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Can Technical Matric National Senior Certificate qualify me for University

One of the most asked questions by students who want to upgrade their Matric or write their Matric from scratch is whether they will be able to qualify for university entrance with Technical Matric qualifications. If you want to learn more whether taking the N3 Matric route will benefit you or not, read more below.

South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

To fully know the benefits and the value of Technical Matric yo need to get a brief undersanding of the statutory bodies that regulate the value of Senior Certificates. As a point of departure, it is important to note that Technical Matric is an Umalusi qualification (Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Traning) or a Department of Higher Education and Training qualification and is Nationally recognised. The Technical matric according to South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) (a statutory body, regulated in terms of the National Qualifications Framework Act No. 67 of 2008) www.saqa.org.za is an NQF Level: 04 (SAQA ID: 15947). 

What does NQF Level: 04 mean

NQF Level 4 means that Technical Matric (N3) qualification is a grade 12 Senior Certificate qualification and enjoys the same benefits as any other grade 12 qualification which is current. This means that it must be viewed like any other Senior qualification such as the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) or the current CAPS curriculum. Hence students who posses Technical matric qualification are also eligible to apply to colleges and certain Universities to further their studies. Please note that note all universities accept Technical Matric. We will discus these letter.

What are the requirements for Technical Matric National Senior Certificate

Requirements for Technical Matric National Senior Certificate: You can now obtain your National Senior Certificate (Technical Matric N3), by completing four (4) Subjects, then adding Sake Afrikaans and Business English as two languages. Thereby giving you a total of 6 Subjects, which are required for a National Senior Certificate (Matric).

You can get your Technical Matric National Senior Certificate through Correspondence/Distance Learning or doing it part time or full time.

Which Universities take students with Technical Matric

The majority of Universities in the country however do not take students with Technical Matric passes and the main reason being that most qualifications of the Technical Matric especially in terms of the subjects they studied for do not match most of the career choices that are offered at universities. This then creates a big gap resulting in students believing that Technical Matric is not enough for universities.

Most universities then do not consider Technical Matric. However one university that usually considers Technical Matric passes is the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). As a result of the university being a technical university, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) does allow students who passed with Technical Matric or even those who went on to do N4, N5 and N6.

What are the careers that TUT takes with Technical Matric

TUT mainly considers careers in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. In these careers, the following statement is taken from their prospectus. Visit the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment to find out more information on different career choices.

“Applicants with a National N Certificate / N Diploma as published in Nated 191: N3 (NQ F Level 4) and N4/N5/N6 (NQ F Level 5): Admission requirement(s): A National Senior Certificate (NSC) and a National N Certificate/N Diploma as published in Nated 191: N3 (NQF L evel 4) and N4/ N5/N6 (NQF L evel 5), issued by the Council for General and Further E ducation and Training (Umalusi) with at least a 50% achievement (APS score of 4) for English and at least 60% (APS score of 5) achievement for M athematics N3/N4 and E ngineering Sciences N3/N4 (APS score of  5). Applicants will be exempted for subjects on NQF L evel 5 on the grounds of N4/N5/N6 subjects passed (a maximum of 50% of the qualification’s subjects). Exemption will be granted for equivalent building sciences subjects (including Mathematics and E ngineering Sciences), successfully passed with at least a 60% achievement (APS score of 5).”GENERAL INFORMATION For first year enrolment. For more information visit www.tut.ac.za.

The main careers of study include:

  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: BUILDING (NDBU04)
  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: ENGINEERING: CHEMICAL (NDCE03)
  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: ENGINEERING: CIVIL (NDCI03)
  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: ENGINEERING: ELECTRICAL (NDEE12)
  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: ENGINEERING: INDUSTRIAL (NDEI03)
  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: ENGINEERING: MECHANICAL (NDME05)
  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: ENGINEERING: MECHATRONICS (NDMR06)
  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: ENGINEERING: METALLURGY (NDMY03)
  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: SURVEYING (NDSU03)
  • NATIONAL DIPLOMA: THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN (Field of specialisation: Engineering and Related Design) (NDDI08)
  • BACCALAUREUS TECHNOLOGIAE: ARCHITECTURE: PROFESSIONAL (BTPS09)

How long does it take to study Technical Matric

Technical Matric can be completed within 8-12 months and does not need one to have completed grade 11 to do it. A person can have dropped out of school in grade 8 and still be able to write Technical Matric and pass it. A person also may be old and working and still be able to pass it. In the next post people who wrote Higher Grade or Standard Grade and did not get their Matric certificate due to some subjects they failed can add Technical Matric subjects in order to complete their Matric and get their certificate. The department of education has made provisions for that. Check the coming posts for more information on combinations of old syllabus with Technical Matric subjects.

Where are our premises for studying Technical Matric

If you are interested in obtaining your National Senior Certificate Technical Matric, you can study with us whether full-time, or part-time or correspondence. Technical Matric is the We are situated

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