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Rewrite or Do your Matric in 2020 (Adults over 21 with GETC or Grade 9 or Standard 7)

Registration for the 2020 Senior Certificate Examinations are now open!

Closing date: 31 January 2020

Register at any education district office or online

Adults that qualify to write the 2020 Senior Certificate(amended) examination must register for the examination from 01 October 2019 until 31 January 2020. Candidates may register at any provincial education office (which includes the provincial head office, the district office or a circuit office) OR register online on (online registration accessible from 08 October 2019).

To be registered you will need to submit the following:

- Completed registration form

- A certified copy of your ID document or birth certificate or passport (foreign candidates)

- Repeater candidates must attach a copy of their previous highest qualification

- If you have you entered and wrote any other Grade 12 or equivalent examination before you will need to supply the examination numbers for those exams.

The following candidates will qualify for admission to the Senior Certificate:

- Adult learners who are 21 years and older who have:

-- a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC); or

-- a Grade 9 school report (or the old standard seven), stating that they have passed Grade 9 or Standard 7; or

-- a recognised equivalent qualification obtained at NQF Level which requires two official languages.

- Adult learners who are 21 years and older with an incomplete Senior Certificate qualification.

- Adult learners who are 21 years and older with an incomplete National Senior Certificate and whose School-Based Assessment (SBA) validity has expired.

- Only in exceptional cases, out of school youth, who are 18-21 years old and who could not complete their school education due to circumstances beyond their control, as verified by the Head of Department in the Provincial Education Department.

- Adult candidates who are 21 years and older with an incomplete NSC and whose School-Based Assessment component has not yet expired may choose to complete the NSC by registering in January for the 2020 NSC examinations to be written in November, or convert to the Senior Certificate. Should the candidate choose to convert to the Senior Certificate, they may not revert to the NSC and attempt to complete the NSC qualification.

Subjects to be offered

The subjects listed below which are part of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement of the National Senior Certificate, will be offered as part of the amended Senior Certificate. The subjects will in essence be the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements of the National Senior Certificate, excluding the School-Based Assessment (SBA) component.

Each candidate must offer six subjects in order to qualify for the Senior Certificate (as amended). Adults who have approved Senior Certificate subject credits, but do not comply with the required six-subject package, must select the remaining required subjects from the following list of 34 adapted National Senior Certificate subjects:

Table A: Official languages at Home and First Additional level


Afrikaans Home language 13300019

Afrikaans First Additional Language 13310029

English Home Language 13300039

English First Additional Language 13310049

IsiNdebele Home Language 13300059

IsiNdebele First Additional Language 13310069

IsiXhosa Home Language 13300079

IsiXhosa First Additional Language 13310090

IsiZulu Home Language 13300099

IsiZulu First Additional Language 13310109

Sepedi Home Language 13300119

Sepedi First Additional Language 13310129

Sesotho Home Language 13300139

Sesotho First Additional Language 13310149

Setswana Home Language 13300159

Setswana First Additional Language 13310169

SiSwati Home Language 13300179

SiSwati First Additional Language 13310189

Tshivenda Home Language 13300199

Tshivenda First Additional Language 13310209

Xitsonga Home Language 13300219

Xitsonga First Additional Language 13310229

Table B1: Agriculture


Agricultural Sciences 10320239

Table B2: Business, Commerce and Management Studies


Accounting 12320249

Business Studies 12320259

Economics 12320269

Table B3: Human and Social Studies


Geography 16320279

History 16320289

Religion Studies 16320299

Table B4: Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences


Computer Applications Technology 19320309

Information Technology 19320319

Life Sciences 19320329

Mathematical Literacy 19320339

Mathematics 19320349

Physical Sciences 19320359

FAQs on Senior Certificate (as amended)

Question: I wrote my matric in 2013 but did not gain university exemption. I would like to rewrite some of the subjects that I failed so as to gain entry into university. Will writing the SC help me? Answer: Yes, the SCexam certificate does offer the opportunity to enter any higher education institution.

Question: I failed 2 subjects when I wrote my matric in 1999. If I write the SC examinations will I be able to combine my 1999 SC results with the SC results? Answer: Yes you can, but keep in mind that only selected subjects are available and you have to comply with the subject choice requirements.

Question: I wrote 3 subjects in the 2018 SC exams and wrote 3 more in the 2019 SC exams but on my statement of results it is written ‘incomplete’. Must I write more subjects? Answer: Not necessarily. You have to apply for a combination of results and you have to comply with the subject choice and pass requirements.

Question: I want a matric certificate but the subjects I want to offer are not on the SC Subject list. What options do I have? Answer: Unfortunately, subjects with a practical component cannot be made available, because candidates are not receiving full time tuition.


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