UPDATE: What are the NEW matric pass requirements?
If you're in the dark about what the minimum pass requirements for matric are, and what a bachelor's pass is, here's all you need to know.
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UPDATE 4 January 2019: The Department has scrapped the list of designated high-credit and low-credit subject criteria with effect from September 2018.


The pass requirements aren't as simple as you may think. And in September, the Department made amendments to the pass requirements, allowing students to fail 1 subject. But there are still very specific subjects and marks you need to pass.

Elijah Mhlanga, a spokesman for the Department of Basic Education, explains, “If the learner does not satisfy the minimum subject requirements, he will not be awarded with the [National Senior Certificate], even though he may have attained an exceptionally high mark in one or two of the other subjects."

But let us break it down for you.

Firstly, there are 3 pass levels:

1. Higher certificate
2. Diploma
3. Bachelors pass (previously known as an exemption).

Here are the matric pass requirements for each of these levels:

Higher certificate pass requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% in your Home Language,
  • Must obtain at least 40% in two other subjects,
  • Must obtain at least 30% for four other subjects. 
  • Must past at least 6 out of 7 subjects.

Diploma pass requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language,
  • Must obtain at least 40% for three other subjects excluding Life Orientation,
  • Must obtain at least 30% in the Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT) of the tertiary institution (Higher Education Institution),
  • Must pass at least 6 out of 7 subjects.

With this pass you can apply to study for a diploma at a TVET college or University of Technology.

Bachelors Degree pass requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language (compulsory),
  • Must obtain at least 50% for four other subjects excluding Life Orientation,
  • Must obtain at least 30% in Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT) of the tertiary (Higher Eduction) institution,
  • Must obtain at least 30% for one other subject,
  • Must pass at least 6 out of 7 subjects.

With a Bachelor's pass you can apply to study towards a degree at a university, university of technology, TVET college or any accredited Higher Learning Institution.

Also see: Disappointing matric results? Here are your options

Level system: What the grades mean

  • Level 7: 80–100% (Outstanding achievement)
  • Level 6: 70–79% (Meritorious achievement)
  • Level 5: 60–69% (Substantial achievement)
  • Level 4: 50–59% (Moderate achievement)
  • Level 3: 40–49% (Adequate achievement)
  • Level 2: 30–39% (Elementary achievement)
  • Level 1: 0–29% (Not achieved: Fail)

Which subjects are compulsory?

  • Home Language
  • First Additional Language
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation
  • Either English or Afrikaans as one of your languages

Sources: The Department of Basic EducationNSC Pass Requirements by Umalusi 

Check your matric results online at News24's Matric Results site.

Here are 7 ways to check your matric results

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