2023 NSC – Matric Result, Score & General Subjects

South Africa National Senior Certificate (NSC)
South Africa National Senior Certificate (NSC) - Matric Result, Score & General Subjects

 

We Pleased to keep you inform about South Africa National Senior Certificate (NSC) – Matric

The National Senior Certificate or NSC is a high school diploma and is the school-leaving certificate in South Africa. This certificate is commonly known as the matriculation (matric) certificate, however, grade 12 is the matriculation grade.
Students study at least seven subjects, including two compulsory official South African languages, either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, Life Orientation, and three elective subjects. The official pass grade is 40%. The mean mark in any subject is usually about 55.

NSC Examinations

The  National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations commonly referred to as “matric” has become an annual event of major public significance. It not only signifies the culmination of twelve years of formal schooling but the NSC examinations is a barometer of the health of the education system.

The first national examination, under the newly elected democratic government was administered in November 1996, following a highly decentralized approach.

Life Orientation as Learning Areas
The Life Orientation (LO) comprises of the non-academic skills required in life. It consists of the following parts-
  • World of Work: This part prepares the pupils for the workplace
  • Health Education: This part covers HIV/AIDS talks, sex education, pregnancy, and so on.
  • Physical Education: This part includes involves physical exercise and training
  • Religious Education: This part focuses on religious education.  The schools in South Africa decide which religion to follow. Students are excused from these classes.
  • Citizenship and Responsibility: This part makes students aware about their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

NSC Scoring and Results

The official pass grade is 40%. The mean mark in any subject is around 55. The National Senior Certificate is a group certificate and records an aggregate mark.

Level System-

There are 7 levels, starting from 1 to 7.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)
Pass Mark
The following levels must be met as a minimum requirement to proceed to the next grade.
  • Home Language: Level 3 (minimum 40%)
  • First Additional Language: Level 2 (minimum 30%)
  • Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy: Level 2 (minimum 30%)
  • Life Orientation: Level 3 (minimum 40%)
  • 2 Subjects (Electives): Level 3 (minimum 40%)
  • Remaining Subject (Elective): Level 2 (minimum 30%)
Life Orientation as Learning Area
Life Orientation (LO) has been introduced into the senior high school phase for the first time as an examination subject. LO is a broad-learning subject that covers non-academic skills needed in life.LO is examined, marked and moderated internally and comprises the following sections:
  • World of Work, helping learners find guidance in their choice of career and prepare them for the working world
  • Health Education, this section include sex education, HIV/Aids talks, pregnancy, etc.
  • Physical Education involves physical exercise and training, it is done on a separate basis but eventually forms part of LO mark
  • Religious Education, each South African school decides which religion to adhere to (as according to the South African school’s act), and learners may be exempted from these classes. In practice, this means that learners may be exempted from, for example, the Bible Studies class, but are compelled to attend the Religious Studies class (which deals with all religions as a study).
  • Citizenship and Responsibility, this section teaches learners about their rights and their duties as citizens.
Assessment
There are three types of subjects:
General Subjects
  • An end-of-year examination: 75% of the total mark
  • Portfolio (Continuous Assessment): 25% of the total mark
Practical Subjects
  • An end-of-year examination: 50% of the total mark
  • Portfolio (Continuous Assessment): 25% of the total mark
  • Practical component: 25% of the total mark
Language Subjects
  • An end-of-year examination: 50% of the total mark
  • Portfolio (Continuous Assessment): 25% of the total mark
  • Oral Examination: 25% of the total mark
Continuous Assessment (CASS) includes all the tests, examinations, tasks, activities, orals and projects done throughout the year. Matric results are usually out of 400 marks.

FAQs on Examinations

The National Senior Certificate Examinations

When will the final National Senior Certificate examination be conducted?
From October to December of each year.

Must a learner register to write the final National Senior Certificate examination?

Yes, before 15 March of the year that a learner will sit for the final examination. All subjects to be written, including those from approved assessment bodies must be registered.

Who is eligible to write the National Senior Certificate examination?

  • Current Grade 12 learners
  • Anyone who wants to improve on their previous NSC results and who is still a NSC candidate (i.e. has not had their certificate changed to SC) may register as a part-time candidate for the NSC examinations.

What are the minimum requirements for a candidate to obtain a National Senior Certificate?The minimum requirements are:

  • Achieve 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level and 30% in three other subjects as stipulated in the policy.
  • Provide full evidence in the SBA component in the subjects offered

What is the role of Umalusi?

Umalusi is responsible for the quality assurance of assessment in the Grade 12-year and issues the National Senior Certificate to successful candidates.

Is there a second chance for National Senior Certificate candidates who have failed the final examination?

The supplementary examination in February/March has been phased out and is not available anymore. Candidates can however register for the June NSC examination to improve their results. For further details on who qualifies to register for the June examination, pleaseclick here.

NSC Remarking, rechecking and viewing

Candidates may apply for re-checking or re-marking of examination answer scripts immediately after receiving their results. The closing date for application for a re-check or re-mark is usually 14 days after the release of the results and it is also indicated on the reverse side of the Statement of results. Application forms for re-checking or re-marking of examination answer scripts are available from schools/examination centres or education district offices. Read more…

Withheld examination results

Candidates’ results are normally withheld due to irregularities, but those candidates whose results have been blocked or withheld have the right to appeal. When a candidate is informed that the results are withheld, they can do the following:

  • Enquire, preferably in writing, and request the reasons for the withholding of the results. Candidates may also contact the district office or their school for assistance
  • You can visit the nearest office of the Department of Education in your area to enquire about your results or make any other examination-related enquiries you may have.
The Senior Certificate(as amended) as an option to consider

A new policy for the Senior Certificate(as amended) for adults and out-of-school learners was published in August 2014. This policy allows adults, who are 21 years and older to write the Senior Certificate examination, which will be based on the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS), the curriculum that is currently being offered in schools. Read more…

Higher Education Institution requirements and support

What are the minimum requirements for further studies relating to Higher Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor Studies?

  • Higher Certificate. The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, the Quality Assurance Council. Institutional and programme needs may require additional combinations or recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.
  • Diploma. The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, the Quality Assurance Council, coupled with an achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40% – 49%) or better in four (4) recognised 20-credit subjects. Institution and programme needs may require additional combinations of recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.
  • Bachelor’s Degree The minimum admission requirement is a National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 30% in the language of learning and teaching of the higher education institution as certified by Umalusi, the Quality Assurance Council, coupled with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50% – 59%) or better in four (4) recognised 20-credit subjects. Institution and programme needs may require additional combinations of recognised NSC subjects and levels of achievement.

NSC CONTACT DETAILS

National Office
Address: 222 Struben Street, Pretoria
Call Centre: 0800 202 933 | [email protected]
Switchboard: 012 357 3000

Certification
[email protected]
012 357 4511/3

Government Departments
Provincial Departments of Education
Government Services

 

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