

  • A mark of 40% or more must be achieved in your Home Language subject. 
  • A mark of 50% must be achieved in a total of 4 High Credit Subjects.
  • A mark of at least 30% must be achieved in two other subjects. 

Diploma Pass

With a Diploma Pass, the highest tertiary education course you can study is a Diploma Course.

The requirements to meet a Diploma Pass are as follows:

  • A mark of at least 40% must be achieved in your Home Language Subject. 
  • A mark of at least 40% must be achieved in three other High Credit Subjects. 
  • A mark of at least 30% must be achieved in two other subjects.

Higher Certificate Pass

With a Higher Certificate Pass, you will be able to apply for Higher Certificate courses at tertiary educational institutions. To meet the Higher Certificate Pass requirements you must have English or Afrikaans as one of your languages along with:

  • A mark of 40% or more must be achieved in your Home Language Subject. 
  • A mark of at least 40% must be achieved in two other subjects.
  • A mark of at least 30% must be achieved in three other subjects. 

National Senior Certificate Pass

A National Senior Certificate Pass is the minimum needed to pass your matric year. To meet this pass you must have:

  • A mark of at least 40% in your Home Language Subject.
  • A mark of at least 40% in two other subjects.
  • A mark of at least 30% in the remaining subjects.

With a National Senior Certificate Pass, you can fail one subject which can include your First Additional Language subject.

How Can I Upgrade My Matric Results?

Upgrading your matric results is as easy as:

  • Choosing your subjects and completing your registration process over the phone. 
  • Receiving your study material at your doorstep within 5-7 working days of your registration.
  • Starting to study as soon as you get your course work and submitting mock assignments to our tutors. 
  • Having your assignments marked and getting feedback to help you improve. 
  • Attending our examination preparation workshops. 
  • Us helping you to register for your exams when you are ready. 
  • You pass and receive your upgraded matric certificate.

Is Upgrading Matric Results a Good Thing?

With a matric certificate, you will have more educational and employment opportunities. Over 50% of the unemployed people in South Africa do not have a matric certificate. 

With a matric certificate, your chances of unemployment are over 20% lower. With a matric certificate, you can also go on to study a post-matric qualification, leaving you with only a 6.8% chance of unemployment. 

Having good marks at the end of your matric year also means that you can reach a Bachelor’s Degree Pass and go on to study a degree course at a university. Only 1.9% of Bachelor’s Degree graduates struggle with unemployment.

How Can I Get My Matric Certificate Fast?

There is no way to get your matric certificate quickly.

However, if you are doing an Adult Matric or Matric Upgrade programme, you can dedicate a lot of time and effort to your studies and finish in a shorter amount of time.

Matric upgrade

It is important to remember that matric is technically a 3-year programme that includes grades 10, 11, and 12.  To complete your matric exams, you must study the equivalent of three years of work. 

How Can I Get My Matric Certificate Fast?

There is no way to get your matric certificate quickly.

However, if you are doing an Adult Matric or Matric Upgrade programme, you can dedicate a lot of time and effort to your studies and finish in a shorter amount of time.

It is important to remember that matric is technically a 3-year programme that includes grades 10, 11, and 12.  To complete your matric exams, you must study the equivalent of three years of work. 

Can I Finish My Matric at UNISA?

No, you cannot complete your matric certificate at UNISA. To apply for courses at UNISA, you must have a matric certificate. 

You can, however, study at UNISA with a Higher Certificate and Diploma Pass and apply for Higher Certificate Courses or Diploma Courses respectively. 

Can I Do Matric In 6 Months?

No, you cannot complete your matric certificate in 6 months. 

Whilst high school matric is considered to be a 3-year programme, Adult Matric, and Matric Upgrade courses can be completed in between 1 and 3 years.

Can I Upgrade My Matric At A Tvet College?

Some TVET Colleges offer Adult Matric courses that you can complete with a grade 9 certificate. 

Without a matric certificate, you can also study at a TVET college and get a matric equivalent certificate. A matric equivalent certificate is on the same NQF 4 level as a traditional matric certificate, except the learning areas are different. 

With a traditional matric certificate, you focus on getting broader knowledge. Whilst a matric equivalent course tends to give you a more specialised set of skills such as in accounting or business management. 

