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National Senior Certificate Pass Requirements

The NSC pass requirements have changed tremendously with the introduction of CAPS. The basic concept revolves around a minimum pass requirement but also three other levels that determine your further study options. The three levels are

  • Higher Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Bachelors Degree

These levels are entry guidelines for tertiary certificate, diploma or degree courses. Each tertiary institution has additional requirements that need to be met for entrance.

This means that you must be aware of the course entry requirements for the course you wish to study. Achieving the appropriate level does not guarantee acceptance.

Subject Choices

A minimum of seven subjects are required to be considered for a national senior certificate.

Compulsory Subjects

  • Home Language
  • First Additional Language
  • Life Orientation

Designated Subjects

The remaining four subjects can either be chosen from the High or Low Credit subject lists. Subjects on the high credit list are given more recognition by tertiary institutions.

High Credit Subjects

  • Languages
  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics & Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Music
  • Physical Sciences
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts

Low Credit Subjects

  • Agricultural Management Practices
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Civil Technology
  • Computer Applications Technology
  • Dance Studies
  • Design Studies
  • Electrical Technology
  • Hospitality Studies
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Tourism

Higher Certificate Pass Requirements

These are the minimum 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 three other subjects
  • You may fail one subject but proof of your SBA items (Tests, assignments etc) must be available

Its also important to remember that one of your languages must either be English or Afrikaans to qualify for a Higher Certificate.

Diploma Pass Requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language
  • Must obtain at least 40% for 3 other High Credit Subjects
  • Must obtain at least 30% for 2 other subjects
  • You may fail one subject but proof of your SBA items (Tests, assignments etc) must be available

Bachelors Degree Pass Requirements

  • Must obtain at least 40% for your Home Language
  • Must obtain at least 40% for 4 other High Credit Subjects
  • Must obtain at least 30% for two other subjects

This requires that you obtain at least 30% for your first additional language.Show 102550100 entriesSearch:

Rating Code% LimitsCompetence
780 – 100Outstanding Achievement
670 – 79Meritorious Achievement
560 – 69Substantial Achievement
450 – 59Adequate Achievement
340 – 49Moderate Achievement
230 – 39Elementary Achievement
10 – 29No Achievement