The removal of the designated list of subjects (via a government gazette notice on 2 March 2018) has some major implications. A learner may now be admitted to degree studies, provided that the learner:
• passes ANY 4 subjects from the recognised 20-credit subject list at 50% or more. (The only NSC subject that does not have 20-credits is Life Orientation.)
• passes one official language at Home Language at 40% or more.
• passes 2 subjects at a minimum of 30%.
• meets the language requirement for entry to further study.
One of the two official languages offered by the learner must be either English or Afrikaans. To meet the language criterion to qualify for entry to study at a tertiary institution, the learner must pass either English or Afrikaans at the First Additional level, i.e. at 30% or more.
A learner who offers 2 official languages at Home Language, one of which is English or Afrikaans, and the other one of the other official languages, e.g. Zulu, and obtains between 30% and 39% in English or Afrikaans and passes the other language at 40% or more, qualifies for entry to further study at a tertiary institution.
This policy is applicable to the current Grade 12 learners that will write the NSC during the October/November examination session and also impacts strongly on the subject choices of current Grade 9 learners who will enter the FET phase in 2019.