Did you do matric in the past and never really got very good results? Did you maybe fail matric? Do you want to study further, but you think your matric certificate, or your matric fail is preventing you from further studies?
The Truth about Matric
Let me share with you some FACTS about Matric:
1. Only 50% of students that start school ever gets to sit in a Matric class. Half of scholars leave school before they even get to the end of Matric.
2. If you measure how many scholars passed Matric, by looking at how many should be in Matric, the failure rate for Matric is not 39.4%. The real failure rate is 79%
3. Matric does not prepare you for any job. Employers employ people with real skills and real experience. If you have ever tried to get a job, you will know that very little of the interview is about Matric; and most of it is about your previous work experience.
4. There are many courses you can study without first doing Matric.
So if you think you need Matric to be accepted for further studies… you are mistaken.
Some Background Figures
According to iol.co.za, “the Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD) has shown that of the 1 550 790 pupils who entered the education system in 1998, only 551 940 made it to Grade 12 and wrote the final exam last year. This is a startling statistic that affects the official 60.6 percent pass rate’’.
“Of the 500 000 or so matrics who wrote the exam, 217 331 failed, representing a failure rate of 39.4 percent. But if the 998 850 pupils who got lost in the system during those 12 years were taken into account, the headline figures would change.”
“The failure rate would double to 79 percent, the pass rate would shrink accordingly and the drop-out figure would stand at 64 percent, suggesting that it’s not six in 10 young people who are passing matric, as the Department of Basic Education’s figures show, but six in 10 young people who are getting no education at all!!! What does this say about our country’s school education system?”
FACT: nearly 8 out of 10 pupils that go to school either drop out, or, fail Matric.
So … Do you really need Grade 12?
If you want to go to a University and study for a Degree, you need to complete Grade 12. You need to pick the right subjects so that you can get a Matric with Exemption. And then you will also have to pass the University’s Entrance Exam.
If you want to study a College programme, short course or qualification, you must ask what the “entrance criteria” for that specific programme is. In some cases you need Grade 10, in some cases you need Grade 11 and in some cases you need Grade 12.
For some courses you need to have work experience, and for some you need to be over a certain age. And for some courses the requirement is that you have passed a course at NQF 3 (Grade 10) or 4 (Grade 12) level, but these do NOT have to be School Grades that you have passed!
This is all very confusing!
Yes it is! Please allow me to give you an easy way to figure out what to do next …..
Do you want to study for a Degree and go to a University?
YES – Complete your Grade 12 at school and make sure you have selected the correct subjects and that you comply with the University’s entrance criteria. Often they will require that your marks be at a certain level (for example: you must get an A for Maths). And most Universities will make you sit an entrance exam with the university, which you must pass before they will accept your applications.
NO – you have many, many options… keep reading!
Have you passed Grade 12?
YES – You can start most programmes that are at NQF 4 level. From this you can advance to NQF 5 level.
If you choose to do a programme that is not aligned to the NQF, you should still ask at what academic level the programme is. This will help you make sure that you will be able to master the academic content of the programme.
NO – keep reading. Next we shall show you some options open to people who do not have Grade 12.
Have you passed Grade 10 or 11?
YES – You can start any programme that is at NQF 3 level. From this you can advance to NQF 4 and sometimes NQF 5 level programmes. A programme at NQF level 4 is at the same academic level as Grade 12.If you choose to do a programme that is not aligned to the NQF, you should still ask at what academic level the programme is. This will help you make sure that you will be able to master the academic content of the programme. College SA has many courses that you can study if you have passed Grade 10 or Grade 11.
NO – keep reading. Next we shall show you some other options that might work for you.
Are you older than 23 years of age?
YES – Many training institutions will accept you on a course once you are older than 23. What you should check is that you will be able to handle the level of the language used in the course, and that you will be able to cope with the academic content of the course. If you feel unsure, it is always better to start with an NQF level 3 course and then work your way up from there.
NO – keep reading. Next we shall show you some options that might work for you.
Have you got work experience that is relevant to your studies?
YES – Most colleges will recognise your work experience. So if you have two or more years of work experience that is relevant to the area you want to study, then chances are that you will be accepted onto the programme based on your work experience.
What you should check is that you will be able to handle the level of the language used in the course, and that you will be able to cope with the academic content of the course. If you feel unsure, it is always better to start with an NQF level 3 course and then work your way up from there.
All courses have their own entrance criteria. And you will have to check the entrance criteria of any course you are interested in. For example, for some courses you need Grade 10, plus access to a Computer, and for other courses the only entrance criteria is that you must be older than 23 years of age, and able to understand the English used in the course material.
So you have many options, even if you don’t have matric?
Exactly! And to make it even easier, I shall now give you links to some of the courses at College SA, which you can do if:
- you are older than 23, OR
- if you have Grade 10, OR
- if you have more than two year’s work experience