What can I study with a Bachelor’s pass?

A Bachelor’s Degree pass is the highest pass level, which is good because it helps you gain access to university, bursaries and entry-level employment.

If you passed with a Bachelor’s Degree pass in Matric, you did really well. You can use a Bachelor’s Degree pass to study various courses at Matric College. These courses can equip you with skills and knowledge that enable you for employment or Entrepreneurship

Below are the courses you can study with a Bachelor’s Degree pass: 

NATED Courses

National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED) is a type of academic programme designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The DHET designed NATED Courses to help students who do not have employment, become employable.  

They designed courses that have two (2) qualities that are valued by employers. These qualities are: 

  • Work Experience 
  • Knowledge

Employers value these qualities because it makes their work much easier. When a candidate comes with work experience and knowledge, it is easy for them to start working and help the company be more advanced. 

For someone who has no experience or relevant knowledge, it may take more time for them to learn the work, and most employers do not have the time to train interns. So this means by studying for a NATED Course, you become a candidate who is desired by employers. 

NATED Courses are accredited by the DHET and the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). This means the courses are registered with these professional bodies. Which makes you gain a qualification that is more valuable. 

Below are the NATED Courses you can study: 

ICB Courses

ICB courses are designed by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). The courses are named after the ICB. ICB designed these to offer courses that are business based to students. 

ICB Courses focus on scarce skills which are needed in employment places, from finance, administration and management departments. This provides you with skills that are highly valued by employers. 

Having these skills and knowledge that are required in any form of a business, you become a candidate that is desirable to employers. Having these skills even allows you to start your own company.

ICB Courses are accredited by the ICB and the QCTO. These courses are registered with these professional bodies. They are on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) system, which makes them recognised in South Africa. 

After studying an ICB Course, you gain a qualification that is valuable to employers. 

ICB Courses are recognised in many places. With over 500 training providers that offer these courses, the ICB has recognition in South Africa and abroad. You can use an ICB Qualification to find work, open a business or study further nationally and internationally. 

These are the ICB Courses we offer: 

Short Courses

Short Courses (non-accredited courses) are designed by the college. These courses are designed to help students with or without Matric to study. You are enabled with skills. Using these skills, you can start a company or find employment.

Short Courses are not accredited. However, this does not take away the fact that they have good qualities, such as the following: 

  • They are easy to complete 
  • They can be completed in 2 to 24 months
  • There are no exams, only assignments 
  • They improve current skills 
  • They boost your chances to gain a promotion 
  • They are good employment 
  • You can gain skills to open a business 

Below is a list of the Short Courses we offer: 

Matric Upgrade Course

The Matric Upgrade Course offers a second chance to people with Matric. Our course is designed to help you achieve the marks you want on your Matric Certificate. This applies whether you passed or failed your Matric. 

Although you obtained a Bachelor’s Degree Pass in your Matric, you may feel that you want even better marks. This can be done through the Matric Upgrade Course. 

The Matric Upgrade Course offers you a certificate that is issued by Umalusi, who is a quality Council responsible for all Matric Qualifications in South Africa. You gain this qualification that can be used to apply to university or for entry-level work.

What Is The Highest Pass In Matric?

The Bachelor’s Degree Pass is the highest pass in Matric. This is the pass level that has a better chance of getting into university. If you obtain a Bachelor’s Degree Pass, you can study at university. However, keep in mind that this is if you meet other requirements set by the university and the course you have applied for. 

Is Getting A Bachelor's Degree Hard?

Yes, getting a Bachelor’s Degree can be challenging, but not impossible. You have to study to obtain this Matric Pass Level because it is the highest one. You only need the following marks to achieve this pass level: 

  • 50% in four subjects 
  • 40% in your Home Language 
  • 30% in two more subjects 

To receive the Bachelor’s Degree Pass, you can use these study tips: 

  • Find a study spot 
  • Make a study timetable 
  • Discover your best learning style, e.g. studying while speaking 
  • Make study notes 
  • Use past papers to study 
  • Study daily 
  • Take breaks when studying 
  • Find assistance e.g a tutor
  • Motivate yourself to study 
  • Have a goal 
  • Study consistently 
  • Research when you do not understand a topic 

What Does It Mean If You Pass Matric With A Bachelor's Degree?

If you pass Matric with a Bachelor’s Degree, it means that you have passed with the highest pass level in Matric. Therefore, you have a better chance of getting into university to study a Degree course.

Why Is A Bachelor's Pass So Important?

A Bachelor’s Degree Pass is so important because it helps you gain the following: 

  • University admissions 
  • Bursary admission 
  • Learnership admission 
  • Internship acceptance 

Can You Get A Bachelor's If You Fail One Subject?

Yes, you can receive a Bachelor’s Degree Pass if you fail one subject. From the last two subjects that you can pass with 30%, you can fail one subject and still pass. However, this is not something to pursue. You should study to pass all subjects because each one is important.

Universities accept students who have passed all their subjects with good marks. This is because good marks can be maintained. If you pass well in Matric, the university believes you will bring in the same energy to the university and maintain their good records of producing students who pass.

Is A Diploma The Same As A Bachelor's Degree?

No, a Diploma Pass is not the same as a Bachelor’s Degree Pass. A Diploma is lower than a Bachelor’s Degree Pass. However, they are both good passes because they can be accepted into university. 

Someone with a Bachelor’s Degree Pass has a higher chance of getting into university. This is because it is the highest pass. A Diploma Pass is accepted into some universities. 

Please note that having a Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma Pass does not automatically guarantee your acceptance into university. There are other requirements set by the university that you must meet. You can do research on the course and university to know what their requirements are and study to meet them. 

Can You Go To University With A Diploma Pass?

It depends on the university. Some universities will accept a Diploma Pass for a Diploma, Higher Certificate or Certificate Course. This means you can not study a Degree Course with a Diploma Pass.

What Are The 3 Types Of Certificates You Can Get In Matric?

There are four (4) types of Certificate passes in Matric. These are known as the following: 

Bachelor’s Degree Pass Level

  • A minimum of 40% in your home language 
  • A minimum of 50% in four subjects 
  • A minimum of 30% in two other subjects 

Diploma Pass Level

  • A minimum of 40% in your home language 
  • A minimum of 40% in four subjects 
  • A minimum of 30% in two other subjects

Higher Certificate Pass Level

  • A minimum of 40% in your home language 
  • A minimum of  40% in two subjects 
  • A minimum of 30% in four other subjects

National Senior Certificate Pass Level

  • A minimum of 40% in your home language 
  • A minimum of 30% in two other subjects 
  • A minimum of 30% in three subjects 
  • You can fail one subject 

The CEO of Matric College, Jan Badenhorst, discusses the options you can consider after you have passed matric

Author: Mulisa Nethononda

Editor: Jesmé Africa
Date Published: 15 June 2022