What Qualification Is Matric?

A Matric Qualification is at NQF Level 4. This qualification gives students the opportunity to go to university as well as obtain an entry-level position.

Matric is an NQF Level 4 Qualification. This means that it is an accredited and recognised qualification. The SAQA ID number for a Matric Qualification is 49647

After you have completed the Matric Qualification, you can further your studies or find entry-level employment. Here is what you can do with a Matric Qualification:

  • Paid voluntary work

Voluntary work is generally work done without payment, but some Non-governmental organisations do pay their employees.

  • Learnerships

Learnerships are Work-based Learning Programmes that lead to a qualification. Learnerships are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Learnerships are directly linked to a specific career field. Students receive a stipend every month.

  • Internships

An internship is an opportunity provided by an employer for students to gain relevant work experience during or after their education. An internship empowers students with real-world work experience. Students receive a stipend every month. This can lead to permanent employment.

  • Permanent employment

This option is for students who would like to start working after Matric. Students can apply for any entry-level employment.

Is NQF Level 4 The Same As Matric?

Yes, NQF Level 4 is the same as Matric. In fact, Matric is at NQF Level 4. Here is an image that explains the NQF Levels and how they relate to a Matric Qualification.

NQF Levels

What NQF Is Matric?

Matric is at NQF Level 4. This is the NQF Level you need to apply to universities in South Africa. If you do not want to complete your Matric, you can study with us and complete a Matric Equivalent Certificate. 

This course is also at NQF Level 4. Our Matric Equivalent courses focus on Business Management and Financial Accounting. Here is a table with the NQF Levels up until Matric.

QualificationNQF Level
Grade 1 / ABET Level 1Not on the NQF system
Grade 2 / ABET Level 1Not on the NQF system
Grade 3 / ABET Level 1Not on the NQF system
Grade 4 / ABET Level 2Not on the NQF system
Grade 5 / ABET Level 2Not on the NQF system
Grade 6 / ABET Level 2Not on the NQF system
Grade 7 / ABET Level 3Not on the NQF system
Grade 8 / ABET Level 3Not on the NQF system
Grade 9 / ABET Level 4NQF Level 1
Grade 10NQF Level 2
Grade 11 / Bookkeeping: ICB National CertificateNQF Level 3
Grade 12 / Matric Equivalent CoursesNQF Level 4

What Are The 4 Types Of Certificates You Can Get In Matric?



Minimum Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree Pass

A Bachelor’s Degree Pass is the best way to pass your National Senior Certificate. Some students earn distinctions when achieving this Matric Pass Level. Having a distinction is connected to receiving a Bachelor’s Degree Pass. You can also get this pass without a distinction.

  • Obtain 40% for your Home Language
  • Obtain 50% for four other Higher Credit subjects

Obtain 30% for one other subject for the Senior Certificate (Amended) / Obtain 30% for two other subjects for the National Senior Certificate.

Diploma Pass

Having a Diploma pass means that you can still attend university, but you can only study for a Diploma or Higher Certificate course. The requirements vary from university to university. Research the university before applying with your Diploma pass.

  • Obtain 40% for your Home Language
  • Obtain 40% for four other High Credit subjects
  • Obtain 30% for two other subjects for the National Senior Certificate / Obtain 30% for one other subject for the Senior Certificate (Amended)

Higher Certificate Pass

A Higher Certificate Pass allows students to enrol at a college or distance learning institution.

  • Obtain 40% in your Home Language
  • Obtain 40% in two other subjects
  • Obtain 30% for three other subjects for the National Senior Certificate /  Obtain 30% for two other subjects for the Senior Certificate (Amended)
  • One of your Home Languages must be English or Afrikaans to qualify for this certificate

National Senior Certificate Pass

These are the minimum requirements to get the Senior Certificate (Amended) pass. You can apply for Certificate courses at certain colleges, but you can study any of our courses with this pass level.

  • Pass at least 3 subjects with 40%. One of these subjects should be an official Home Language.
  • Pass at least 2 subjects with 30%. One of these subjects should be a First Additional Language or Home Language.
  • You are allowed to fail 1 subject. The minimum percentage you can get for this subject is 20%.

What Is The Difference Between A Bachelor And Diploma In Matric?

Here are the differences between a Bachelors’s Degree Pass and a Diploma Pass:

Bachelor’s Degree PassDiploma Pass
A Bachelor’s Degree Pass has an APS Score of 23 and above.A Diploma Pass has an APS Score of 19.
You can gain admission to a university and college.You can only gain admission to a college.
You can complete a Degree, Diploma, Certificate and Short Courses.You can complete a Diploma, Certificate and short courses.

You can apply for any of our courses with any Matric Pass Level. You can also improve your Matric Results with our Matric Upgrade Course.

Is 75% A Distinction In Matric?

