Matric Results: Where to from here?

Waiting for your matric results and, in anticipation of your marks, are wondering – what will I do next year? Study? Work? Travel? What if I don’t pass? Worry not – we have got you covered!

We are going to explore all of your post-Matric options and ensure that whatever you decide to do – be it studying, traveling or working – you will be prepared to make the most of it.

I want to study

If you want to study next year, let us take a look at the different options open to you with regard to the different levels of passing matric in South Africa.

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree Pass

In order to attain a Bachelor’s Degree Pass you will need:

  • 40% for your Home Language
  • 50% for four (4) other Higher Credit subjects
  • 30% for two (2) other subjects

In the event that you do attain a Bachelor’s Degree Pass, you will be able to apply to study a Bachelor’s Degree at a University in South Africa.

  1. A Diploma Pass

In order to attain a Diploma Pass you will need:

  • 40% for your Home Language
  • 50% for four (4) other Higher Credit subjects
  • 30% for two (2) other subjects
  • You will also be able to fail one (1) subject

In the event that you do attain a Diploma Pass, you will be able to apply to study towards a Diploma after school. Diplomas are offered at smaller tertiary institutions and some Universities.

  1. A Higher Certificate Pass

In order to attain a Higher Certificate Pass you will need:

  • 40% for your Home Language
  • 40% in two (2) other subjects
  • 30% for three (3) other subjects
  • One of your languages must be English or Afrikaans
  • You will also be able to fail one (1) subject

In the event that you do attain a Higher Certificate Pass, you will have to study at Colleges that offer Higher Certificate Courses. These can, in some cases, be used as a stepping stone to gain access to study further.

You will also be able to do more informal learning in the form of apprenticeships and learnerships if you desire. These are great as they give you hands-on experience of the career field that you choose.

Matric Results Received & I Failed

Do not worry – not all hope is lost! If you want to try again you will be able to apply to redo Matric through a number of private institutions or you can apply to rewrite some of your subjects by doing the supplementary exams. See what alternative options are available to you if you did not pass matric here

  1. Write the Supplementary Exams
  • If you failed Matric and are still determined to get your National Senior Certificate, then you can apply to write supplementary exams. These will take place the following year and you will have to meet a few criteria in order to be eligible to write. See more on applying for supplementary exams here.
  1. Request a re-mark
  • If you failed Matric and believe that you did better than what your results imply, then you can request a re-mark of your exam scripts. This will come at a reasonable cost of R105 per script. See more on re-marking here.
  1. Upskill yourself
  • Formal education isn’t for everyone. Although we recommend acquiring your National Senior Certificate – there are other ways to make yourself more employable. There are many institutions that offer you the opportunity to upskill yourself without a Matric certificate.

I Want to Take a Gap Year

If you are indecisive about going straight into your post-matric studies or what it is that you want to study then taking a Gap Year is a great idea. Time away from formal learning is beneficial in a number of ways:

  1. Traveling allows you to get out of your comfort zone and learn about yourself and the world around you
  2. Being exposed to a variety of new things may just usher you in the direction of what you should pursue as a career
  3. Taking time off from studying will allow you to come back re-energised and ready to make the most of your studies
  4. Finally, beginning your studies a year later will allow you to gain some life experience and maturity that will definitely be to your benefit when it comes to interacting with your learning material

It’s important to use your gap year wisely. Learn from professionals, do internships and volunteer. Take the time to answer the questions that you need to answer.

I want to work

An option that has become more popular in recent times is to gain work experience straight out of high school. This can be in any field of work and will in most cases take the form of internships and job shadowing. This is highly useful as it gives school-leavers hands-on experience of what the working world is like and exposure to what a career in such a field may be like. If you are interested in working straight out of school, have a look at these websites:

  1. Trusted Interns
  2. JobVine
  3. Nomad Now

We also think that having a look through these Career Profiles may help you decide in which direction you’d like to go!

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There post-Matric options are endless. Follow your gut, give it your all and see where you end up! If you’re still feeling unsure, don’t fret, our career guidance team have fleshed even more after school options for you right here

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