What Can You Expect With the Release of Your Matric Results?

What Can You Expect With the Release of Your Matric Results?

Date Published: December 22, 2020

With the matric finals over and the results on the way, there are a few things you can expect with their release. 

  • New Release Date 
  • Reading the Results 
  • Where to Study 
  • Options if You Fail

New Release Date

The matric results of the 2020 academic year are no longer set to be released in January as normal. The new release date for the matric results will be on the 23rd of February 2021. 

This new date is due to the shift in the examination timetable as both the students and teachers needed more time to get through the academic syllabus.   

Reading the Results

When you get your final matric results, you must understand how to read them. Without a basic understanding of what your results mean, you will not know what to expect. 

Here is an APS calculator to help you calculate your APS.

Bachelor Degree Pass

To meet a BD pass, you must achieve:

  • An APS score of 4 in at least 4 high credit subjects 
  • An APS score of 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of 2 in any 2 other subjects  
  • A total APS score of 23

Diploma Pass

To meet a diploma pass you need:

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 4 high credit subjects 
  • An APS score of 2 in any other 2 subjects 
  • A total APS score of 19

Higher Certificate Pass

To meet an HC pass, you need:

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 2 other subjects 
  • An APS score of 2 in 3 other subjects
  • A total APS score of 15 

NSC Pass

To get an NSC pass, you need: 

  • An APS score of at least 3 in your home language 
  • An APS score of at least 3 in 2 other subjects
  • An APS score of 2 in 4 other subjects
  • A total APS score of 14 (use this APS calculator)

Where to Study

Your expected tertiary education institution is determined by your pass levels. 

  • BD Pass: With a Bachelor’s Degree pass, you will be able to study at a university level. This does not mean that you will get into any university course. It means that this is the lowest possible requirement to do a university course with the lowest entry requirements. Your APS score ultimately determines your academic eligibility. 
  • D Pass: A Diploma pass means that you will be able to study a diploma course at a college or university. You cannot however study a degree course as you do not meet the minimum requirements.
  • HC Pass: A Higher Certificate pass is the bare minimum needed to apply for a Higher Certificate Course at a college or university. You do not meet the requirements for a diploma or degree course. 
  • NSC Pass: This is the lowest pass rate achievable at the end of your matric year. With this pass, you can study a course that does not require a matric certificate.

Options if You Fail

Failing matric is not the end of the road. You do not need to have a matric certificate to build a successful career. 

Matric College offers courses that do not require a matric certificate. Click here to look at all the courses they have to offer.

ICB

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offers courses in business and financial management that can be completed without a matric certificate.  

These courses are all scarce skills which means that you are more likely to find a job. It also means that you can build a successful and well-paying career without ever completing your grade 12 year. 

The 5 study programs offered by the ICB are:

Register

If you are looking to register for one of our courses, why not call us on 012 762 7100 to register or to speak to one of our course experts. 

Author: Andrea Frisby 

Published: February 15, 2021

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