What To Study After Matric

Accredited Courses

After your Matric, it is that important time that you need to decide on a career path that you will follow.  Here is a list of 34 courses that you can study after Matric: 

NATED Courses

How Do I Choose A Career?

Here are 10 questions to consider when you are choosing a career:

  1. What interests do I have?
  2. What skills do I have?
  3. What are my strengths?
  4. What is my personality like?
  5. What do I value?
  6. What training or education do I need?
  7. Is the career I am choosing in demand?
  8. What salary range would I like?
  9. Where would I want to work?
  10. What do I like about this career?

The activities that you engage in your free time can help you in choosing a career that can be right for you. Perhaps you would not want to miss the hobbies that you enjoy because of work commitments. If you do, it may lead to you being frustrated.

Consider the soft skills and the hard skills that you possess. Bear in mind that hard skills are the skills that you acquired through study, for example, graphic designing. Soft skills are those skills that you will have acquired during the course of life, for example, communication and time-management skills.

Consider what your strengths are. If you are not sure of your strength, you may need to sit down and write down what you think your strengths are. It is also advisable to consult family members or your friends so that they can tell you what they think your strengths are.

Your personality is the way that you feel, think, and behave. This can also help you in determining what type of career you may want to choose. For example, if you are a leader or a follower, if you prefer to work in a group or alone, or if you are a thinker who focuses on ideas or a doer who takes action.

Ask yourself what it is that is important to you. For example, if the family is important to you, you may consider a 9 to 5 job if you want to achieve a work-life balance.

You should think about the training that you need for you to pursue your career. In addition to that, you should also consider the time and money that you will need to achieve the education or the training that goes with the career that you want to pursue.

You must also consider if the career that you want to pursue is in demand. The more your career is in demand, the less time it will take you to secure employment on completion of your education or training.

Consider your earning potential as you choose your career options. Remember,  different careers have different monetary rewards as well as employee benefits.

Where you will want to work can also determine the type of career that you will choose. For example, you will probably need to live in a rural location if you choose to work as a park ranger or farmer, and you may want to live near an urban area if you plan to pursue a finance or fashion career.

Ask yourself why you want to pursue a certain career as you evaluate which choice is right for you. Don’t let the opinions or expectations of others sway your decision.

Is It Better To Start Working After Matric?

Yes, it is better to start working after Matric only if you have the following expectations for your future:

  • You want to gain work experience before studying 
  • You want to save money for your studies
  • You are not sure what you want to study yet
  • You have family members that you need to support financially
  • You want to take a gap year

Why Choose To Study Via Distance Learning

You will study all our courses through distance learning. Distance learning is a form of online learning. Here are the advantages of studying through distance learning:

  • Flexibility
  • Cut transport costs
  • Study anywhere
  • COVID-19 safe
  • Earn and learn at the same time


There is flexibility in studying by distance learning. You plan your own study timetable. By studying through distance learning, you will never miss a class. You can study at your own pace in your own time. 

Cut Transport Costs

With distance learning, there is no need to travel to classes. This way, you get to cut on travel costs. In addition to cutting costs, you also save on time since there will be no need to travel. The time that you would have spent travelling can be used for studying. 

Study Anywhere

Distance learning allows you to study anywhere you want as you do not have to attend classes. You will, however, need internet access to be online. Remember, you also have your Matric College-issued study notes and textbooks that you can work from. 

Earn And Learn At The Same Time

With distance learning, you can earn and learn at the same time. You can work full or part-time while studying. It will be to your advantage if you work in a Marketing department, as you may as well fulfil the practical component of the Marketing Management Programme at the same time. The added benefit of this option is that you can pay for your studies this way.

NATED Courses

NATED is an acronym for National Accredited Technical Education Diploma. NATED courses have their origins from the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). They were designed when the Department saw the need to fill the skills gap in the job market. 

All NATED Programmes have 3 Certificate courses, that is, N4, N5, and N6 and the final Diploma NATED N6 Qualification.

A NATED qualification is a Certificate or Diploma that you are awarded through the study of a NATED course. Remember that there are 6 NATED Programmes that Matric College offers. All these programmes lead to NATED Qualifications. Here is a list of the NATED Programmes:

NATED subjects are subjects that you study under the NATED courses. Each NATED course has its own subjects that you study. For example, these are the NATED subjects that you will study under the NATED N4 Financial Management: National Certificate

  • Entrepreneurship and Business Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Communication
  • Computerised Financial Systems

A NATED Qualification aims to give the learner theoretical and practical knowledge. Here are some of the advantages of a NATED Qualification:

  • Learn and work
  • A certificate is awarded at all levels
  • Courses offer theory and practice
  • Gateway to further studies
  • A rich CV

Learn And Work

With NATED courses, you can study through distance learning at Matric College and work at the same time. This means that you can pay for your tuition fees. If you happen to do work that is in line with what you are studying, you will also be gaining practical experience that is needed for you to be awarded your Diploma Qualification.    

