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

  • 2. 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.

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
SAYes design, deliver and support mentoring programmes for youth in transition. All SAYes Mentorship programmes provide mentor-mentee matches with scientifically credible interventions to improve mentee independence (via the quality of decision making) and well-being (via the consistency of healthy practices). Interventions are person-centred, delivered one-to-one, and span ten transition domains focused on the intervention targets highlighted by key social development indicators (e.g., literacy, freedom of expression), sustainable development goals (e.g., decent work and economic growth), and population specific challenges (e.g., institutionalisation among care leavers). In the workplace context, interventions are ultimately aligned with core government priorities such as developing priority skills, ensuring sustainable access to the economy, and/or accelerating enterprise development in a value chain.

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.

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