Options After Failing Matric

Do not despair if you have failed your Matric. There are other options that you can pursue. These options can lead to a successful career even without Matric.

When you fail your Matric, it is not the end of the road. Do not despair. You can still be successful. There are other options that are available to you. Here are the options that are available after you fail your Matric:

Matric Rewrite

After failing your Matric, you can rewrite your Matric. Matric rewrite is a programme that you can use to rewrite your matric so that you can meet the requirements of a Matric. With this programme, you can also improve your subject marks if there is a need to do so. For example, a higher pass mark is needed for you to be admitted to the course of your choice.

Entry Requirements

For you to rewrite your matric, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Incomplete Matric or Matric
  • Be under the age of 21 

Matric Upgrade

You can also have the option to upgrade your Matric if you have failed. Upgrading your Matric can involve one or more of the following:

  • Want to move a failed subject/s to a passed subject/s
  • Want to improve the marks in your subject/s
  • Change subjects
  • Add subjects

Entry Requirements

You will qualify to upgrade your Matric if you meet the following requirements:

  • Incomplete Matric or Matric
  • Be above the age of 21
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Which Matric Subjects Does Matric College Offer?

Here are the Matric subjects that we offer:

  • Compulsory Subjects
  • Elective Subjects

Compulsory Subjects

  1. English Home Language
  2. English First Additional Language
  3. Afrikaans Huistaal
  4. Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal
  5. isiZulu Home Language
  6. isiXhosa Home Language
  7. isiNdebele Home Language
  8. Sepedi Home Language
  9. Xitsonga Home Language
  10. Tshivenda Home Language
  11. Sesotho Home Language
  12. Siswati Home Language
  13. Setswana Home Language
  14. Mathematics
  15. Mathematical Literacy

Elective Subjects

  1. Physical Sciences
  2. Life Sciences
  3. Agricultural Sciences
  4. Business Studies
  5. Economics

ICB Courses

Enrolling for an ICB Course is another option that is available to you if you failed Matric. The beauty of ICB Courses is that they are scarce skill qualifications. This means that the skills you acquire are in demand in the job market. For the following ICB programmes, you do not require a Matric: 

ICB Financial Accounting Programme

Entry Requirements

Here are the entry requirements for the ICB Financial Accounting Programme:

  • Grade 10 or Equivalent Certificates
  • Be 16 years or older
  • Must be able to read, write and understand English  
  • Be able to study through distance learning

ICB Business Management Programme

Entry Requirements

For the ICB Business Management  Programme, here are the entry requirements:

ICB Office Administration

Entry Requirements

Here are the requirements for you to study this programme:

What Are Matric Equivalent Qualifications?

Matric Equivalent Qualifications are programmes of study whose learning experiences are equivalent to a Matric. The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) groups qualifications with the same learning experiences on the same level. Matric is at NQF Level 4. 

This means that any qualification that is at NQF Level 4 is equivalent to a Matric. Here are the courses offered by Matric College that are equivalent to a Matric:

Short Courses

Studying Short Courses at Matric College is one of the options that you can take if you fail your Matric. These Short Courses will equip you with skills either to work or run your own business. Here is a list of our Short Courses:

Child Day Care Courses

Crèche Management Courses

Child Psychology Courses

First Aid Course

This programme has the following courses:

Nail Care Courses

Make-Up Application Courses

Facial Skincare Courses

Guest House Management Courses

Tourism Management Courses

Events Planning Courses

Wedding Planning Courses

Entry Requirements For Short Courses

The entry requirements for our Short Course

  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Must be able to read, write and understand English
  • Must be able to study through distance learning 

Can I Study Online?

Yes, you can study online. Distance learning is a form of online learning. Here is why you should study through distance learning;

  • Save money
  • It is flexible
  • Low chances of COVID-19 contraction
  • Earn while you study

Save Money

When you study through distance learning, you will save money. Here are some of the ways that you will save money:

  • There is no buying of textbooks as Matric College will supply you with textbooks and study notes
  • Tuition fees are affordable
  • There will be no transport costs as there are no classes to attend
  • You save on the snacks that you will have bought had you been attending classes


It Is Flexible

There is flexibility when you study through distance learning:

  • Use your own timetable to study
  • Study at a pace that suits you
  • Wrote your exams when you are ready

Low Chances Of Covid-19 Contraction

There is a low chance of contracting COVID-19 if you study through distance learning. There are classes. This means that you will not mingle with fellow students, tutors and the public. When you stay home, you stay safe. 

Earn While You Study

With distance learning, you can work at the same time that you are studying. There will be no need to quit your job if you are already working. You can even look for a job that is in line with what you are studying. This can give you the chance to put into practice what you are learning.  

Where Can I Upgrade My Matric?

You can upgrade your Matric at Matric College. Matric College is a distance learning institution. With distance learning, there is no need to attend classes. We will give all the necessary support while you study at home.

The Principal of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst, discusses options you can consider after you failed your matric

Author: Collin Wilbesi
Editor: Jesmé Africa
Date Published: 15 June 2022