Matric is a big commitment. Over the course of the year, you will pour your heart, soul, blood, sweat, tears and every other cliche for effort into your work. And quite rightly so; a Matric certificate is an essential part of today's education and employment landscape.

While there are options for furthering your education without one, your life will be one hell of a lot easier if you are able to pass Matric. With that in mind, it's probably important for you to know what the minimum requirements are for passing Matric.

Passing Matric: Requirements

There are three levels of Matric certificates:

  • Bachelors Degree pass
  • Diploma pass
  • Higher Certificate pass

Let's look at each in turn.

Bachelors Degree pass

This level of pass will allow you to go on to study for a Bachelor's Degree at a university. The requirements for this are:

  • At least 40% for your Home Language
  • At least 50% for four other High Credit subjects
  • At least 30% for two other subjects

Diploma pass

This level of pass allows you to study towards a Diploma after school. You may fail only one subject. The requirements for this are:

  • At least 40% for your Home Language
  • At least 40% for four other High Credit subjects
  • At least 30% for two other subjects

Higher Certificate pass

These are the minimum requirements for passing Matric. You may fail one subject. The requirements here are:

  • 40% for your Home Language
  • At least 40% in two other subjects
  • At least 30% in three other subjects
  • One of your languages must be either English or Afrikaans

The following subjects qualify as High Credit subjects:

  • Languages
  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics & Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Music
  • Physical Sciences
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts

Article by: Conor Engelbrecht




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