No, 75% is not a distinction in Matric. 75% is a distinction in university. To get a distinction in Matric, you must get a percentage of 80% and above. Here are 5 tips on how to get a distinction in Matric:

  • Get the most out of your class time

By following these steps, you can make the most of your time:

  • Make sure you take notes
  • Observe and ask questions
  • Engage in classroom activities
  • Apply what you learned in class

            Here are some things you can do to put your new knowledge into practice:

  • Ask your teacher for extra homework so that you can practice
  • Providing assistance to students with similar subjects
  • Going through past papers
  • Make sure you do your homework

You can practice what you have learned in class by completing your homework. By practising more, your marks will improve. You will also be able to identify where you are making mistakes.

  • You should always believe in yourself

The person who is most supportive of you is you. When you believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything.

Our Matric Qualifications

Our students can complete three different Matric Courses. These are all NQF Level 4 Qualifications. Here are the courses that we offer:

  1. Adult Matric Course
  2. Matric Upgrade Course
  3. Matric Equivalent Courses 
  1. Bookkeeping: ICB FET National Certificate
  2. Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate

Adult Matric

The Adult Matric Course is for students who have not completed their Matric but would like to do so as adults. Students must meet the following requirements to enrol in the Adult Matric Course:

  • Be 21 or older. Apply at the age of 19 , but write the final exams at the age of 21.
  • Have a Grade 9 Certificate or Equivalent Certificate (ABET Level 4)
  • Understand, read and write English or Afrikaans
  • Study through distance learning

Matric Upgrade

The Matric Upgrade Course is designed for students who have already completed Matric but have failed or need to improve their Matric Marks. Here are the entry requirements for the Matric Upgrade course:

  • Have an incomplete Matric Certificate or failed Matric Certificate. Apply with a Matric statement of results as well.
  • Understand, read and write English
  • Study through distance learning

The exam for the Matric Upgrade Course can only be completed in October and November.

Matric Equivalent Courses

They are at the same level as a Matric Certificate, which is NQF Level 4. They are industry-specific courses and students who complete them are work-ready. These are the two Matric Equivalent Courses we offer with their entry requirements:

  1. Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate
  2. Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate

Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate

It is the first course in the ICB Business Management Programme at NQF Level 4. As a result, you will gain an NQF Level 4 qualification in business. Here is what you need to apply for this course:

Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate

Our second course in the ICB Financial Accounting Programme is the Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate. All of our ICB Courses build on each other. This means that you have to complete the first course, which is the Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate before you can complete the Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate. Please note that the following requirements must be met to apply:

Is Matric NQF Level 3?

No, Matric is not NQF Level 3, Matric is NQF Level 4. Our Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate is at NQF Level 3 and all of our Matric Courses are at NQF Level 4.

Is Matric A Senior Certificate?

Yes, Matric is a Senior Certificate. Here is what Matric is called:

  • Senior (Amended) Certificate
  • Amended Senior Certificate
  • National Senior Certificate
  • Grade 12

Is An NQF Level 4 Qualification Equivalent To A Degree?

No, an NQF Level 4 Qualification is not equivalent to a Degree. A Degree is an NQF Level 7 Qualification. Here are all the qualifications that are at NQF Level 4:

  • A Matric Qualification
  • A Matric Equivalent Qualification
  • A General Certificate in Secondary Education (GCSE) Qualification

What Is Matric Equivalent To In The UK?

Matric is equivalent to a General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) A, B and C. Here is a table that example the NQF Levels and RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) Levels:

1Grade 9 Certificate / General Certificate
2Grade 10 Certificate/ Elementary Certificate
13Grade 11 Certificate/ Intermediate Certificate / GCSE D, E, F, G
24National Senior  Certificate (Matric) / GCSE A, B, C
35Higher National Certificate / A Levels A, B, C, D, E
57Bachelors Degree / Advanced Diploma(SA) / Higher National Diploma(UK)
68Honours Degree / Post Grade Diploma
79Masters Degree
810Doctorate Degree

What Can I Study Without Matric?

At Matric College, we have over 20 courses you can study without Matric. Here are your options:

People Also Ask

Passing your matric exams, especially as an adult, can come with challenges, but here are some tips to help you navigate the toughness and confidently come out of the exam hall:

  • Positive Mindset
  • Understand The Syllabus
  • Create a Study Schedule
  • Use Study Guides and Past Papers
  • Focus on Weak Areas
  • Revise Regularly
  • Manage Stress
  • Group Study Sessions
  • Stay Healthy
  • Prepare for the Exam Day

Your APS score will determine your academic path going forward after matric. The points you receive from all your subjects (except Life Orientation) will be combined, and your final score will give you the matric pass associated with your score, for example:

  • A Bachelor’s pass is 23 points and above
  • A Diploma pass is 19 points
  • A higher certificate pass is 15 points
  • An NSC pass is 14

Each of these passes will allow you to study in different institutions and different courses, and with our courses, you can study with or without a matric certificate.

Exams can come with different thoughts that might distract you from your goal, but you can use these strategies to help you cope and keep your eyes on the prize:

  • Organize Your Study Time
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Practice Relaxation Techniques
  • Understand the Material, Don’t Just Memorize
  • Take Practice Exams
  • Stay Positive
  • Seek Support
  • Limit Caffeine and Sugar
  • Focus on What You Can Control
  • Mindfulness and Grounding Techniques

Author: Jesmé Africa
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: April 4, 2022