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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The Department has scrapped the list of designated high-credit and low-credit subject criteria. 


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.

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