What is the difference between IEB and NSC?

What is the difference between IEB and NSC? Date Published: October 14, 2020 For a long time, there has been an ongoing debate around IEB and NSC. It is important...

What is the difference between IEB and NSC?

Date Published: October 14, 2020

For a long time, there has been an ongoing debate around IEB and NSC. It is important that you do your research on both as you might not be sure which option is best. Here are the differences between IEB and NSC.

What is the IEB?

IEB stands for the Independent Examinations Board. This is a private assessment board that offers examination services to private or client schools. The IEB is accredited by Umalusi.

Why does the IEB exist?

The purpose for the establishment of the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) was to challenge the apartheid ideas of separation which were based on race.

What are the benefits of IEB?

  • IEB prepares learners for the intensity of work in university.
  • IEB encourages learners to think critically and solve problems.
  • Learners are given the opportunity to learn in an integrated environment.

Is the IEB the same as A Levels?

The IEB programme is equivalent to the UK AS Levels. Their English and Mathematics programmes are equivalent to the UK A Levels.

Is NSC internationally recognized?

“The NSC has been internationally bench-marked by Umalusi and the UK National Recognition Information Centre.

The findings are that the NSC is a fit-for-purpose school-leaving qualification that is sufficient for entry to most universities in the UK, the US and Australia, as well as a number of countries in Africa and other parts of the world.” , says the IEB chief executive, Anne Oberholzer.

According to the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), a National Senior Certificate (NSC) is a nationally recognized qualification. Even though a National Senior Certificate is nationally recognized, it is also internationally comparable.

This means that if you wish to further your studies internationally, you will be able to use your NSC to apply. 

What is NSC?

The NSC or National Senior Certificate is the traditional high school certificate. This certificate is received by learners once they have completed high school. 

Is IEB harder than CAPS?

One mistake people often make is thinking that the IEB is isolated from the CAPS curriculum. The IEB also follows the CAPS curriculum. But, there are some differences in how the IEB sets their exams compared to state NSC.

The IEB exams are set through a process that includes many teachers, parents, students and universities, both within South Africa and abroad.

Which are better, public or private school exams?

Elijah Mhlanga, the spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education says that it makes no difference whether students write IEB or NSC exams as they are all exposed to the same curriculum. 

Mhlanga also stated that both exams are quality assured by Umalusi, the quality council for general and further education and training.

Importance of NSC

Unemployment rates in South Africa are extremely high. While a matric certificate might be important, it simply isn’t enough. A National Senior Certificate is not the only path to success. You can study courses that do not require matric.

What are my Other Options?

If you have not completed your matric or, if you are looking for alternative ways to further your education. Here is a list of colleges that offer no-matric courses that you can choose from.

Matric College

If you need to rewrite your matric exams, Matric College is there to help. Matric college offers courses for individuals who were not able to pass or complete their matric. 

The Skills Academy

Another institution that has multiple courses that do not require matric is The Skills Academy. With their vast range of courses, you can find a course that suits your interests, without needing a matric certificate. 

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