A Certificate Is Awarded At All Levels

For example, a NATED Marketing Management Programme complete course has three levels, that is, N4, N5 and N6. A Certificate is awarded to students who successfully meet the requirements of each level. This means that you may be employed when you complete an N4, N5 or the N6 Certificate course.

Courses Offer Theory And Practicals

The NATED courses offer both theoretical and practical learning. You will be work-ready when you complete NATED courses. This makes you an asset to any employer.

Gateway To Further Studies

A NATED business qualification may be your gateway to further studies. You may also consider looking for employment opportunities. 

A Rich CV

Successful completion of any level of a NATED course will boost your CV. You will have confidence when you apply for a position because you have gained the skills, knowledge and practical work experience in running and managing a business.

To qualify for a NATED course, you will need to meet the following requirements:

Here are the entry requirement for the NATED courses: 

  • Matric
  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Be able to study by distance learning

N levels are specific to National Accredited Technical Education Diplomas (NATED), Matric is at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 4. N levels and NQF levels are not the same, but each N Level Qualification is at a specific NQF Level. A Matric is equal to an N3 level.

Here are the N levels and their equivalent NQF levels:

N6 National DiplomaNQF LEVEL 6

A NATED course should take a duration of a recommended 18 – 36 months to complete. Here is the breakdown of the programme duration:

NATED N4 National Certificate6 – 12 months
NATED N5 National Certificate6 – 12 months
NATED N6 National Certificate6 – 12 months
NATED N6 National Diploma18 months

No, you cannot study NATED courses without Matric.

Matric Equivalent Qualifications are qualifications that are the same National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level as Matric. A Matric Qualification is at NQF Level 4. If you apply for a NATED course with a Matric Equivalent Certificate, that certificate must have at least 120 credits. 

The following Matric Equivalent Qualifications meet the credit requirements:

Benefits of Studying At Matric College

To ensure that you succeed in earning your qualification, here is how you can benefit at Matric College:

  • Provide you with textbooks
  • Provide you with expertly written study notes
  • Access to your tutors
  • Access to student support services from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Assist with exam preparations

ICB Courses

ICB Courses are scarce skills courses. This means that the skills and knowledge that you will gain is in demand. The institution is an independent external examinations body that has been in existence since 1931. Entry requirements to the ICB Programmes are flexible. 

Two of the foundation course of the ICB are Matric equivalent.

An ICB course is a course that you study under the institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Matric College offers 10 ICB courses under the following programmes:

You register for the ICB through the ICB Student Portal. Remember, you must register at Matric College first before you register with the ICB. Here are the steps that you need to take: 

  • Click here to register directly with ICB
  • Fill in all the relevant details
  • Click register
  • You will be redirected to another page where you must fill in all the required information
  • You will then be able to log in with your new credentials

When you register as an ICB student, you will be given access to the ICB Digital Portfolio using the MACCI portal. Your registered courses will only reflect on your digital portfolio once your payment has been processed. Here is what you can do with the MACCI portal:

  • Keep up to date with course progress 
  • Complete and submit assignments
  • Write Online Tests and Exams 
  • Complete your Digital Portfolio of Evidence

A Digital Portfolio is a collection of your tests and assignments that you complete for each subject during the study of your ICB course. It is proof that you have studied and understood the course subject. Your final exam is also part of your Portfolio of Evidence.

Here are the steps to registering for your exam:

  • Pay your Annual Student Registration fee
  • Thereafter, register for your exams
  • Immediately get access to MACCi
  • Receive your Portfolio of Evidence
  • Complete your tests and assignments
  • Write your final exam
  • Receive your results about 6 weeks after the exam date

The ICB Course assessments consist of 3 assignments and 2 tests. These are included in a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) that students access on the ICB MACCI portal. There is a PoE for every subject. Students must complete their tests and assignments before the examinations start. Here is a list of the ICB Course assessments: 

  • Assignments 
  • Online Tests 
  • Exams 


There are 3 assignments for each subject that you must complete no longer than a week before the final exam starts. It is important to complete and submit this in time, as the marks will be combined with your test and exam to determine your final mark allocation. 

