Adult Matric – Senior Certificate (Amended)

It is never too late to finish your matric year. You can complete your Adult Matric certificate no matter how many years you have been out of school.

No matter how many years you have been out of school, you still have the chance to get an Umalusi accredited matric certificate. If you are over the age of 21 and have a grade 9 certificate, you meet the requirements to start our Adult Matric course. 

Adult Matric Certificates or Senior Certificate (Amended)  will give you the same certificate as traditional High School Matric (National Senior Certificate).

Watch our College Principal explain ALL the details about the Adult Matric course.

*To get even more information about this course, read down below.

Adult Matric at Matric College

Adult Matric

The number of adults choosing to do their Matric has increased due to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) Second Chance programme. This programme has created an opportunity for adults who otherwise faced circumstances that prevented them from achieving their Matric Certificate. Adult Matric is also known as a Senior Certificate (Amended). 

  • In 2019 the number of adults who registered for the Adult Matric exams was 100 825 
  • In 2021 that number increased to 143 499 candidates who took the opportunity to achieve academic success 
  • The oldest person to complete their matric was 77-years-old 
  • At Matric College we now offer the Adult Matric Course in both English and Afrikaans 

Number Of Adults Who Wrote Adult Matric 2019 - 2021

Students who wrote Adult Matric from 2019-2021

It is not too late to achieve your Matric at Matric College. The oldest person in South Africa to achieve their Matric certificate is 77-year-old. Lavis Vilakazi is from Soweto. He dropped out of High School due to circumstances he faced during the apartheid era. He kept his dream alive and when people his age chose to enjoy their old age, he chose to work hard to achieve his goal of having a Matric. You, too, can complete your Matric no matter how many years you have been out of school.

What Is Adult Matric?

Adult Matric is a course for Adults, 21 and older, to obtain their Matric Certificate. It is also called a Senior Certificate (Amended). Having a Matric Certificate allows you to apply for entry-level jobs and to Tertiary Education Institutions, provided that you achieve the required marks. 

Why Get A Matric Certificate As An Adult?

As mentioned above, a Matric Certificate allows you to:

  • Apply for entry-level jobs
  • Access to study opportunities
  • Access to learnerships

Entry-level Jobs

The application requirements for entry-level jobs almost always require you to have Matric. Entry-level jobs are employment opportunities that do not require any qualifications. However, having your Senior Certificate (Amended) is beneficial and a step in the right direction towards further study and more employment opportunities. 

Study Opportunities

Having a Senior Certificate (Amended) gives you the opportunity to study a Bachelors Degree, National Diploma or National Qualifications based on how well you pass your Matric. 

Universities and tertiary education institutions offer courses that have different entrance requirements and one of those requirements is a Matric Certificate. If you are not ready to study further with your Matric Certificate you can choose to do learnerships. 


Learnerships are skilled focus courses that specialise in teaching you in a specific field. They are work-based learning programmes that are managed by Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA) that lead to a National Qualification Framework (NQF) registered qualification. Learnerships look great on a CV and you will be learning on the job. This will allow you to climb the corporate ladder.  

What Is A Senior Certificate (Amended)?

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) created a programme for adults over the age of 21 to complete their Matric. Students can complete their matric regardless of their age, by completing an Adult Matric course at a college like Matric College. The Matric Certificate that is awarded to students who successfully complete an Adult Matric is also known as a Senior Certificate (Amended). 

Once you have achieved your Senior Certificate (Amended) you can apply to study further, provided you meet the entrance requirements of your chosen university as well as the entrance requirements of your chosen field of study. 

What Does Amended Mean

The reason why you receive a Senior Certificate (Amended) after completing the Adult Matric Course is because of an amended syllabus and amended requirements.

This amendment was made by the Minister of Education that was gazetted by the National Government. 


The Minister of Basic Education amended the syllabus for adults achieving their Matric Certificate to include: 

  • The implementation of the new education system  
  • The removal of the Higher Grade/ Standard Grade system
  • The removal of Life Orientation subject when completing your Matric as an Adult


The Minister of Basic Education amended the requirements for adults achieving their Matric Certificate to include: 

  • Adults who did not complete their Matric before 2008 will be awarded a Senior Certificate (Amended) when writing their Matric Exams
  • Adults have to be over the age of 21 and out of the schooling system.

