You will need to pass 7 subjects to qualify for an NSC
- 4 compulsory subjects
- 3 subjects chosen from a list of 29 subjects approved by the Department of Education
The 4 compulsory subjects are:
- First Language
- Second Language
- Mathematics or Maths Literacy
- Life Orientation
Entrance to University
If you want to go to University after you finished school, you will need to achieve at least a NSC with an achievement rating of 4 or better in at least four subjects chosen from the designated 20 credit NSC subjects listed below:
Accounting, Agricultural Sciences, Business Studies, Dramatic Arts, Economics, Engineering Graphics and Design, Geography, History, Consumer Studies, Information Technology, Languages (refer to institution websites for their language entry requirements), Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion studies and Visual Arts.
Entrance to Universities of Technology
If you want to attend a University of Technology you will need to achieve at least a NSC with in four of the designated NSC 20-credit an achievement rating of three or better subjects listed below:
Accounting, Agricultural Management Practices, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural technology, Business Studies, Civil Technology, Computer Applications Technology, Consumer Studies, Dance Studies, Dramatic Arts, Economics, Electrical Technology, Engineering Graphics and Design, Geography, History, Hospitality Studies, Information Technology, Languages (refer to institution websites for their language requirements), Life Sciences, Mechanical Technology, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Music, Physical Sciences, Religion studies, Tourism and Visual Arts.
Many courses have their own additional subject requirements, so it is important to check the admission requirements for the education institutions you would like to attend.
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)
‘Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.’ – Lou Holtz (American Football coach, 1937-1980)