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  A learner must offer a minimum of seven subjects.

The approved subjects for the NSC Grades 10 – 12 (General) are grouped in two main categories, namely Group A (A1, A2 and A3) and Group B (B1 to B7 and Other Subjects). A learner must select four subjects, i.e. two official languages (at least one at Home Language level), Mathematical Literacy or Mathematics and Life Orientation from Group A and a minimum of any three subjects from Group B. One of the three choice subjects may be selected from the Other Subjects group.

GROUP A

Table A1: Official Languages at Home and First Additional Level
Subject
Afrikaans Home Language; Afrikaans First Additional Language; English Home Language; English First Additional Language; IsiXhosa First Additional Language; IsiZulu Home Language; IsiZulu First Additional Language; Sepedi First Additional Language; Sesotho First Additional Language; Setswana First Additional Language; Siswati Home Language; Siswati First Additional Language

Table A2: Mathematical Sciences
Subject
Mathematical Literacy; Mathematics

Table A3: Human and Social Studies
Subject
Life Orientation

GROUP B

Table B1: Culture and Arts
Subject
Dance Studies; Design; Dramatic Arts; Music; Visual Arts

Table B2: Business, Commerce and Management Studies
Subject
Accounting; Business Studies; Economics

Table B3: Official Languages at Second Additional Level and Non-Official Languages
Subject
Isizulu Second Additional Language; Arabic Second Additional Language; French Second Additional Language; German Home Language; German Second Additional Language; Gujarati Home Language; Gujarati First Additional Language; Hebrew Second Additional Language; Hindi Home Language; Hindi First Additional Language; Italian Second Additional Language; Latin Second Additional Language; Modern Greek Second Additional Language; Portuguese Home Language; Portuguese Second Additional Language; Serbian Home Language; Serbian Second Additional Language; Spanish Second Additional Language; Tamil Home Language; Tamil First Additional Language; Telegu Home Language; Telegu First Additional Language; Urdu Home Language; Urdu First Additional Language

Table B4: Engineering and Technology
Subject
Civil Technology; Electrical Technology; Engineering Graphics and Design; Mechanical Technology

Table B5: Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences
Subject
Agricultural Management Practice; Agricultural Science; Computer Applications Technology; Information Technology; Life Sciences; Physical Sciences

Table B6: Human and Social Studies
Subject
Geography; History; Religion Studies

Table B7: Services
Subject
Consumer Studies; Hospitality Studies; Tourism

Other approved subjects
Subject
Equine Studies; Maritime Economics; Nautical Science; Sports and Exercise Science

Please note: Associated Board of Royal Schools Practical Music; Trinity College of London Practical Music Examination; Unisa Practical Music Examination may only be offered as an 8th subject

Immigrant candidate

An immigrant candidate may offer only one (1) official language on at least First Additional Language level and obtain a rating of 30% in that language, provided that another subject from Group B is offered in lieu of the one official language that is not offered.

Instead of offering another subject from Group B, an immigrant candidate may offer his or her home language in lieu of that one official language, subject to the following:
  • Such language is listed on Home Language level in Table B3.
  • In the absence of the Home Language of the immigrant in Table B3, such a candidate may offer his or her home language on the A level of the General Certificate of Education (GCE) of the United Kingdom, or an examination recognised by the Department of Education as equivalent to Home Language Level for this purpose.

Information regarding the pass requirements for the National Senior Certificate (NSC)

  1. Specific requirements
  2. Specific institutional and programme needs may have specific language requirements or require appropriate combinations of recognised National Senior Certificate subjects and categories of achievement. Learners must check their results against specific institutional and course requirements for the course of study they wish to follow.


  3. Subject combinations
  4. There are specific subject combination rules for the NSC as part of the 7-subject package

    • Mathematics may not be offered with Mathematical Literacy
    • Accounting must be offered with Mathematics (from Grade 10 in 2017)
    • Physical Sciences must be offered with Mathematics (from Grade 10 in 2017)
    • Sports and Exercise Science must be offered with either Life Sciences or Physical Sciences
    • Consumer Studies may not be offered with Hospitality Studies
    • A learner may not offer two languages from any one of the following language groups:
      • IsiXhosa, isiZulu, SiSwati and isiNdebele;
      • Sepedi, Sesotho and Setswana; and
      • the same language as a Home and as a First or Second Additional Language.


  5. Categories of achievement in the NSC

    • Achievement of the NSC
    • A learner must pass:

      • One official language at Home Language level at 40%
      • 2 additional subjects at 40%
      • 3 other subjects at 30%

        Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the achievement of the NSC

      • It is compulsory for a learner to pass an official language at Home Language level, i.e. at 40% or above.
      • The learner may fail any one of the other fundamental subjects (a second official language, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, or Life Orientation) and still pass the examination as a whole, provided a learner SBA file in the subject failed has been completed and all other criteria are met.
      • If the learner offers two official languages, both at Home Language level, and gets 40% or more in one of the languages but less than 40% in the other, the learner will qualify for a pass in Home Language.
      • Learners may fail one subject, except for the official language at Home Language level, and still pass the examination, provided all other criteria are met. The learner must have completed a learner SBA file in the subject failed.

    • Achievement of the NSC with entry to Higher Certificate study
    • A learner must pass:

      • Pass the NSC (see Achievement of the NSC above)
      • Meet the language requirement for further study at a South African institution.

        Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the achievement of the NSC with entry to Higher Certificate

      • Language requirement for entry to further study
        • One of the two official languages offered by the learner must be either English or Afrikaans, being the Languages of Learning and Teaching (LOLT) in higher education institutions.
        • To meet the language criterion to qualify for entry to study at a tertiary education institution, the learner must pass either English or Afrikaans at least at the First Additional level, i.e. at 30% or more.
      • A learner who offers 2 official languages at Home Language level, one of which is English or Afrikaans, and the other, one of the other official languages, e.g. IsiZulu, and obtains between 30% and 39% in English or Afrikaans (i.e. does not pass it at 40% but obtains 30% or above) but passes the other language at 40%, qualifies for entry to further study at a tertiary institution.

    • Achievement of the NSC with entry to Diploma study
    • A learner must pass:

      • Pass one official language at Home Language level at 40%
      • Pass 3 additional subjects at 40% (excluding Life Orientation)
      • Pass 2 other subjects at 30%
      • Meet the language requirement for further study at a South African institution.

      Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the achievement of the NSC with entry to Diploma Study

      • The key difference between achievement with entry to Diploma study rather than with entry to Higher Certificate study is that the learner must achieve 40% or more in a minimum of 4 subjects rather than just 3 subjects.
      • The 4 subjects must include an official language at Home Language level, but should exclude Life Orientation.
      • If the learner offers two official languages, both at Home Language level, and gets 40% or more in one of the languages but less than 40% in the other, the learner will qualify for a pass in Home Language.
      • Learners may fail one subject, except for the official language at Home Language level, and still pass the examination, provided all other criteria are met. The learner must have completed a learner SBA file in the subject failed.

    • Achievement of the NSC with entry to Degree studies
    • A learner must pass:

      • Pass one official language at Home Language level at 40% or more.
      • Pass 4 subjects from the designated list at 50% or more. (See below for the designated list)
      • Pass 2 other subjects at a minimum of 30%
      • Meet the language requirement for entry to further study.

      Responses to Frequently Asked Questions about the achievement of the NSC with entry to Degree Study

      • The list of designated subjects is as follows: Accounting; Agricultural Sciences; Business Studies; Consumer Studies; Dramatic Arts; Economics; Engineering Graphics and Design; Geography; History; Information Technology; Languages (one LOLT at a higher education institution (English, Afrikaans) and two other recognised language subjects); Life Sciences; Mathematical Literacy, Mathematics; Music; Physical Sciences; Religion Studies; Visual Arts
      • Should the Home Language be passed at 50% or more, it will be considered as one of the 4 designated subjects, passed at 50% or more.
      • In respect of Music, it is only the National Senior Certificate Music course that is considered a designated subject.
        Please note: Associated Board of Royal Schools Practical Music; Trinity College of London Practical Music Examination; Unisa Practical Music Examination may only be offered as an 8th subject
      • Non-official languages at the level of Second Additional Language are designated subjects.
      • Non-designated subjects may contribute towards the Admission Points Score (APS) and may be recognised as an institution or faculty specific entry requirement. Learners must check their results against specific institutional requirements.


  6. Condonations

    • A maximum of one subject will be condoned in the event that a candidate requires a maximum of 2%, to obtain a subject pass at either 30% or 40%. This condonation will be applied on condition that the application of the condonation allows the candidate to pass the entire qualification. Such a condonation may only be applied in Grade 12 in awarding the qualification
    • In cases where a condonation was applied to a subject for achieving the NSC and a subsequent examination is written e.g. a supplementary examination, which will result in a NSC with an improved status, the application of the condonation will be revisited. This is because a condonation is awarded in the calculation of the final results, at the point of certification.
    • Hence should a learner have a condonation and wish to participate in the supplementary examination in order to improve the category of achievement, it is advisable to take into account how the results of the supplementary may impact on the award of the condonation. Since a condonation is only applied in the awarding of the qualification, it is not relevant at the point when a candidate considers the subjects to be written in the supplementary examination i.e. the candidate should consider the subject result without the condonation.


  7. Supplementary examination
    • A learner has to qualify to write the supplementary examination. The learner must

    • have missed one or more examination papers legitimately as a result of illness or trauma
    • require a maximum of two subjects to obtain the National Senior Certificate, or to achieve a higher category of achievement or to achieve results as required for entry to further study. The latter must be accompanied by evidence from the relevant institution of the requirements
    • only write subjects which the candidate wrote in the previous end-of-year examination.


  8. Other considerations where further information must be sought from the institution of learning

    • Immigrant candidates must apply for recognition as an immigrant to qualify for immigrant concessions.
    • Learners with barriers to learning may apply for accommodations or exemptions as appropriate to their specific conditions.


  9. Qualifications offered at tertiary institutions
  10. Tertiary institutions will continue to offer tertiary programmes (degrees, diplomas and/or higher certificates) as they have been doing. Universities tend to offer degree programmes, Universities of Technology mainly offer diplomas and some B Tech degrees and National Higher Certificates. Some comprehensive universities and some Universities of Technology offer all three.

    NB: Decisions about admission to a tertiary institution are the prerogative of the institution. The fact that you have achieved the minimum requirements does not necessarily mean that the institution will accept you. Should you be short of one requirement for specific studies, it is possible that an institution will grant you a conditional exemption. You should contact the Admissions Office at the institution you are interested in studying at, who will then advise you of possible options.


  11. Advanced Programme courses
  12. Advanced Programme Mathematics, Advanced Programme English and Advanced Programme Afrikaans are not registered NSC subjects and hence will not be taken into account when determining whether a learner has met the requirements for any of the categories of achievement in the NSC. The IEB will issue a separate statement of results and a separate IEB certificate for these subjects. Go to Advanced Programme courses to read more.

 
     
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