Pass requirements for the Amended Senior Certificate:
Adult learners 20 years and older and out of school youth 18-21 years entering the amended SC without credits must:
- Offer a minimum of 6 subjects selected from the subject list below:
- Must include two (2) official languages, of which one must be the Language of learning and teaching (LOLT)
- One of the languages must be at Home Language level and the other at least at First Additional Language level.
- Pass at least five subjects, provided:
- Obtain at least 40% in three (3) subjects which include Home Language and 30% in the remaining two subjects of the amended Senior Certificate as listed below;;
- Obtain a sub-minimum of 20% in the failed sixth subject in the final examination;
- No aggregate requirement for candidates taking all six (6) amended Senior Certificate subjects.
- One subject condonation(c) at 20%, 30% or 40% is permitted if the candidate is short of one subject to obtain the qualification.
- No immigrant concession will be granted.
Learners with SC credits obtained prior to July 2014
- All Senior Certificate subjects obtained prior to July 2014 can be combined provided you:
- Obtained at least 40% to qualify for a Higher Grade pass in that subject, with the exception of the Second Language Higher Grade in which at least 33,3% must have been obtained.
- Obtained at least 33, 3% to qualify for a Standard Grade pass in that subject.
- No Lower Grade credits will be recognized except when needed to affect a pass.
- Obtained at least 40% in Sake Afrikaans or Business English (N3 Languages) at First or Second Level (offered prior to July 2014).
- These learners must select the remaining required subjects from the amended senior certificate subject list. (see "What subjects can I study?")
- Subject selection must include two (2) official languages, one at First Language level and the other at least at Second Language level.
NSC candidates older than 21 with expired School-based Assessments (SBA)
- All National Senior Certificate subjects, in which a pass was obtained, with the exclusion of Life Orientation, can be combined with the new Senior Certificate subjects.
- No aggregate will apply for subject combinations of the amended Senior Certificate with the National Senior Certificate.
- NSC subjects passed at 30% can be used in the combination.
Principles for combination
- A candidate may combine any number of previous credits from the SC(a), SC, NSC or N3 languages.
- The best 6 subjects will be used in the combination.
- A candidate must pass at least 5 subjects in the combination.
- Only pass subjects will be utilised for combination purposes.
- A candidate must offer a minimum of one SC(a) subject in the combination and that subject must be passed at 30%.
- The subminimum requirement of one subject at 20% will apply to all candidates including those requesting combinations.
- A candidate can receive only one condonation, either on aggregate (total marks) or subject.
- The aggregate of 800 will only apply when combining the SC(a) with SC subjects and N3 languages. No aggregate will apply for combining the SC(a) with NSC subjects.
- Similar subjects from different qualifications cannot be used to combine results viz. Biology and Life Sciences; English Home Language/First Additional Language and Business English, etc.
Promotion requirements for combinations
- Candidate wrote six subjects or more.
- Pass at least five of the six subjects.
- Pass at least one SC(a) subject in the combination at 30%.
- The best six subjects will be used in the combination including the best two languages (one must be Home Language or First language) will be taken into consideration.
- Pass two languages, one at Home Language or First Language level at 40% and the other on First Additional Language/Second Language level at 30%. N3 Languages passed at 40%.
- A candidate may pass two languages at Home Language or First Language level.
- One of the languages should be a LOLT language.
- Obtained 40% in Senior Certificate HG subjects and 33,3% in Senior Certificate SG subjects.
- Obtained at least 30% in the NSC subjects.
- Satisfy the aggregate of 800 when combining to SC(a), SC and N3 languages.
- The subminimum of 20% will only apply for the 6th subject.
- One subject condonation (maximum 2%) at 40% or 33,3%, 30% or 20%, if the candidate is short of one subject to obtain the qualification or an aggregate condonation on 790 will apply.