What is the difference between the National Senior Certificate (NSC) and the Senior Certificate (SC)?
- NSC is a high school-leaving certificate.
- SC is for adult learners who are 21 years and older.
- SC is commonly known as Adult Matric.
- Who qualifies for SC?
- How to register for SC?
National Senior Certificate(NSC)
The National Senior Certificate is a high school diploma or a high-school leaving certificate. The NSC is also known as matric.
To complete matric, you have to study seven subjects. Amongst these seven subjects are the following:
- Learners must study two compulsory official SA languages.
- Learners have to choose between Mathematics or Maths literacy.
- Life Orientation is a compulsory subject.
- Learners get to choose 3 additional subjects.
To view all the matric subjects that learners can choose from, click here.
Learners can pass the NSC in the following three ways:
The Senior Certificate(SC), also known as Adult Matric is for candidates who are 21 years and older.
Senior Certificate learners can also qualify for Higher Certificate, Diploma or a Bachelor’s pass. This means that SC candidates can also further their studies at University, as is the case for NSC candidates.
Senior Certificate candidates must register for six subjects.
Who qualifies for a Senior Certificate?
- Adult learners who are 21 years and older who have not finished matric.
- Adult learners who are 21 years and older who have not completed Adult Matric.
- Adult learners who are 21 years and older who have a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC).
- Adult learners who have passed Grade 9 school or the old standard seven.
- Adult learners who are 21 years and older who have an equivalent qualification at NQF Level. This qualification must have two official languages.
Registration for the 2021 Senior Certificate
- Registration for the 2021 exams may be done online or at any education district office.
- Online registration will close on 28 February 2021.
- Manual registration will close on 12 March 2021.
Online registration guidelines
- Register your account on https://www.eservices.gov.za.
- Go to matric services and start a new registration.
- Upload a copy of your original ID and highest grade passed report. All documents have to be certified.
Author: Omega Fumba