Here are a few TVET Colleges in South Africa:

Gauteng:

  • Central Johannesburg TVET College. 
  • Ekurhuleni East TVET College. 
  • Ekurhuleni West TVET College.
  • Sedibeng TVET College. 
  • South West Gauteng TVET College. 
  • Tshwane North TVET College. 
  • Tshwane South TVET College. 
  • Western TVET College. 

KwaZulu-Natal:

  • Coastal TVET College. 
  • Elangeni TVET College.
  • Esayidi TVET College. 
  • Majuba TVET College. 
  • Mnambithi TVET College.
  • Mthashana TVET College. 
  • Thekwini TVET College.
  • Umfolozi TVET College. 
  • Umgungundlovu TVET College.

Western Cape: 

  • Boland TVET College. 
  • College of Cape Town. 
  • False Bay College.
  • Northlink TVET College. 
  • South Cape TVET College. 
  • West Coast TVET College.

Eastern Cape:

  • Buffalo City TVET College. 
  • Eastcape Midlands TVET College.
  • Ikhala TVET College. 
  • Ingwe TVET College. 
  • King Hintsa TVET College.
  • King Sabata Dalindyebo.
  • Lovedale TVET College.
  • Port Elizabeth TVET College.

Free State: 

  • Flavius Mareka TVET College.
  • Goldfields TVET College. 
  • Maluti TVET College. 
  • Motheo TVET College. 

Limpopo:

  • Capricorn TVET College.
  • Lephalale TVET College. 
  • Letaba TVET College. 
  • Mopani South East TVET College. 
  • Sekhukhune TVET College. 
  • Vhembe TVET College. 
  • Waterberg TVET College.

Mpumalanga: 

  • Ehlanzeni TVET College. 
  • Gert Sibande TVET College. 
  • Nkangala TVET College.

Northern Cape: 

  • Northern Cape Urban TVET College.
  • Northern Cape Rural TVET College. 

North West: 

  • Orbit TVET College. 
  • Taletso TVET College. 
  • Vuselela TVET College.

Register To Rewrite Matric Subjects To Improve My Matric Results

Second Chance Matric Support Programme

Second Chance Matric is a programme that has been created by the Department of Higher Education and training. 

This initiative gives you the chance to rewrite your matric exams after you have failed. You can write your Second Chance Matric exams around June, the year after you completed your matric exams. 

Since these rewrites happen so soon, it is important to apply for the programme as soon as you receive your matric results.

Matric Upgrade Through Distance Learning

Doing your Matric Upgrade through distance learning means:

  • Save money: With distance learning, you do not need to organise transport or alternative arrangement. 
  • Work from the comfort of your home: Since you do not have to go into classes, you can work from your home or anywhere else you see fit.
  • Have your study material delivered: Matric College makes sure that your study material is delivered to your doorstep 5-7 workdays after your registration. 
  • Work while you study: Distance learning means that you can complete your learning around your own schedule. That could mean getting a job and studying only when you are not working. 

Matric Upgrade Education Providers

There are many colleges where you can upgrade your matric results, here are a few reputable ones.

Matric College

Matric College is a distance learning college that offers courses that you can study without a matric certificate.

Matric College also offers 2 matric courses:

  • Matric Upgrade: For improving your marks or changing your matric subjects to suit a tertiary education course. 
  • Adult Matric: Adult Matric gives people without a matric certificate the chance to complete their grade 12 no matter how long they have been out of school. As long as you have a grade 9 certificate and are over 21 at the time of writing your exams, you can apply.

Skills Academy

Skills Academy offers accredited and skill-based courses that you can study without a matric certificate. Skills Academy also offers matric courses such as Matric Upgrades. 

Bellview

The Bellview Institute of Distance Learning offers career-specific courses for professionals.  This highly reputable distance learning college also offers a Matric Upgrade course if you are looking to improve your final matric marks.

UNISA

The University of South Africa or UNISA does not offer Matric Upgrade courses. To apply for UNISA courses, you will need to have a matric certificate. 

UNISA offers the following programmes:

  • Higher Certificate Courses.
  • Diploma Courses. 
  • Undergraduate Degree Courses. 
  • Post Graduate Degree Courses.

University of Johannesburg (UJ)

The University of Johannesburg does not offer Matric Upgrade courses. As it is a university institution, you must have a matric certificate to apply to further your education here.

Matric For Adult South Africans

Adults in South Africans have many options when it comes to improving their education or getting their matric certificate. This includes:

  • ABET Courses.
  • Adult Matric. 
  • Matric Upgrade.

