What The Different Matric Passes Mean

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Understanding the matric pass rates can be confusing so in this article, we break it down for you. In order to pass you will need to pass six of your matric subjects.


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There are different kinds of passes associated with Matric. The matric results you achieve will then affect which types of qualification you can go on to study and where you can study.

Here are the different matric passes and what they mean.

Higher Certificate Pass

Pass six of your seven subjects.

  • Home Language 40% (compulsory)
  • 2 Subjects 40% & 3 Subjects 30%
  • 30% Pass in Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT)

Diploma Pass

Pass six of your seven subjects.

  • 4 Subjects with 40% (level 3) achievement
  • Subjects include Home Language at 40% Compulsory Pass (excluding Life Orientation)
  • 30% Pass in Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT)

Bachelor's Pass

Pass six of your seven subjects.

  • 4 Subjects with 50% (level 4) achievement
  • Home Language 40% Compulsory Pass (excluding Life Orientation)
  • 30% Pass in Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT)

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.

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