The Importance of Matric and what Options I have

The importance of Matric is pushed into students year after year as they go through school.  However, some people never get to the final Matric exams.  And some that do not get enough grades for the chosen further studies.

Here are some of your options. 

The Importance Of Matric

We all understand the importance of matric. It’s your future. Your matric certificate gives you access to further studies, as well as showing future employers what you are capable of. 

It is possible to leave school at the end of Grade 9 with a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC). Twenty or thirty years ago it was possible to do further studies with this and build a substantial career for yourself. Unfortunately in the present day, to study further at any institute and for most basic jobs, a matric certificate is needed.

You get different passing levels based on your results. The higher your marks, the better the qualification is that you can study for. The different levels are Higher Certificate Pass, Diploma Pass and Bachelor’s Certificate Pass. To get each of these, you need to achieve the following:

Higher Certificate Pass:

  • A pass mark of at least 40% for your home language.
  • A pass mark of at least 40% for two other subjects
  • A pass mark of at least 30% for three subjects.
  • If you fail a maximum of one subject, you School –based Assessment (SBA) will be used to evaluate your pass.
  • NB: one of your languages must be English or Afrikaans to pass with a higher certificate

Diploma Pass:

  • A pass mark of at least 40% for your home language
  • A pass mark of at least 40% for three other high credit subjects
  • A pass mark of at least 30% for two other subjects
  • NB: one of your languages must be English or Afrikaans to pass with a higher certificate

Bachelor’s Certificate Pass:

  • A pass mark of at least 40% for your home language
  • A pass mark of at least 40% for four other high credit subjects
  • A pass mark of at least 30% for two other subjects
  • A pass mark of at least 30% for your first additional language

 Higher credit subjects are- languages, accounting, agricultural science, business studies, consumer studies, dramatic arts, economics, engineering graphics and design, geography, history, information technology, life sciences, mathematics, mathematical literacy, music, physical sciences, religion studies, visual arts. All other subjects are consider lower credit subjects.

What If I Failed Matric Subjects?

A student learning and researching the importance of matric. If you failed the recent matric examinations, there is no need to worry, you have many options available to you. There are three options that we recommend.

Firstly, you can have your exams rechecked. This is where the examiners will check to see if your exam marks were added up correctly. This costs R18 per paper.

Secondly, you can have your exams remarked completely. This is where the examiners will check every answer to see what you got right and wrong. This costs R80 per paper.

Thirdly you can apply to rewrite some of your exams.  For subjects where you did not do well you can rewrite your exams in May.  The application to rewrite your exams closes in January..  If you want to know more about your options you can find that out here.

Matric Rewrite Exam Timetable

All exam rewrites are now in May.  This is if want to rewrite an exam that you did not write, or failed.  Or if you want to improve your marks.

What can I Study if I Don’t Have Matric?

Many people feel that if you do not have matric you will not be able to study further.  However, this is not the case.  Many colleges offer accredited programmes that can take you to a matric equivalent level.  Or even to a Diploma level.

One such qualification is the Institute of Chartered Bookkeepers (ICB) qualifications.

One of the colleges we recommend for ICB courses is Skills Academy.  The ICB accredited courses offered by Skills Academy are:

Sign up with Matric College now!

If you want to rewrite, upgrade or do your adult matric please contact us now.  We can help you, and supply everything you need to pass.

You can apply at Matric College today!

Last updated: June 05,  2020