What Is A National Senior Certificate?

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) is the qualification you receive once you complete your final year of High School. The NSC is completed through the Department of Basic Education (DBE), just as the Adult Matric/Senior Certificate (Amended). With both the NSC and SC(A) you will be able to attend university to further your studies, provided you meet your chosen institution and the course requirements. 

Can I Complete My Matric Online?

Yes, at Matric College, our Adult Matric Course is offered via distance learning which uses online tools to help you complete your Senior Certificate (Amended). Registration, study groups and tutoring happen online and assignment submissions and feedback are communicated via email. 

The online tools we use:

  • Interactive website forms to register for courses and to schedule a call back from course experts
  • WhatsApp and Facebook study groups connect you with fellow distance learning students and tutors
  • Email services to submit assignments
  • Online exam preparation and past papers for you to use 

You need to remember that your Adult Matric exam registration can be done online, but the exams are written in-person at dedicated examination centres in your area. 

Where Can I Do My Matric?

You can apply right now to do your Adult Matric at Matric College. We offer the Adult Matric / Senior Certificate (Amended) course via distance learning in English and Afrikaans. You will be able to study with us anywhere in South Africa to achieve your academic goals. 

  • You can study from home
  • We offer individual help
  • We have caring staff
  • We are easy to connect with
We make learning easy at Matric College

Accreditation And Registration

The traditional matric year is the final school year in South Africa, making it the top-school leaving qualification. This Adult Matric course is offered by Matric College who is registered by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers for the QCTO. 

As an educational body, there is no accreditation process to register to offer Adult Matric.

Matric certificates are also known as National Senior Certificates and hold the following accreditation and registration:

The Adult Matric course is not accredited but the following professional and assurance bodies ensure the Matric Certificate you receive are:

  • Umalusi
  • SAQA
  • NQF


The Umalusi Council creates and monitors standards for Basic (General) and Further education and training in South Africa. It works in accordance with the NQF (National Qualifications Framework) Act and is tasked with developing and managing the sub-framework of qualifications for Basic (General) and Further education and training. 

Umalusi NQF and subframes


The South African Qualifications Authority is mandated by the NQF Act to oversee the implementation of the NQF by setting:

  • Quality councils
  • Policies and criteria
  • Registration of qualifications
  • Recognition of professional bodies


Many students have heard of the different NQF Levels but does not know what they are about. Find out more below:

What Is the NQF

NQF stands for National Qualifications Framework and was developed by the South African government and passed as an Act in Parliament. This framework integrates different learning achievements based on the level of qualification.

Objectives of NQF

The objectives of the NQF is explained in the NQF Act No 67 of 2008 and they are to 

  • Create one integrated national framework for learning achievements 
  • Facilitate access, mobility and progression within education, training and career paths
  • Enhance the quality of education and training
  • Accelerate systemic redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities

What NQF Level Is Adult Matric

The Adult Matric/ Senior Certificate (Amended) is on the same NQF level 4 as the National Senior Certificate. 

There are ten NQF Levels in South Africa:

NQF Levels in detail Matric College

How Does It Work?

From registering with Matric College to writing your Adult Matric examinations with the Department of Basic education, there are a few easy steps you will need to follow:

  • Step 1: Complete the Online Application form at the bottom of this page and register for the Adult Matric Course. 
  • Step 2: Within 5-7 days of your successful registration, your study material will be couriered to your door. 
  • Step 3:  You will be given access to our WhatsApp study groups.
  • Step 4: Now that you have done enough coursework to submit your first assignment to our tutors, you will get comprehensive feedback and an overall mark to track your progress.
  • Step 5: As you continue your studies, remember to talk to your fellow students and tutors if you struggle or need any extra help. 
  • Step 6: Access our collection of past papers to test your knowledge and to prepare for your final Adult Matric exams. 
  • Step 7: Once the Adult Matric examination registrations open around November, we help you register for your exams.
  • Step 8: You will be invited to attend our online exam preparation courses that will help you prepare for your final exams. 
  • Step 9: Your Adult Matric exams will be written around May and June. 
  • Step 10: Passing your Adult Matric exams means that you will receive a matric certificate which is accredited by Umalusi. 

