The Difference Between a Bachelor Degree Pass and a Diploma Pass

Pass levels are dependent on your Admission Point Score (APS). Entrance to universities and colleges is dependent on it as well. Know how to calculate it.

The main difference between a Bachelor’s Degree Pass and a Diploma Pass is that a Bachelor’s Pass can enable you to get entrance into any university to study for a Bachelor’s Degree Course.  A Diploma Pass will enable you to gain entrance into a university of technology or study for a Diploma Course. 

What Are Matric Pass Levels?

A Matric Pass Level is the level of pass that you will have achieved when you get your Matric results. Hence, the difference between a Bachelor’s Degree Pass and a Diploma Pass. Here are the (4) four Matric Pass Levels:

Bachelor’s Degree Pass

The minimum requirements to get a Bachelor’s Degree Pass is as follows:

Diploma Pass

The minimum requirements to get this certificate is as follows:

Higher Certificate Pass

A Higher Certificate Pass allows students to enrol at a college or distance learning institution.

The minimum requirements to get this certificate is as follows:

  • Get 40% in your Home Language – Note: One of your Home Languages must be English or Afrikaans to qualify for this certificate
  • Get 40% in two other subjects
  • Get 30% for three other subjects for the National Senior Certificate

National Senior Certificate Pass

The minimum requirements to get this certificate are as follows:

  • Pass at least (3) three subjects with 40%. One of these subjects should be an official Home Language.
  • Pass at least (2) two subjects with 30%. One of these subjects should be a First Additional Language or Home Language. Obtain 40% in two other subjects for the National Senior Certificate
  • You are allowed to fail 1 subject. The minimum percentage you can get for this subject is 20%. For the National Senior Certificate 30% in three other subjects.  You can fail one subject, but you must get 30% or more for the rest of the subjects

What is APS?

APS stands for Admission Point Score. The APS Score is used to calculate the score that you will have achieved in your exam. This score also determines the pass level that you will have achieved for your Matric. 

In turn, the pass level will also determine what you can study with your Matric. This leads us to another difference between the Bachelor’s Degree Pass and a Diploma Pass. It is their APS scores. 

How Is The APS Score Calculated?

You calculate your APS Score by adding the points of your six best subjects. This is because with Adult Matric you write six subjects only. The percentage that you got in each of your subjects determines the points that you will have scored. The total number of points for your six subjects is your APS.

Here are the points for the respective percentage mark you can use to calculate an APS Score:

% MARKS

POINTS

  • 80% – 100%

7

  • 70% – 79%

6

  • 60% – 69%

5

  • 505 – 59%

4

  • 405 – 49%

3

  • 30% – 39%

2

  • 0% – 29%

1

Why Is A Bachelors Pass Important?

A Bachelor’s Pass is important because it gives you a wide range of opportunities for further studies. It gives you access to study towards a Bachelor’s Degree at university. You can also qualify for Diploma Courses if you have a Bachelor’s Pass.  

What you must remember is that the APS Score of 23 is the minimum. The highest possible score is 42 points.  Depending on your degree choice, there might be other requirements for you to fulfil. 

This could be higher points than the minimum, or you must have passed certain subjects. What you will need to do is to find out the specific requirements for your course from the university of your choice. Here is the list of all South African universities

What Course Can I Study With A Diploma Pass?

With a Diploma Pass, you can study the following courses at Matric College:

  • NATED Courses
  • ICB Courses (Scarce skills Courses)

NATED Courses

NATED stands for National Accredited Technical Education Diploma. NATED Courses are also known as National Qualifications. They are a creation of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and they include a practical component. This was after the Department had noticed a skills gap in the job market. 

These courses build on each other. This means that you cannot move to the next course unless you have completed the previous one. Here are the NATED Courses that you can study with a Diploma Pass

Business Management Courses

  1. Business Management: NATED N4 National Certificate
  2. Business Management: NATED N5 National Certificate
  3. Business Management: NATED N6 National Certificate
  4. Business Management: NATED N6 National Diploma

Marketing Management Courses

  1. Marketing Management: NATED N4 National Certificate
  2. Marketing Management: NATED N5 National Certificate 
  3. Marketing Management: NATED N6 National Certificate  
  4. Marketing Management: NATED N6 National Diploma

Management Assistant Courses

  1. Management Assistant NATED N4 National Certificate
  2. Management Assistant NATED N5 National Certificate
  3. Management Assistant NATED N6 National Certificate
  4. Management Assistant NATED N6 National Diploma

Human Resources Management Courses 

  1. Human Resource Management: NATED N4 National Certificate
  2. Human Resource Management: NATED N5 National Certificate
  3. Human Resource Management: NATED N6 National Certificate
  4. Human Resource Management: NATED N6 National Diploma

Financial Management Courses

  1. Financial Management: NATED N4 National Certificate
  2. Financial Management: NATED N5 National Certificate
  3. Financial Management: NATED N6 National Certificate

Legal Secretary Courses

  1. Legal Secretary NATED N4 National Certificate 
  2. Legal Secretary NATED N5 National Certificate
  3. Legal Secretary NATED N6 National Certificate
  4. Legal Secretary NATED N6 National Diploma 

Educare Courses

  1. Educare NATED N4 National Certificate 
  2. Educare NATED N5 National Certificate 
  3. Educare NATED N6 National Certificate 
  4. Educare NATED N6 National Diploma 

Scarce Skills Courses

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offers (ICB) scarce skills courses, these courses are in demand. These courses build on each other.  They are career-oriented. Here are the ICB programmes that you can study with your Diploma Pass

ICB Business Management Programme

ICB Office Administration Programme

ICB Financial Accounting Programme

Can You Go To University With A Diploma Pass?

Yes, you can go to university with a Diploma Pass but you may only apply for a Diploma course. You can also only go to university with a Bachelor’s Pass and study for a Bachelor’s Degree. You can however upgrade your Matric results if you want to achieve a Bachelor’s Pass. Matric College offers the Matric Upgrade programme.

How Many Points Is A Diploma?

A Diploma is 19 points for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) and 17 points for the Senior Certificate Amended – SC (A). Here are the minimum points for the different Matric Level Passes:

What Symbol Is A Diploma Pass?

A Diploma Pass symbol is D. Here are the symbols for the rest of the Matric Level Passes:

What Are High Credit Subjects?

High credit subjects are those subjects that have higher ratings when you apply for a place to study at a university. For example, Mathematics is rated higher than Computer Application Technology. Here is a list of the high credit subjects:

 

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Author: Collin Wilbesi
Editor: Razeen Dollie
Date: 15, 2022