Online Tests 

There are 2 tests for each subject that you must write. The ICB MACCI will mark your test and give you immediate results. With these results, you will know what to expect on your next assessment and improve. 


ICB offers exams in two ways. These are: 

  • Online 
  • Paper-Based

The two exams are similar, the differences are simply that one is written online and the other is written at a physical location. 

The Online exams are set for 01:00 pm to 04:30 pm Paper-based exams are set for 09:00 am to 12:30 pm.

Yes, ICB courses are recognised both locally and internationally. 

International Recognition

ICB Qualifications are also recognised by international professional bodies for either membership and/or further studies. Here are the international bodies that recognise ICB qualifications:

  • ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants – UK
  • CIMA – Chartered Institute of Management Accountants – UK
  • IAB – International Association of Bookkeepers – UK
  • IAAP – International Association of Accounting Professionals – UK

ICB courses are recognised by other professional bodies locally, as their qualifications meet the requirements for their membership. Here are professional bodies that recognise ICB qualifications in South Africa:

  • SAIT – South African Institute of Tax Practitioners
  • SAIBA – South African Institute Of Business Accountants

You can postpone an ICB exam if you missed your exam due to circumstances beyond your control, for example, death in the family or your sickness. You will have to send supporting documents to the ICB as proof of your circumstances. Here are the steps that you will need to take:

  1. Complete this application form
  2. Attach supporting documents
  3. You will receive a confirmation via email
  4. Allow 2 business days for the application to be processed
  5. Be advised of the results of your application

Once your results have been audited and your Qualification is conferred for graduation, ICB will notify FASSET who will certify and FASSET will direct the ICB to print your Certificate.  ICB will send your Certificate to Matric College, where you will be awarded your Qualification. This process takes 6 – 8 weeks.

You can study further with other institutions of higher learning after completing your ICB Programme. ICB courses are recognised by other professional bodies. This means that you can get exemptions from other professional bodies with your ICB qualification, like ACCA and CIMA.

No, ICB is not a Degree. The ICB stands for Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. The Institute has been in existence since 1931. It is an independent, external examinations body. It is recognised both locally and internationally. It examines students in the following programmes:  

Our Accreditation


SAQA stands for South African Qualifications Association. It is the body that administers the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The body also coordinates with Quality Councils and registers qualifications on the NQF. ICB and NATED courses are registered on the NQF.


The Department of Higher Education and Training is one of the two Government departments that oversee education and training in the country. Higher education and training falls under the DHET. ICB and NATED courses are higher education training.


The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers is the body that sets the ICB exams. When you pass your exam, the ICB instructs FASSET to issue you a Certificate, while the ICB issues you with a Certificate of Completion.


The Quality Control for Trades and Occupations is the body that ensures that Trade and Occupational courses measure up to the required standards. NATED and ICB courses are Occupational courses and are subject to quality control by the QCTO.

What Courses Can I Study Without Matric?

Failed your Matric?  There are a number of courses that you can study without Matric. These courses can set you up for a rewarding career. Here are the courses that you can study without Matric:
  • Matric Courses
  • Short Courses

Matric Courses

Adult Matric

The Adult Matric Programme affords adults an opportunity to write their Matric. They could have missed studying for their Matric because of various reasons that may include choosing the option to work earlier in their life or having dropped out of school. Here are the entry requirements for the Adult Matric Programme:
  • You should have completed and passed Grade 9 or
  • A Grade 9 equivalent accredited programme, for example, the ABET programme – the programme must be at NQF level 1 and must include two official languages
  • You must be 21 years or older

Matric Upgrade

Matric Upgrade is also known as Matric Rewrite gives students a second chance to achieve the following:
  • Improve their marks
  • Pass the subjects that they would have failed
  • Add new subjects
  • Change their subjects to ‘easier ones’
Here are the entry requirements for the Matric Upgrade Programme:
  • You must have already completed Matric (Failed, incomplete or pass)
  • Be able to read write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Frequently Asked Questions

To pass your Adult Matric course, you need to pass 5 of your 6 subjects. There are 4 levels of Matric certificates you can obtain with different minimum pass marks. They are These passes determine how well you passed and your eligibility to study further at university.
  1. Bachelors Pass

  2. A Bachelors pass means that you must have at least achieved:
    • 40% in your home language subject
    • 50% in four other High Credit subjects
    • 30% in one other subject
    Minimum APS based on these marks: 21
  3. Diploma Pass

