Passed Matric? Where to Now?

Passed Matric and don't know what is next? Here is our ultimate list of courses you can study once you have passed matric. Read more and weigh your options.

Here is our ultimate list of courses you can study once you have passed matric.

Watch the College Principal explain everything you need to know about  your options after you passed matric.

Passed Matric Where to Now

ICB Courses

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offers courses in financial and business management.  All 3 of their study streams are considered scarce skills in South Africa. This means that these skill sets are in high demand and you can expect a reasonable salary.

Passed Matric Where to Now

NATED Courses

Accredited Courses

Matric College offers a wide variety of accredited courses that you can choose from when you are deciding to further your education.

Studying accredited courses will help you in both furthering your education and raising your employment opportunities.

Non-Accredited Skills Courses

For anybody looking to build their skillset and improve their CV, Matric College has a few skills courses that you can choose from. This is also a great idea if you are practicing ‘skill stacking’.

Skill stacking is a great way to improve your employment chances and your general understanding of a specific career field. Each of these courses only takes a couple of months to complete, which makes educational improvement happen in no time.

Beauty Courses

Educare and Childcare

Tourism and Guesthouse

Event and Wedding Planning

With the right set of skills, you can create the event or wedding of your clients’ dreams. Matric College offers Event and Wedding Planning Courses to give you all the knowledge you need to become a star in the eventing industry. 

Wedding Planning

Event Planning  

Finding an Accredited Course

To find an accredited course, you must:

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offers 3 study streams, each of which is regarded as a scarce skill in South Africa. 

The ICB study streams are as follows:

National Qualifications

National Qualification (NATED) courses are designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Each course is the perfect mix of theoretical and practical experience to give students the best training possible. 

These courses include:

You can apply for these above-mentioned NATED Courses with a National Senior Certificate Pass matric certificate. All courses except Educare and Legal secretary can be applied for with a matric equivalent certificate. 

National Qualification (NATED) courses are a great way to further your education. These qualifications are:

  • Practical and theoretical: The Department of Higher Education and Training created these courses to include theoretical study and practical skills. This means that you will get workplace experience, which is highly valued by employers.. 
  • Highly regarded by employers: Since you have workplace training, you are more likely to be employed.
  • Able to help further your education: You can work your way to a National Diploma by completing all 3 National Qualification courses and 18 months of work experience.

Other Courses

Here are a few other courses offered by Matric College that you can choose from:

Choosing How To Study

Distance Learning

Another thing to think about when furthering your education is distance or classroom learning. Here are a few reasons why distance learning is the best option:

  • There is a pandemic: Most institutions will be moving online anyway. It is best to choose one that has experience in distance learning. These programs are also tailored to work seamlessly as correspondence studying. 
  • Work from home: With distance learning, you can work from the comfort of your home. 
  • Save money: You will not need to spend money on transport or accommodation to get to class.
  • Get promoted: With distance learning, you can study and work at the same time. That means you could get promoted at work because of your new skills. 
  • Work at your own pace: Distance learning allows you to work at your own pace. You can also create a schedule that suits your lifestyle.

Classroom Learning

Classroom learning is a great way to get the social university experience. This is often the choice to make if you do not have to work or manage a demanding personal life. 

However, it is important to take into consideration that since we are in a pandemic, most classes will be moved online. This means no social experience and no classes. Which ultimately makes distance learning a better option. 

Your Course

Most importantly, your course will determine if you can study via distance or contact learning. Some courses like engineering and science degrees require that you are in class for practical work. More times than not, you cannot do these courses via distance learning. 

Make sure that you do enough research on the course you wish to study before making your decision.

Where to Study


If you have passed matric with a Bachelor’s Degree Pass and have the right APS for the course of your choice, you can apply to university. 

There are many universities in South Africa that you can choose from. However, getting into university can be tricky. 

Only 4.6% of South Africans under the age of 20 are enrolled in university. With these kinds of statistics, it is clear that access to universities in South Africa is limited. This is because there are many applications and only a certain number of available ‘seats’.


If you have a Bachelor’s Degree Pass, a Diploma Pass, or a Higher Certificate Pass, you can study at a college. Colleges tend to offer higher certificate courses, diploma courses, and undergraduate degree programmes. 

In South Africa, there are many different colleges to choose from. Choosing a college depends on the course you want to study, your location, and your financial situation.

Distance Learning Colleges

Many reputable distance learning colleges in South Africa are a great choice when choosing to further your studies. These include:

Why You Should Further Your Studies

Furthering your studies is a great way to ensure employment. Studies show that your earning potential is double that of somebody with a matric certificate if you further your education after school.

Employment Opportunities

Have a look at this infographic that shows education can help your employment opportunities.

2020 Unemployment Stats South Africa
2020 Unemployment Stats South Africa

Salary Expectations

As you can see from the infographic above, your expected salary is determined by your level of education. 

