What can i study with a Higher Certificate Pass in Matric

What can i study with a Higher Certificate Pass in Matric?

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) pass requirements have changed quite a bit with the introduction of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS), which revolve around 3 pass levels that determine your future study options.

The 3 levels and their respective requirements are:

  • Higher Certificate Pass
    • You’ll need a passmark of at least 40% in your home language.
    • You’ll need a passmark of at least 40% in two other subjects.
    • You’ll need a passmark of at least 30% for three other subjects.
    • If you fail a maximum of 1 subject, your School-based Assessment (SBA) items like tests and assignments will be used to evaluate your pass.
    • It’s also important to remember that one of your languages must either be English or Afrikaans to qualify for a Higher Certificate.
  • Diploma Pass​
    • You’ll need a passmark of at least 40% for your home language.
    • You’ll need a passmark of at least 40% for 3 other high credit subjects.
    • You’ll need a passmark at least 30% for 2 other subjects.
    • If you fail a maximum of 1 subject, your School-based Assessment (SBA) items like tests and assignments will be used to evaluate your pass.
  • Bachelor’s Certificate Pass 
    • ​You’ll need a passmark at least 40% for your home language. 
    • You’ll need a passmark at least 40% for 4 other high credit subjects.
    • You’ll need a passmark at least 30% for 2 other subjects.
    • You’ll need a passmark at least 30% for your first additional language.

Higher Certificate Pass in Matric

Who is eligible to write the National Senior Certificate examination?

  • Current Grade 12 learners
  • Anyone whose School-based Assessment validity has not expired may register as a part-time candidate for the NSC examinations. The School-based Assessment validity expires after 3 years from the date the candidate first wrote the NSC exams.

What are the minimum requirements for a candidate to obtain a National Senior Certificate?
The minimum requirements are:

  • Achieve 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level and 30% in three subjects.
  • Provide full evidence in the SBA component in the subjects offered

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