What Do I Get From The College?

Choosing to study through Matric College not only means an improved education, but it also means constant support. When you choose us you can expect:

  • All your study material is included in your fees. 
  • Matric College has specially developed study notes for distance learning students to get the best out of their experience. 
  • We give you access to past papers and model answers to prepare you to the best of your ability. 
  • Your fellow students, tutors, and lecturers will all be available on WhatsApp groups to help you with any questions that need answering. They will be there to give you all the support you need through your Adult Matric journey. 
  • From 8 am-5 pm, you will be able to access academic support. 
  • Our team will mark your assignment and give you the feedback you need to improve in the areas that you are struggling with. 
  • We will check in with you to make sure that you stay motivated.
  • To make sure that you stay on track, we help you create the optimal study schedules. 
  • You will have our help when it comes to registering for your Adult Matric exams in November. 
  • With Matric College, you will have enough time to complete your Adult Matric course. After you have paid your course fees in full, you can add an additional year of study time at no extra cost.

What Does The College Require From Me?

Make Use of Your Study Schedule

By using a well-structured study schedule, you will have gone over all of your work enough time before your actual exams. A proper timetable breaks up your course work into manageable sections that make your studying easier and more productive. 

Matric College will help you create the optimal study schedule to suit you. All you need to do is follow it.

Completed All Your Course Work

Make sure that you complete all your assigned coursework so that it can be marked and feedback can be given. 

This way you will be able to understand where you went wrong and how you can improve before your actual exams. 

Ask If You Do Not Understand

When there are sections of your work that you are struggling to understand, you must reach out to your peers or tutors for help. 

Your tutors are there to help you with any issues you may have when studying to ensure that you get the best marks possible in your final exams. 

Get Involved In Your Studies

One of the best ways to ensure that you understand your work is through participation. When you actively participate in your study groups, you will learn new information and feel more confident to ask questions. 

Help and receive help from your fellow students, too. They might understand something you do not and vice versa.

Use The Exam Preparation Tools

Matric College will give you access to all the exam preparation tools that you will need to succeed. This includes past papers that can help you understand how exam questions will be asked and how they should be answered for the best marks. 

Using past papers to study for exams is one of the best ways of ensuring that you pass your Adult Matric subjects.

Know What To Do If Things Go Wrong

Whether you require extra tutoring, motivation, or advice, all you have to do is use our Red Alert Form

Once you have completed the form, it will be sent directly to the CEO of Matric College and we will figure out how best to help you. 

What Is NOT Included In The Course

The final Adult Matric exam fees are not included in your Adult Matric fees. 

Once you have finished studying and are ready to write your Adult Matric exams, you will be required to pay a fee to the Exam Centre where you choose to write your exams.

What Do I Need To Register For The Adult Matric Programme?

When you are thinking of registering for the Adult Matric programme, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have passed grade 9 and have the report or certificate as proof. 
  • A grade 9 equivalent certificate (ie. an ABET certificate) is an NQF level 1 that has to include two official languages. 
  • You must be 21 years old when you write your exams. However, you can be 19 years old when you apply. 
  • Since the Matric College Adult Matric course is in English, you must be able to read and write in English. You also have the option of doing your Adult Matric in Afrikaans.

Can I Register For My Matric At The Department Of Basic Education?

Yes, you can only register to WRITE your Adult Matric exams with the Department of Basic Education (DBE). However, you are unable to register with the DBE to complete an Adult Matric course. 

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is one of two government departments, the other being the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), which regulates education in South Africa. The DBE focuses on primary and high school education as well as adult programmes. Their mission is to make education accessible to all South Africans, even adults, with their Senior Certificate (Amended) programmes. 