By studying just one year after matric, your earning potential moves from R4 977 to R13 378.

Scarce Skills

No matter your pass level, the best place to start is with scarce skills. Scarce skills are skill sets that are in demand because very few people have them. 

Salary Expectations with Matric
Salary Expectations with Matric

Here are a few reasons why you should choose a scarce skill:

  • Good salary: With a scarce skill you will earn well. 
  • Job opportunities: Scarce skills are in high demand. That means that you will have many different job opportunities. 
  • Job security: Scarce skills are less likely to be taken over by Artificial Intelligence. That means that you will have a lot more job security. 

Understanding Your Matric Results

Before you can get a job or further your studies, you must understand your results. There are 4 different pass levels that you could get at the end of matric. These determine where you can further your studies. 

Bachelor's Degree Pass

Here are the requirements needed to meet a Bachelor’s Degree pass:

  • An APS of at least 4 in 4 high credit subjects 
  • An APS of no less than 3 in your home language 
  • An APS of at least 2 in 2 other subjects 
  • An APS of at least 23 in total  

Study Options

With a BD pass, you can study at a university level. The university will still have to look at your marks and APS to see if you are eligible for a certain course.

Diploma Pass

The Diploma Pass requirements are as follows:

  • An APS of no less than 3 in 4 high credit subjects 
  • An APS of no less than  3 in your home language 
  • An APS of at least 2 in 2 other subjects 
  • An APS of at least 19 in total

Study Options

If you have passed matric with a Diploma Pass, you have opened the door to study a diploma course of your choosing. You will not be able to study degree courses unless you upgrade your marks.

Higher Certificate Pass

To meet a higher certificate pass, you must have:

  • An APS of 3 in your home language 
  • An APS of 3 in 2 other subjects 
  • An APS of no less than 2 in 3 other subjects 
  • An APS of 15 in total

Study Options

With a Higher Certificate Pass, you can study a Higher Certificate course. You cannot study anything higher than this such as a diploma or degree course. 

You can, however, study National Certificate (NATED) courses and work your way up to a National Diploma. Each National Qualification course gives you a qualification that you can use to apply to the next level. 

  • N4 National Certificate (apply with a matric certificate)
  • N5 National Certificate (apply with the N4 National Certificate in the same field)
  • N6 National Certificate (apply with the N5 National Certificate in the same field)

Once you finish your N6 National QualificationAssurance., you must have 18 months of work experience to be able to qualify for a National Diploma.

NSC Pass

A National Senior Certificate pass is the lowest possible mark needed to pass matric. With this pass, you can study courses that only require a matric certificate or do not require one at all.  This includes N4 National Qualification (NATED) courses

After completing an N6 National Qualification, and 18 months of approved work experience, you can get a National Diploma. 

  • An APS of 3 in your home language 
  • An APS of 3 in 3 other subjects 
  • An APS of 2 in 4 other subjects 
  • An APS of 14 in total

Admission Point Score

APS stands for Admission Point Score. Your APS is what determines if you are eligible for a specific pass level and later, a course. 

Your APS is worked out like this:

  • Each of your marks are converted to a mark out of ten.
  • These converted marks are added together.
  • This final mark is known as your APS.

You can calculate your own APS with this tool.

Matric Pass Rate 2020

Overall the matric pass rate for 2020 was 76.2%. Matric College offers a more comprehensive breakdown of the provincial results. 

What Can You Do After Failing Matric?

Matric Upgrade

With a Matric Upgrade course, you can choose which marks you want to improve. You can also change your subjects to ones that suit you or the course you want to apply for. 

Over a year, you can improve your marks and rewrite your exams. Once your marks have been improved, your pass level might change.

Second Chance Matric

With the Second Chance Matric programme, you can rewrite your matric exams. This is another way for you to improve your marks and change your pass level. 

This programme was made by the Department of Education and is also offered by them. 

Remarks and Rechecks

You can have your exam papers remarked and rechecked if you want to improve your marks. With a recheck, your marks are recalculated to see if any mistakes were made. An examiner will also check that all your questions were marked. 

With a remark, an examiner will go through your paper and remark all the questions. The purpose is to make sure that the previous examiner was not too strict. 

Whilst this will not drastically change your mark, it could be the difference between pass levels.

Adult Matric

If you were unable to reach or complete your matric year, you can still get your matric certificate. Matric College offers an Adult Matric course that you can start with a grade 9 certificate. 

Matric Equivalent

Matric equivalent certificates are a great alternative to traditional matric certificates. With a matric equivalent, you will specialise in a chosen field such as accounting. 

You can start a matric equivalent certificate without finishing high school. Once completed, you can use this certificate to apply to specific courses and further your education. 

Courses to Study Without Matric

Matric College offers many courses that you can study without a matric certificate

That means that even if you were unable to finish your high school year, you can still build a successful career.

Jan Badenhorst, CEO of Matric College, discusses everything you need to know about what happens after you got your results.

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