I Passed Matric. What Now?

I Passed Matric. What Now

Congratulations on having Passed matric. I am sure you put in the hard work, and it has paid off. Do you know what you want to do next?

I Passed Matric. What Now?

You’re at a point in your life where you need to make big decisions and start a new chapter in your life.

Don’t stress too much. It’s entirely normal to not have a plan just yet. Most people don’t have a plan yet. If you do have one, you’re one of the lucky ones.

Nonetheless, there are many options out there for matriculants. What you eventually decide to do also depends on what level you passed your matric with.

Passed with a Bachelor’s Certificate Pass?

With this qualification you can study anywhere you want to. Although, this is also dependent on what your marks look like. With a Bachelor’s Certificate Pass you can apply at any university , a college or go straight into a job.

In the end, it all comes down to what you want to study and what you can afford. The one thing to keep in mind when applying to any institution is that each institution has minimum mark requirements and you must achieve these marks to be accepted into the institution.

Passed with a Diploma Pass?

If you passed with a diploma pass, you can go to any college to get a diploma certificate or to a university which offers diplomas. Some universities, like Cape Peninsula University of Technology , offer diploma courses with an optional year to get a degree if you did well academically with your diploma certificate.

Passed with a Higher Certificate Pass?

The Higher Certificate Pass is slightly trickier. With this pass, you can only study at colleges that offer higher certificate courses.

There may be ways to get higher qualifications once you have completed those, but that is circumstantial and you would have to contact an advisor at your college. They could help you to figure out a plan to get a higher qualification if that is your goal.

Other Options

If you want to go straight into doing a degree but you didn’t achieve a Bachelor’s Certificate Pass there’s still hope! You can do a bridging course through a public or private school, as well as tertiary institutions .

This will allow you to improve your marks and will replace the marks you were not happy with. Other options are to find a job  or do a gap year if you are indecisive about your future. A gap year can be a great experience and learning curve if you choose to do it.

Yet the downsides of a gap year is the expense. Nonetheless, if you go straight into a job or take a gap year, you can still figure out what you want to become. You will gain skills that can help you to figure out what you don’t like.

This can help you discover what would be a good choice for your future through practical and theoretical experience.  


There are many different colleges that offer, professional courses, for those who have and have not completed Matric. These courses range from long degree programs to short skills courses. 

The ICB offers valuable courses in many different streams of business that can be studied through distance learning colleges. The following colleges are professional colleges that you can study from anywhere in South Africa.  

Skills Academy:

Last Updated: June 04, 2020

Published: February 8, 2021


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