Before you choose your subjects, you need to think carefully about why you are doing your matric. If you need matric to improve your CV or to apply for a job or promotion, then nobody is going to look at your subject choices or your marks. They will simply check if it is a matric certificate issued by Umalusi.

If you are not trying to go to University or aiming for a career that requires the difficult subjects, then rather choose subjects that will be easy for you, e.g. Mathematical Literacy is much easier than Mathematics. Be kind to yourself, and discuss your subject choices with your course expert.

After you have registered with us, you can still change your subject choices for one month, without paying extra. So you can also discuss your subject choices with your tutor once you start studying.

If you want to change your subjects after your first month, then you will have to pay extra for those changes and subjects.

Adult Matric Subject Choices

You must choose 3 compulsory subjects, plus 3 optional subjects. You must choose two languages. One of your languages must be “Home Language”. Think carefully about what you need your matric certificate for… So you make it easy on yourself! Or choose subjects that will help you in your job or career.

Compulsory Subjects

You must have a Home language, an Additional language and one of the Mathematics provided.

  • English Home Language
  • English 1st Additional Language
  • Afrikaans Huistaal
  • Afrikaans 1st Additional Language
  • Other 1st Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Literacy

Optional Subjects

Physical, Computer and Life Science Subjects

  • CAT (Computer Applications Technology). Note: This subject has a practical component.
  • Life Science (Used to be Biology)
  • Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry)

Business, Commerce and Management Studies

  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Economics

Human and Social Studies

  • Geography
  • History

Matric Upgrade Subject Choices

You must choose 3 compulsory subjects, plus 3 optional subjects. You must choose two languages. One of your languages must be “Home Language”. Think carefully about what you need your matric certificate for… So you make it easy on yourself! Or choose subjects that will help you in your job or career.

Compulsory Subjects

You must have a Home language, an Additional language and one of the Mathematics provided.

  • English Home Language
  • English 1st Additional Language
  • Afrikaans Huistaal
  • Afrikaans 1st Additional Language
  • Other 1st Additional Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Literacy

Optional Subjects

Physical, Computer and Life Science Subjects

  • CAT (Computer Applications Technology). Note: This subject has a practical component.
  • Life Science (Used to be Biology)
  • Physical Science (Physics and Chemistry)

Business, Commerce and Management Studies

  • Accounting
  • Business Studies
  • Economics

Human and Social Studies

  • Geography
  • History

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