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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.


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?

A supplementary examination may be granted under to an unsuccessful National Senior Certificate candidate if the candidate has:

a)     failed a maximum of two subjects;

b)    is medically unfit;

c)     did not satisfy Higher Education admission requirements; or

d)    has personal problems such as a death in the immediate family.

Will Higher Education accept the National Senior Certificate?

Higher Education South Africa (HESA) makes provision for three different qualifications for which a learner with a National Senior Certificate. These are the Higher Certificate; Diplomas and Bachelor’s Degrees.


Higher Certificate

For admission to a Higher Certificate, a candidate must obtain a National Senior Certificate, that is

a pass of 40% in three subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level, and

a pass of 30% in three subjects.



The minimum entrance requirements for Diploma study is a National Senior Certificate with an

achievement rating of 3 (Moderate Achievement, 40-49%) or better in four recognised National

Senior Certificate subjects.


Bachelor’s Degree

To meet the minimum admission requirements to a Bachelor’s Degree study at a higher education institution, a candidate must obtain, apart from a National Senior Certificate, an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement, 50% - 59%) or better in four designated subjects.


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