Further Your Studies

You don’t have your matric, but you’d like to study further

Most people assume that there is no hope for them to study further if they haven’t obtained their matric certificates. We would like to bust that myth and tell you that YOU CAN study further without a matric certificate.

The education system works like this: There are levels for each qualification called NQF. NQF stands for National Qualifications Framework. These start coming into play from the foundation phase in primary school. In Grade 9 you receive a certificate which grants you an NQF 3. Unfortunately, not many people accept job applicants who only have an NQF 3 and universities require an NQF 4 for  them to even consider you.

Here is an example of what the different NQF levels are:

National Qualifications Framework:

LevelsQualification Types
10Doctoral Degree
9Master’s Degree
8

Bachelor Honours Degree

Postgraduate Diploma

Bachelor’s Degree

7

Bachelor’s Degree

Advanced Diploma

6Diploma Advanced Certificate
5Higher Certificate
4National Certificate
3Intermediate Certificate
2Elementary Certificate
1General Certificate

When you matriculate, you acquire an NQF 4. Colleges like College SA, all offer courses that start at an NQF 3. So you really do not need to get your matric certificate to study further.

It is recommended to complete your matric certificate at school as some schools offer free schooling or school at a cheaper price than a college. Don’t stress if you didn’t have that opportunity or unforeseen circumstances hindered you from attending school. Colleges like College SA have opened the door to many new opportunities.

You have obtained your matric certificate

Obtaining your matric certificate doesn’t mean that you can apply anywhere and everywhere for any course that you want to. When you get your matric certificate, you pass with a specific passing level. Each different passing level indicates what type of qualification you can apply to study for.

The different levels:

Higher Certificate Pass:

  • A pass mark of at least 40% for your home language.
  • A pass mark of at least 40% for two other subjects
  • A pass mark of at least 30% for three subjects.
  • If you fail a maximum of one subject, you School –based Assessment (SBA) will be used to evaluate your pass.
  • NB: one of your languages must be English or Afrikaans to pass with a higher certificate

Diploma Pass:

  • A pass mark of at least 40% for your home language
  • A pass mark of at least 40% for three other high credit subjects
  • A pass mark of at least 30% for two other subjects
  • NB: one of your languages must be English or Afrikaans to pass with a higher certificate

Bachelor’s Certificate Pass:

  • A pass mark of at least 40% for your home language
  • A pass mark of at least 40% for four other high credit subjects
  • A pass mark of at least 30% for two other subjects
  • A pass mark of at least 30% for your first additional language

FYI: The higher credit subjects are- languages, accounting, agricultural science, business studies, consumer studies, dramatic arts, economics, engineering graphics and design, geography, history, information technology, life sciences, mathematics, mathematical literacy, music, physical sciences, religion studies, visual arts. All other subjects are considered low credit subjects.

Your results at the end of Grade 11 should be an indication of what you will achieve in your matric exams, you can apply at universities or colleges with these marks. These marks will grant you provisional acceptance and if your matric marks are still up to standard, you will be accepted.

If you can not afford to study, there are many bursaries out there for every degree. There is also financial aid at most tertiary institutions. Take a look at Stoogle Bursaries to take a look at the bursaries available.

Another option is taking a gap year. You can use this year to travel and discover new places, or you can work. Some people work and save up for a gap year while others work and travel simultaneously. A gap year is a great way to discover what you want to study or do with your life if you are unsure about it. There is a lot out there, all you need to do is a little bit of research.

Courses targeted at adults.

Many adults do not go back to study once they’ve hit a certain age. There are many reasons for this including family, finances, they reckon their opportunity to study is over or they would be too embarrassed going back to a university filled with thousands of young people.

Understandably no one would like to be embarrassed, but that is no reason to give up on studying or completing your matric. Distance learning is a brilliant way for adults to achieve their academic dreams. You do not need to attend classes, you can work from home and continue with your life and responsibilities at the same time.