  4. A Diploma pass means you must have scored at least:
    • 40% in your home language subject
    • 40% in four other High Credit subjects
    • 30% in one other subject
    Minimum APS based on these marks: 17
  5. Higher Certificate Pass

  6. To obtain a Higher Certificate pass, you must have at least achieved:
    • 40% in your home language subject
    • 40% in two other subjects
    • 30% in three other subjects
    • You must have English or Afrikaans as a subject to achieve this qualification
    Minimum APS based on these marks: 15
  7. Senior Certificate (Amended) (SC(A)) Pass

    • An SC(A) pass is the lowest certificate you can achieve and will mean you have passed at least:
    • 40% in your home language subject
    • 40% in two other subjects
    • You can fail your first additional language subject, but then you must score:
    • 30% in the remaining subjects
    • Fail one subject by a maximum of 20%
    Minimum APS based on these marks: 14

The cost of you to study Adult Matric depends on the number of subjects that you will study. Contact one of our course experts who will advise you on a course of action. In the process, our expert can recommend to you the number of subjects that you must study and calculate the cost thereof.

Yes, you can go back to school after failing Matric. You will have to be below 21 years. You can rewrite any number of subjects that you wish. You can use the School-Based Assessment (SBA) that you achieved when you first sat for your Matric. After you attain the age of 21 years you will have to rewrite your Matric under the Matric Upgrade Programme.

Yes, you can get a job without a Matric Certificate. As you have seen, you can study for any course of your choice without Matric. By doing this, you will have set yourself for a rewarding career. ICB courses, that you can study without Matric, are scarce skills courses. With a scarce skill qualification, you can get a job in no time.   

With a Short Course, you may not even have to look for a job, but you can start your own business and become an employer.

Matric UpgradeAdult Matric
You must have completed MatricYou can apply with a Grade 9 Certificate
You complete this course to improve your Matric marksYou complete this course to get a Matric Certificate
This course can take between 3 months and a year to completeThis course can take between 1 – 3 years to complete

Yes, you can study Matric online. Completing matric online means that you are completing your matric via distance learning. The online components of this course are to use the following online tools:

No, you cannot buy a Matric Certificate. Here is what you need to do to acquire your Matric Certificate:

  1. Contact one of our course experts or fill in the form below
  2. Receive your study materials within 5 – 7 days of registering
  3. Study with the help of our tutors and online resources
  4. Interact with your tutors and fellow students on study groups
  5. Prepare for your exams
  6. Write your exams and pass
  7. Get your Matric Certificate

Matric College offers Short Courses that do not require a Matric to study. The duration of our Short Courses is from about 4 to 12 months. The Short Courses are usually offered in the following three stages:

  1. Short Course
  2. Certificate Course
  3. Comprehensive Course

Entry Requirements

The only minimum requirement for short courses is your ability to read, write and understand English. This is because the medium of instruction is English. 

Beauty Courses

Educare And Child Care Courses

Tourism And Guesthouse

Event And Wedding Planning

Yes, Short Courses are good, here is why: 

  • You stay current within your market 
  • You foster growth within your career
  • A short course is skills-focused in a specific area. This helps in your professional development.
  • With a short course, you can study and develop your skills at the same time that you are working
  • A short course takes a shorter period of time to complete 
  • A short course is cheaper than a qualification
  • Short courses are affordable 
  • Short Courses often have no or little registration fees
  • You can also do a short course even if you do not have any qualifications

Short courses are not accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) or the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). This means that they are not qualifications. They do not have any credits.

Matric College’s Short Courses are at three levels. Here are the three levels and their recommended duration: 

  • Short Course – can be completed up to 6 months
  • Certificate Course – can be completed in 4 -12 months
  • Comprehensive Course – can be completed in 12 – 24 months

Short Courses do not have any credits. Short Courses are not registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). They are also not accredited by the Council on Higher Education.

All Short Courses offered by Matric College are best for a job. Remember, Short Courses are skills-focused.

Short Courses are skills programmes. A Short Course is for you if you want to start your own small business or improve the business that you are already in. It is also for you if you want to look for employment opportunities in the sector that you are studying.

Here is what you will need to consider when choosing a Short Course:

  • Be sure you are clear on the reasons why you want to do the Short Course
  • Understand what the course entails 
  • Find out the essential facts about the course
  • Know that details about the course payments

Short Courses do not count as qualifications. This is because they are not accredited by the Council on Higher Education. They are also not on the National Qualifications Framework.

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Author: Collin Wilbesi
Editor: Amy Venter
Date Published: March 22, 2022

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