You can apply and register at Matric College to complete your Adult Matric course. Here is how you can do this: 

Matric College Adult Matric Registration Process

We pride ourselves on offering you the most stress-free and efficient registration process. With this in mind, you can start your Adult Matric Course within 2-3 weeks of applying and registering with us. You have the option to apply and register on our website or by simply giving us a call

Contact Us On Our Website

  • Visit Matric College or Matriek Kollege
  • Click the “Apply Now” or “Registreer” option
  • Fill in the online form and click “Send” or “Stuur”
  • Our Course Experts will contact you to discuss the next steps 

Call Us

  • Contact our toll-free number on 0800 39 00 27
  • Speak to our course experts and they will help you to register and apply with us

Matric Courses For Adults

Along with our Matric Equivalent, Matric Upgrade and Matric Rewrite Courses we also offer:

Adult Matric/Volwasse Matriek

General Information / Algemense Ingligting

Course Name / Kursus Naam

Senior Certificate (Amended)

Programme Type / Program Tipe

National Qualification

Award Type/Toekenning Tipe

Senior Certificate (Amended) 

Issued And Accredited By/Uitgereik en Geakkrediteer deur


Course offered in / Kursus Aangebied In

English and Afrikaans

Course Duration / Kursus Duur

We recommend that you take 12 to 36 months (1 to 3 years) to complete the Adult Matric course. There are many factors to consider when thinking about the duration of your studies. 

Factors To Consider When You Complete An Adult Matric Course

  • How fast can you learn?
  • What is the time frame you have given yourself to achieve your Matric?
  • What responsibilities do you have? 
  • Are you working?

The Adult Matric course consists of 3 levels of education. These levels are Grade 10, 11 and 12 (Matric). Schools divide these grades into three years, and so can you when you study your Adult Matric with Matric College. If you are a fast learner then you do not have to follow the practice of schools by dividing the coursework. You can study your coursework uninterrupted and complete them at your own pace.  

If you are working and have other responsibilities then that will affect the duration of your course. This would mean that you have to manage your time to include studying in your busy schedule. You can divide the coursework into portions to study when you are able to. Giving yourself a realistic time frame to achieve your Senior Certificate (Amended) is motivation to dedicate yourself to your studies and complete it.

How Long Does It Take?

In the South African education system, matric is technically a three-year programme starting in grade 10. This means that grade 10, 11, and 12 work is included in your final matric exams. 

This is the same for an Adult Matric course. You could potentially study it and write your exams in less than 3 years but you will still be studying the work of 6 subjects from grades 10, 11, and 12. 

Some students can complete their Adult Matric course in a single year whilst most students tend to take 2 years to finish their course. 

Doing your Adult Matric in two years means that you can do 3 of your subjects in the first year and the remainder of your subjects in the second. This way you will be able to spread out your workload so that it is more doable.

Adult Matric duration Matric College

How Much Does It Cost?

For all information about Adult Matric fees and payment, contact our course experts. 

How Does Distance Learning Studies Work At Matric College?

Matric College is a distance learning college. Distance learning differs from contact learning in that:

  • Your Adult Matric registration will happen over the phone. 
  • All of your study material will be couriered to your door. 
  • You will not need to buy any extra study material. Matric College provides all the study material that you will need to pass your Adult Matric course.
  • Once received, you can start working on your studies and assignments. 
  • You can send your assignments to our skilled tutors to have them marked. 
  • Our tutors will give you in-depth feedback on your work so that you know where you can improve. 
  • Throughout your studies, you can talk to our tutors and your classmates on designated Whatsapp groups. This is a great space to ask for advice, support, or to have any of your questions answered.
  • Closer to the exam period, Matric College will have online exam preparation workshops to get you ready for your final exams. 
  • With the past papers that we offer all our students, you will have the ultimate tools to help you in your exam preparation. 
  • We assist you in the exam registration process that usually opens in November each year. 
  • If you decide to do your Adult Matric course over two years, it will not cost you more.

What Is The Difference Between The Adult Matric Certificate, And A School Matric Certificate?

National Senior Certificate versus Senior Certificate (Amended)

The Certificates Are The Same

Whether you finish your high school matric or your Adult Matric, the certificates look the same. That means that you will not be able to tell if you completed your matric in high school or as an Adult Matric learner.

Both certificates are also accredited by Umalusi.

