The IEB NSC is quality assured by Umalusi which is the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education.
The IEB NSC is an internationally benchmarked qualification and is equivalent to Cambridge AS level.
The IEB produces consistent, reliable results in the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate:
Average pass rate is between 97% and 98%
Pass with entry to degree study, between 78% and 80%
A study carried out at the University of Cape Town in 2008 noted that:
25% of first degree graduates at UCT in 2007 came from IEB schools
On average over a 3 year period, the throughput rate of learners from IEB schools was 98%
The IEB assesses the following NSC subjects for all IEB and State schools:
All non-official languages i.e. Arabic, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and Mandarin from 2018.
Sports and Exercise Science
IEB Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy option
This option is available to IEB schools only. Its purpose is to retain learners offering Mathematics who may have changed to Mathematical Literacy at the start of their Grade 12 year. We believe that the most common reasons why learners would opt to participate in the project are:
Fear of failing Mathematics and possibly, in the process, failing the NSC.
Fear of getting less than 50% in Mathematics and hence not qualifying for a BD pass.
Fear of not achieving a sufficiently high admission points score (APS) to enter university or their choice of study.
Note: Only one option will appear on the NSC certificate. This option is not available to learners offering Physical Sciences or Accounting because Mathematics is a compulsory subject offering.