What is the difference between the National Senior Certificate (NSC) and the Senior Certificate (SC)?

What is the difference between the National Senior Certificate (NSC) and the Senior Certificate (SC)?

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:

Senior Certificate(SC)

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.

For more details on the Matric 2021 Exam Registration, click here.

Author: Omega Fumba 

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