What to do with a diploma pass?

Date Published: December 18, 2020 A diploma pass is one of the three pass levels of the National Senior Certificate (NSC). What can I study with a diploma pass? Learners...

Date Published: December 18, 2020

What to do with a diploma pass

A diploma pass is one of the three pass levels of the National Senior Certificate (NSC).

What can I study with a diploma pass?

Learners with a diploma pass can study at a college and get a diploma certificate. Learners can also study at a university that offers diploma courses. 

To get a diploma pass you have to;

  • Get at least 40% in your home language 
  • At least 40% in three other subjects
  • At least 30% for two other subjects

NATED Courses

You are allowed to study NATED Courses with a Diploma pass.

NATED stands for National Accredited Technical Education Diploma. To study a NATED course you have to have a matric certificate. Here is a list of NATED courses on offer:

Can I pass matric with 5 subjects?

No, you can not. As a matric student, you need to pass at least 6 out of 7 subjects. Here are the minimum pass requirements:

  • Pass your home language at a minimum of 40%
  • Two other subjects at 40%
  • Three other subjects at 30%

Level system: What the grades mean

To further your studies after high school it is important that you understand what your grades mean.

Here is what each level represents: 

Level 7
80–100% (Outstanding achievement)

Level 6
70–79% (Meritorious achievement)

Level 5
60–69% (Substantial achievement)

Level 4
50–59% (Moderate achievement)

Level 3
40–49% (Adequate achievement)

Level 2
30–39% (Elementary achievement)

Level 1
0–29% (Not achieved: Fail)

More on your matric symbols and levels.

Jan Badenhorst, the CEO of Matric College, discusses your options after passing matric with a Diploma Pass

Author: Omega Fumba 

Last Updated: Sanel Van Staden,  2 July  2021

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