Matric pass requirements?

7 January 2020
A Bachelor’s pass means you can apply for a degree course at a university or university of technology and can study for a higher certificate, diploma or bachelor’s degree.  To achieve a bachelor’s pass, you must:
  • Pass 6 of the 7 subjects offered;
  • Of which four Subjects must be at least a 50% (level 4) achievement;
  • Including Home Language 40% Compulsory Pass /excluding Life Orientation;
  • 30% Pass in the Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT);
  • The Department of Basic Education has revoked the list of designated subjects with effect from September 2018;
  • The minimum admission requirements for a Bachelor’s degree programme remain the same, namely, a NSC with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the Higher Education Institution (HEI), coupled with an achievements rating of 4 (50-59%) or better in any four (4) NSC subject except Life Orientation.
It should be noted that even if a student has achieved a bachelor’s pass, they do not automatically qualify for a university position.

A Diploma pass requires 40% in four higher credit subjects, 30% in three lower credit subjects, and you may fail one subject.With this pass, you can enrol for a bridging course at a Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college or a diploma course at a university of technology.To receive a diploma pass, a student must:
  • Pass 6 of the 7 subjects offered;
  • Of which 4 Subjects must be at least a 40% (level 3) achievement;
  • Subjects include Home Language at 40% Compulsory Pass /excluding Life Orientation;
  • 30% Pass in Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT).
A Certificate pass requires a 40% pass in your home language, 2 subjects above 40%, 4 subjects above 30% and you may fail 1 subject. This pass allows you to study for a higher certificate.

Level system:
Level 7: 80–100% (Outstanding achievement)
Level 6: 70–79% (Meritorious achievement)
Level 5: 60–69% (Substantial achievement)
Level 4: 50–59% (Moderate achievement)
Level 3: 40–49% (Adequate achievement)
Level 2: 30–39% (Elementary achievement)
Level 1: 0–29% (Not achieved:  fail)