The Mark Calculation And Study Process is Different

Traditional high school matric marks are made up of your year’s work and your exams. This includes tests, assignments, speeches, and exams. All these marks contribute towards your high school matric mark. 

When you do your Adult Matric certificate, the only mark that is used is your exam mark. That means that none of the classwork that you do contributes to your final mark.

The mark that you will see on your matric certificate after completing your Adult Matric will be your exam mark only.

Adult Matric

How To Choose Your Subjects For The Adult Matric

When it comes to choosing your matric subjects, you have to think about your potential career. If you are thinking of going to university, you will have to choose subjects that are required when applying to the course of your choice. 

Research the field of study that you want to go into and see what subjects are required to apply. 

If you are looking to improve your CV or just eager to study for a post-matric certificate or diploma, then you can choose subjects that you know you will pass. 

Choosing your subjects is a big deal, that is why it is always a great idea to speak to one of our course experts who can help guide you through your decision-making process. 

There is also a lot of information about subject choices and rules that you should consider before deciding on your Adult Matric subjects.

Adult Matric Subjects

Compulsory Subjects

You must choose 3 of these compulsory subjects: 

  • English Home Language / Engels Huistaal
  • English First Additional Language / English Eerste Addisionele Taal
  • Afrikaans Home Language / Afrikaans Huistaal
  • Afrikaans First Additional Language / Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal
  • IsiZulu Home Language / IsiZulu Huistaal
  • IsiXhosa Home Language / IsiXhosa Huistaal
  • IsiNdebele Home Language / IsiNdebele Huistaal
  • Sepedi Home Language / Sepedi Huistaal
  • Xitsonga Home Language / Xitsonga Huistaal
  • Tshivenda Home Language / Tshivenda Huistaal
  • Sesotho Home Language / Sesotho Huistaal
  • Siswati Home Language / Siswati Huistaal
  • Setswana Home Language / Setswana Huistaal
  • Mathematics / Wiskunde
  • Mathematical Literacy / Wiskundige Geletterdheid

Elective/High Credit Subjects

You must choose 3 elective/high credit subjects: 

  • Physical Sciences / Fisiese Wetenskap
  • Life Sciences / Lewenswetenskappe
  • Agricultural Sciences / Landbouwetenskap
  • Business Studies / Besigheidstudies
  • Economics / Ekonomie
  • Accounting / Rekeningkunde
  • History / Geskiedenis
  • Geography / Geografie
  • Religious Studies / Godsdientige Studies

How Are Matric Final Marks Calculated?

Senior Certificate (Amended) / Adult Matric is scored against the same metric and admission point scores (APS) as the National Senior Certificate. 

The points are broken down into percentage groups that equal an admission point score that determines whether you will be granted access to a tertiary institution. Every subject is awarded a point based on the percentage result of your exam. Universities and colleges use this system to determine entry requirements to their courses. Use this APS calculator to track how well you do: 

aps calculator

In Short:

  • You get a point for each Matric subject you write 
  • Points are determined by how well you pass the subject
  • Points for each subject are added up to determine the total APS score
  • Various universities and organisations use the APS system to access your marks
  • You need an APS score, determined by universities, to be accepted into a higher education institution

Watch Our Principal Explain What An APS Score Is

How Many Subjects Do I Need To Pass Adult Matric, And What Are the Certificates I Can Achieve?

To pass your Adult Matric course you need to pass 5 of your 6 subjects. There are 4 levels of Matric certificates you can obtain with different minimum pass marks. They are

  • Bachelors Pass
  • Diploma Pass
  • Higher Certificate Pass
  • Senior Certificate (Amended) Pass

 These passes determine how well you passed and your eligibility to study further at university.

