Passed matric. What now?

Passed matric. What now?

Date Published: September 17, 2020

You have passed matric, well done! Now that you are done with high school, you need to make decisions about your future. You might find yourself asking the question, what now? 

South African matric students can get 3 different pass certificates

What you decide to do after high school is influenced by how you passed matric. South African students can get 3 different pass certificates when they complete matric.

Bachelor's Pass

Learners with a bachelor’s pass can apply to study at a university, college or any institution of higher education and learning. It is important to note that a bachelor’s pass does not give you guaranteed acceptance into university. A university will only accept you if they have space and if you meet the requirements. To get a bachelor’s pass you have to;

  • Obtain at least 40% in your home language 
  • At least 50% in four other subjects 
  • At least 30% in two other subjects 

Diploma Pass

If you get a diploma pass you can apply to study at a college or a university that offers diploma courses. To get a diploma pass you have to;

  • Get at least 40% in your home language 
  • At least 40% in three other subjects
  • At least 30% for two other subjects 

Higher Certificate Pass

If you passed on a higher certificate level, you can only study where higher Certificate courses are offered or you can study courses that do not require matric. Some universities offer bridging courses that you can study as a pathway into studying a degree or diploma. To get a higher certificate pass you have to;

  • Obtain 40% in your Home Language.
  • At least 40% in two other subjects.
  • At least 30% for three other subjects.

Passed matric with a Diploma entry? Here's what to do next

Diploma careers and where to study

These are places where you can study with a diploma pass:

  • Universities that offer diploma courses 
  • University of Technology – also known as technikons
  • TVET colleges – formerly known as FET colleges 
  • Distance learning colleges like Matric college or Skills Academy

These are the courses that you can study with a diploma pass:

National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) courses

What to study with a certificate pass?

You have a few options to choose from, you could look for an institution that offers higher certificate courses, you could do a bridging course or you could study the following courses. These courses do not require you to have a matric certificate:

Educare and childcare

ICB courses

Beauty therapy

How can I Pass matric?

How many subjects do I need to pass matric?

To pass matric you need to pass 6 out of 7 subjects.

Can you pass matric if you fail maths?

Yes, you can pass matric if you have failed maths, as long as you meet the minimum requirements to pass matric.

Can I go to university with a higher certificate?

No, universities do not offer higher certificate courses. You could do a bridging course at a university, if you qualify. 

Understanding your matric results

How are matric points calculated?

When you apply for university, you will come across a term called an APS score. APS stands for Admission point score. You need to have your final exam results to calculate your APS score.

The university will need your final matric results as soon as they are released. To calculate your score, your matric subjects are changed into a point system. Once you have your point system, the points are added up together to calculate your APS score.

The amount of points you get for each subject will depend on how well you perform. See the table below:

APS calculator example

The total APS score is 39

What APS score do I need for university?

Your APS score could make or break your chances of getting into university. Each university has their own APS score requirement.

University courses also have different APS score requirements. Some universities exclude Life orientation in calculating your APS score because Life orientation is not specific to any course.

Author: Omega Fumba