What short courses can I study without matric? There are a number of courses that provide full acknowledged courses for you to choose from. These courses do not require you to have matric. The different courses cover most popular career paths and can be completed through distance learning or part time studying. Here is a list of distance learning courses you can study without matric:


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How can I study without Matric Certificate?


Some individuals think that without a matric certificate you can not study further, or get a decent job. Well they are wrong.


Academically matric is a certification on NQF level 4. And there are many courses you can study that are also certified on NQF level 4. They won’t offer you a matric certificate, but they will provide you a recognized, acknowledged alternative qualifications. And you can utilize them to study up to NQF level 6 (National Diploma level).


The entry requirement to these type of qualifications are that you should be older than 16, and that you must have completed your Grade 10. You need to also be able to check out, compose and comprehend English, given that the courses are given in English.


Much of these alternative courses of study are much better targeted at a career or job, than matric. Matric does not prepare you for any particular job. It is actually just an entry to further research studies.


At Skills Academy We provide career-focussed training via distance learning for individuals who have actually not finished their matric. And for individuals who did complete matric, however they can not acquire entry into a university or college.

How can I study without Mathematics?


When you start a course at NQF level 3 (one year lower than the matric academic level) then you don’t require mathematics to get entry to the course. If the course includes maths, then it begins at a Grade 10 or Grade 11 level.


So, you do not require matric mathematics to start one of these courses.


Here is a list of accredited distance learning colleges where you can study without matric:


At Skills Academy  you can study the following courses without Matric:


Skills Academy also offers ICB courses.

  • Financial Accounting Courses ICB
  • Office Administration Courses ICB
  • Business Management Courses ICB
  • Public Sector Accounting Courses ICB
  • Entrepreneurship Courses ICB

To find out about these courses you can go to the ICB Distance Learning Courses page.


At Learning Group you can study the following courses without Matric:

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  • Wedding Planner Courses
  • Beauty Therapy Courses
  • Digital Photography Courses
  • ICB Bookkeeping, Accounting, Office Admin Courses
  • Interior Decor and Design Courses


At Home Study College you can study the following courses without Matric:

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  • ICB Courses
  • Occupational Health and Safety Courses
  • Financial Accounting Courses ICB
  • Office Administration Courses ICB
  • Business Management Courses ICB
  • Public Sector Accounting Courses ICB
  • Entrepreneurship Courses ICB


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At The Decor School you can study the following courses without Matric:


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Job-related Studies


When you start trying to find a job you will get to understand what employers are trying to find in the real world. Your life experience, real work experience, and qualification and abilities that you can right away utilize in your job, are seriously important.


In this situation you will discover that your career-related studies are often more valuable to an employer than a theoretical certification. The career-related courses are typically more concentrated on real business problems and the best ways to solve them.


Professional Institutes


With Professional Institutes like the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), you can achieve high level, and highly identified qualifications. These qualifications make you employable and can get you promoted if you are currently in a job.


These professional institutes have actually made sure that their qualifications are fully recognized. And they have in their turn certified educational organizations to provide their courses. In the world of work these qualifications can indicate more than a degree.


Personal Education


South Africa has lots of personal academic organisations. Some using Higher Education (degrees) and some offering qualifications in the FET or TVET band. Paradoxically personal education as soon as you leave school tend to be less expensive than going to a university.


And you can study full-time, part-time or by means of distance learning. To find out more about studying part-time you can read the ICB Part-time Courses article.


Personal education has to provide you excellent service since they are not subsidised and they want your company.


Distance Learning


For working grownups who must work and study at the same time, distance learning is a viable choice. It is likewise becoming a solution for students who wish to study full-time, but who were refused entry at full-time educational organizations.


Scarce Skills


Scarce Skills are professions where we have a shortage of skilled individuals.


This includes careers like: Trainee Accountant, Debt Collector, Finance Manager, Management Consultant, Business Administrator, General Accountant, General Clerk, Accounts Clerk and Payroll Clerk.


These tasks have actually been acknowledged by FASSET (the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services), in their Scarce Skills Guide 2015.


How do you acquire a  Scarce Skill?


You can start an ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) accreditation at below-matric level. So entry to the course is easy. The ICB uses a series of Bookkeeping, Accounting, Office Administration, Business Studies and Entrepreneurship qualifications.


These accreditations are recognized by FASSET. And in South Africa you will find that a lot of huge business recognize ICB qualifications.


The ICB qualifications are offered by home study colleges and academies. This makes it accessible to full-time students, in addition to working adults who have to study while they also have a full-time occupation in the daytime.

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Last updated: April 4, 2019