For many, the best option to further their careers, is still to obtain a matric certificate. If due to circumstances you were not able to complete your schooling and now wish to improve yourself by improving your academic qualifications, there are a number of possibilities available to you. There are quite a few Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges that offer instruction up to matric level.
National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA)
The NASCA’s purpose is to provide opportunities for people who have in the past, had limited or no access to continuing education and training opportunities. What this means is that the opportunity is given for people over the age of 21 years, to obtain a National Senior Certificate at NQF level 4, using their previous life and work experience as the basis for further study. The requirements are as follows:
- Age: 21 years and older who have one of the following:
- A General Education and Training Certificate (GETC) for Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) or
- A recognised equivalent qualification obtained at NQF Level 1, which requires two official languages
- Age 21 years or older who have passed some subjects for a Senior Certificate or a National Senior Certificate but who have not completed it.
Adults wishing to complete the Senior Certificate must now study subjects listed by the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS).
Find out more from this downloadble pdf document.
Another good resource explaining NASCAR is provided by the Western Cape Provincial Government and can be viewed here.
Western Cape Government. Senior Certificate (Matric) for adult learners
The Department of Basic Education has revised requirements for the Senior Certificate (matric) qualification for adults. Adults wishing to complete the Senior Certificate must now study subjects listed by the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS). This web site tells you who qualifies to write the exams, how to register, what to study, and where to study in the Western Cape.
The SA-YES Resource Bank South African Youth Education for Sustainability
The SA-YES Resource Bank (RB) is a PDF document containing a directory of websites and contacts on topics ranging from counselling to CV tips and further education to finding employment.
No Matric? No problem
The College of Supported Learning SA addresses several matric needs:
I am older than 23 and have never completed matric
I was in matric in the last 2 years. I did not complete matric
I passed matric but I need better marks
I left school recently. I did not complete matric
I left school a long time ago. I never completed matric
If you have left school and still have to pass matric or are wondering what to do after matric with your qualification, this web directory will show you a world of opportunities.
Oxbridge Academy – Bridging courses
If you left school a long time ago or failed matric, the Bridging Courses will also help bring you up to speed and ensure that you pass your N1 Engineering or N4 course without difficulty. Study is via distance learning.