Bachelors Pass

A Bachelors pass means that you must have at least achieved: 

  • 40% in your home language subject
  • 50% in four other High Credit subjects
  • 30% in one other subject

Minimum APS based on these marks: 21 

Diploma Pass

A Diploma pass means you must have scored at least: 

  • 40% in your home language subject
  • 40% in four other High Credit subjects
  • 30% in one other subject

Minimum APS based on these marks: 17

Higher Certificate Pass

To obtain a Higher Certificate pass you must have at least achieved: 

  • 40% in your home language subject
  • 40% in two other subjects
  • 30% in three other subjects
  • You must have English or Afrikaans as a subject to achieve this qualification

Minimum APS based on these marks: 15

Senior Certificate (Amended) (SC(A)) Pass

An SC(A) pass is the lowest certificate you can achieve and will mean you have passed at least: 

  • 40% in your home language subject
  • 40% in two other subjects
  • You can fail your first additional language subject but then you must score:
  • 30% in the remaining subjects
  • Fail one subject by a maximum of 20%         

Minimum APS based on these marks: 13              

Please note that each university or higher education course has its own minimum APS score as an entry requirement when applying. Do some research on the course you are interested in studying so you are familiar with how well you need to pass your Senior Certificate (Amended).  

How Do I Register For My Adult Matric Exams?

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) registrations for Adult Matric exams  opens from October/November until the end of January. You can register online or in-person, with your supporting documents to complete your registration. The Adult Matric/Senior Certificate (Amended) exams are scheduled for the May/June exam session. 

Online Exam Registration

You can register online on the governments’ e-Service website.

Education District Office

You can visit your nearest Department of Education district office to register in person.

Documents You Will Need

  • Completed registration form
  • A certified copy of your ID or birth certificate
  • Candidates whose country of birth is outside of South Africa will need to use their passports
  • Repeat candidates must include a copy of their previous highest qualification 
  • Examination numbers of previous Grade 12 or equivalent exams

How To Prepare For The Adult Matric Exams?

Preparing for your final exams can be seen as the most stressful part of completing your Adult Matric. There are many ways you can avoid feeling stressed. Matric College principal, Jan Badenhorst, offers the following tips to avoid as much of that stress as possible: 

Ultimate Tips

  • Create a Mock exam session with fellow Adult Matric students and friends. You will be able to test what you studied so far and see where you may need to put in a bit more effort.
  • Practice time management. Complete certain study portions of your coursework on dedicated days so that you do not run out of time. 
  • Create a manageable time schedule. Scheduling studying into your everyday life is important to ensure that you complete everything that is required of you. 
  • Have a dedicated study area. Choose an area that you know is a place where you will not be interrupted. You can lay out all your study materials whilst practising organisational skills. 
  • Study with friends/fellow students. Peer studying is a great way to achieve something as a group and you will definitely learn a thing or two from your study partners. 

Watch Jan Badenhorst Give Tips On Studying For The Matric Exams

Grade 12 Past Papers

Matric Downloads Site

We have a dedicated Matric College download site designed to house all of our coursework resources, including Grade 12 past papers from the DBE and IEB. 

Options if I have matric- Matric College

If you have failed your Matric in school and have not gone back to rewrite the exams, you can apply as early as 19 years of age to do an Adult Matric Course, giving you enough time to work through the coursework. This means you will be eligible to write the Adult Matric / Senior Certificate (Amended) exams when you are 21 years old. 

Have you failed your Matric as an adult? Here is what you can do:

  • Recheck
  • Remark
  • View

How Can I Have My Matric Exam Paper Rechecked?

If you feel that the mark you earned in your exam is not reflective of your hard work and suspect that the marks were not added up correctly, you can have your exam paper, OR papers, re-checked.

  • An examiner will re-calculate your marks on your exam paper or papers
  • You are able to recheck all your Matric exam papers you wrote 
  • Pay the fee of R29.00 to the Department of Education to have your paper or papers rechecked 

How Can I Have My Matric Exam Paper Remarked?

This is when your exam paper is given to a new examiner to be marked. You can do this if you feel the final mark you received is not fair for the answers you gave. 

  • You are able to re-mark any amount of Matric exam papers 
  • You pay a fee of R120.00 per subject to the Department of Education for a re-mark

How Can I View My Matric Exam Paper?

  • This process is when you request to view the Matric exam paper you wrote
  • You can only view exam papers after remarking and re-checking
  • You will be able to view the exam paper and see how the examiner marked your exam paper
  • This process will cost you R234.00 per subject. 

Please note that prices for recheck, remark and viewing of Matric exam papers are subject to change every financial year. Please visit the Western Cape Education Department site for further information. 

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

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