Since the 2016 Matric Results Announcement on Wednesday evening, there has been a lot of excitement, nerves, cheers and tears around the country (for some insight into these results, read Mail & Guardian’s article). While some school leavers are celebrating the end of a long chapter in their lives, others may feel disappointed or even discouraged by the results they received. Maybe you did not manage to pass the exam or maybe you did not meet the admission requirements of the course you wanted to enroll for this year (see our blog on applying to further education for more information on admission requirements).
Whatever the case may be, we have some good news!! You are definitely not at the end of the road and there are quite a few ways to get back on track!
But first things first >> if you have not yet checked your results, view it here
#1 Re-mark or re-check
If you did not meet the pass requirements for the National Senior Certificate, you can apply to write the supplementary exams (these normally take place from middle February towards the end of March). Please read the conditions below to see whether you qualify.
Applications close 19 January 2017!
Conditions for entry as per the regulations governing the supplementary examination
- If a candidate has not met the minimum promotion and certification requirements in the final external examination, but requires a maximum of two subjects to obtain the National Senior Certificate, he or she may register for a maximum of two subjects for the supplementary examination in the year following the final external examination. These two subjects must be subjects that the candidate sat for in the previous end-of-year examination.
- If a candidate is medically unfit and, as a result, was absent from one or more external examinations, he or she may register for the supplementary examination.
- If there is a death in the immediate family of a candidate, or other special reasons for the candidate’s absence, he or she may register for the supplementary examination.
- A candidate who provides documentary evidence that he or she qualifies for admission to a higher education institution or for an occupation, but does not satisfy the higher education faculty requirements or the requirements for the specific occupation, as well as a candidate who is one requirement short in meeting the minimum admission requirements for Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor’s degree programmes, may be allowed to register for a maximum of two subjects.
- In a case where an irregularity is being investigated, provisional enrolment for supplementary examination may be granted to the candidate concerned, pending the outcome of the investigation.
- A candidate who was unable to write or complete one or more of the National Senior Certificate examination question papers for reasons other than illness or injury may apply to write the supplementary examination, provided that a written report is submitted by the principal of the school to the Head of the assessment body.
#3 Re-do: Go back to school
If you do not qualify for the supplementary exams and/or still do not meet the pass or admission requirements after a re-check or re-mark, you can always go back to school. This will allow you to either re-do Grade 12, improve some of your subjects or add subjects to your National Senior Certificate. If you do not feel like going back to the school you bid farewell last year, you can always register at institutions like these listed below:
Just remember that you have to register to write the end of year exams by 15 March.
Bridging courses and Extended Degree Programmes
Some institutions allow prospective students to enroll into a bridging course or extended degree programme (EDP) – contact your institution of choice to find out more about what they offer.
- Bridging courses might assist you to improve certain subjects by providing tutors/classes to prepare you to re-write the subject(s) at the end of the year (see the SciMathUs programme at Stellenbosch University as example). It may also prepare you for further education in certain fields.
- EDP’s allow access to certain courses for prospective students with marks slightly below the admission requirement. EDP’s usually take a year or two longer than the mainstream course to complete
#4 Re-route: Finish your schooling with vocational training
TVET courses are vocational or occupational by nature, meaning that the student receives education and training with a view towards a specific range of jobs or employment possibilities. Under certain conditions, some students may qualify for admission to a University of Technology to continue their studies at a higher level in the same field of study as they were studying at the TVET College.