What marks do I need to pass matric? - Youth Capital

What marks do I need to pass matric?

Young people in matric this year and those rewriting their matric will start their mid-year exams very soon. One of the questions possibly running through their minds is ” what marks do I need to pass matric?”. There are different categories for passing matric, namely Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor. Each category includes grades you need to obtain; it also allows learners different possibilities to study further.

The results are summarised in the table below.

A Higher Certificate pass.

A Higher Certificate pass requires young people to get 40% and above in Home Language and two other subjects. This means that to get a Higher Certificate pass,  it is compulsory for a learner to obtain at least 40% in three subjects. In the three other subjects, a learner needs to obtain at least a 30% pass. 

What can I do with a Higher Certificate pass?

With a Higher Certificate pass, you can go to a Further Education and Training (FET) college to study to become an artisan or a makeup artist, for example.

A Diploma pass.

Unlike a Higher Certificate pass, a Diploma pass requires a learner to obtain at least 40% in five designated subjects including Life Orientation. A learner is also expected to get at least 30% in two other subjects.

What can I do with a Diploma pass?

With a Diploma pass, you can go to some universities or study at some technical colleges, and study to become an engineer, a nurse or a technician for example.

A Bachelor’s pass.

Lastly, to obtain a Bachelor’s pass, a learner needs to get 50% and above in five designated subjects including Life Orientation. They must also get at least 30% in two other subjects.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s pass?

With a Bachelor’s pass, you can go to University to study to become a doctor, a lawyer or a psychologist.

What if I fail?

In all the above categories, a learner is only allowed to fail one subject. In the same way that there is a benchmark for passing, there is one for failing. If you get level 1 (between 0% and 29%) in any two subjects, then you have failed matric. This means that you can register for the Second Chance Matric Programme with the Department of Basic Education, go to a FET college or look for a job. 

What about the School Based Assessment for second chances? 

The above requirements also apply if you are re-writing the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exam as a second chancer. The internal SBA counts for 25% of a learner’s final matric grade. If you want to read more about SBA, here is a post.

What is your experience of upgrading or rewriting your matric? Get in touch.

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