What Are ABET Courses?

ABET or Adult Basic Education and Training Courses have been created to help adults finish their basic education. These courses are an NQF level 1 on the National Qualification Framework. 

These ABET Courses are not the same as Adult Matric Courses. ABET Courses focus on giving adults the basic education that they would need to apply for a course like Adult Matric. 

An Adult Matric certificate is an NQF level 4 whilst an ABET Course is an NQF level 1.

Adult Matric

Adult Matric is a course that gives adults a chance to achieve their matric certificates. To apply for Adult Matric you have to meet the following requirements:

  • A grade 9 certificate or equivalent NQF level 1 certificate. 
  • Be at least 21 when writing your exams. You can register at 19 and study until you are 21 and can write exams. 

Adult Matric certificates look the same as traditional matric certificates that you would get at the end of high school. Both certificates are also accredited by Umalusi. The only difference is the time in which you complete the certificates. 

Adult Matric can also be studied from the comfort of your home, at your own pace, and in your own time.

You will only need to write your Adult Matric exams when you feel ready. That means that you can still work whilst you study.

Where Can I Rewrite My Matric For Free?

There is nowhere that you can write your matric for free. Whether you do a Matric Upgrade Course, Adult Matric, or Second Chance Matric, you will be required to pay a fee. 

To learn more about Matric College fees, speak to one of our course experts.

Accredited Study Options With Your Matric Pass

Matric College offers courses from 2 accredited educational bodies. These include:

  • Institute of Certified Bookkeepers Courses.
  • National Qualification (NATED) Courses.

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offers three main study streams within the area of scarce skills. Two of these can be started without a matric certificate. All of these courses are internationally recognised and highly regarded by employers.  

By studying one of these accredited courses, your chances of employment will increase and so will your ability to further your studies. 

National Qualification (NATED) Courses

NATED or National Qualification Courses focus on career-based training. Each of the following courses uses practical and theoretical elements to give students a well-rounded set of skills. 

Employers tend to favour National Qualifications as these individuals are already trained for the workplace. 

Of all the seven NATED study streams below, Educare and Legal Secretary are the only two courses that require a matric certificate to apply. All the other courses below can be applied to with a matric certificate or matric equivalent certificate. 

Once you have completed the final N6 National Certificate course in your chosen study stream, you will be required to complete 18 months of work experience.

All of this work experience will be tracked in a logbook that will then be assessed by the Department of Education. 

Once this has been approved, you will be awarded a National Diploma which is an NQF level 6.

Studying Without a Matric Certificate

Even without a matric certificate, you can further your education. There are various courses that you can choose to improve your employment likelihood and build a successful career. 

  • Matric Equivalent Courses.
  • Institute of Certified Bookkeeper Courses.
  • National Qualification Courses.

Matric Equivalent Courses

Matric equivalent courses are a way of getting an NQF level 4 qualification without completing your high school matric year. 

Matric equivalent certificates give students skills in a specialised field. This means that instead of getting a broad set of skills like in traditional matric, they are given specialised, workplace-specific skills. 

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers has two courses that double as matric equivalent certificates:

Both of these certificates are NQF level 4.

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)

National Qualification Courses (NATED) Courses

National Qualification Courses are also known as NATED courses. These courses have been created by the Department of Higher Education and Training to specifically include practical and theoretical elements. 

This style of learning helps students become workplace-ready as they are given the right practical tools to enter a work environment. 

Most National Qualification courses can be applied to with either a matric certificate or a matric equivalent certificate. Here are the National Qualification courses that you can apply for with a matric equivalent certificate: 

Marketing Management 

Business Management 

Financial Management

Management Assistant

Human Resource Management 

Legal Secretary  (Requires a Matric Certificate)

Educare  (Requires a Matric Certificate)

Skill-Based Courses

Matric College also has a large variety of skill-based courses that you can study without a matric certificate.  

These qualifications are a great way to improve your CV and to start skill stacking.

Event and Wedding Planning Courses

Event and Wedding Planning Courses give you the skills you need to become one of the top event managers in town. Whether you are looking to start a career in this field or eager to add to your skills set, we have the following courses for you: 

Beauty Therapy Courses

Educare & Child Care Courses

Tourism & Guest House Courses

Jan Badenhorst, CEO of Matric College, discusses everything you need to know about a Matric Upgrade

Last Updated: Sanel Van Staden,  23 July  2021

Published: July 24, 2021

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