Admission to the Senior Certificate examinations For 2022

Admission to the Senior Certificate examinations For 2022;- The last Senior Certificate examination based on the policy document, A Resume of instructional programmes in schools (Report 550), which allowed learners with incomplete Senior Certificate credits, as well as adult learners of 21 years and older, was conducted in June 2014.

However, based on the need for a qualification for adults that is equivalent to the current National Senior Certificate (NSC), the Minister of Basic Education has approved the revision of the current Senior Certificate qualification such that it can be offered by learners who will have no alternative route to follow post June 2014. The Senior Certificate, retains its qualification structure but will utilize the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) subjects to support the qualification.

This implies that the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) subjects will be offered as part of the Senior Certificate. The first examination based on the Senior Certificate (as amended) was written in June/July 2015. All Senior Certificate subjects that were passed prior to June 2015, at Higher Grade and Standard Grade levels, excluding Lower Grade conversions, will be recognized.

Admission to the Senior Certificate examinations For 2022

The Senior Certificate also allows candidates to obtain University endorsement. As in the case of the NSC exam, they can also qualify for admission to Bachelor, Diploma or Higher Certificate programmes at Higher Education institutions. See the Notice issued by the Minister of Higher Education and Training.

Admission to the Senior Certificate

The following learners will qualify for admission to the Senior Certificate:

  • Adult learners who are 21 years and older who have:
    • a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC); or
    • a Grade 9 school report (or the old standard seven). stating that they have passed Grade 9 or Standard 7; or
    • a recognised equivalent qualification obtained at NQF Level which requires two official languages.
  • Adult learners who are 21 years and older with an incomplete Senior Certificate qualification.
  • Adult learners who are 21 years and older with an incomplete National Senior Certificate
  • Only in exceptional cases, out of school youth, who are 18-21 years old and who could not complete their school education due to circumstances beyond their control, as verified by the Head of Department in the Provincial Education Department.
  • Adult candidates who are 21 years and older with an incomplete NSC may choose to complete the NSC, or convert to the Senior Certificate.  Should the candidate choose to convert to the Senior Certificate, they may not revert to the NSC and attempt to complete the NSC qualification.
  • Adult candidates who have already obtained a qualification but wish to improve their results/status.

Subjects to be offered

The subjects listed below which are part of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement of the National Senior Certificate, will be offered as part of the amended Senior Certificate. The subjects will in essence be the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements of the National Senior Certificate, excluding the School-Based Assessment (SBA) component.

Each candidate must offer six subjects in order to qualify for the Senior Certificate (as amended). Adults who have approved Senior Certificate subject credits, but do not comply with the required six-subject package, must select the remaining required subjects from the following list of 34 adapted National Senior Certificate subjects:

Table A: Official languages at Home and First Additional level

Afrikaans Home language 13300019
Afrikaans First Additional Language 13310029
English Home Language 13300039
English First Additional Language 13310049
IsiNdebele Home Language 13300059
IsiNdebele First Additional Language 13310069
IsiXhosa Home Language 13300079
IsiXhosa First Additional Language 13310090
IsiZulu Home Language 13300099
IsiZulu First Additional Language 13310109
Sepedi Home Language 13300119
Sepedi First Additional Language 13310129
Sesotho Home Language 13300139
Sesotho First Additional Language 13310149
Setswana Home Language 13300159
Setswana First Additional Language 13310169
SiSwati Home Language 13300179
SiSwati First Additional Language 13310189
Tshivenda Home Language 13300199
Tshivenda First Additional Language 13310209
Xitsonga Home Language 13300219
Xitsonga First Additional Language 13310229

Table B1: Agriculture



Agricultural Sciences


Table B2: Business, Commerce and Management Studies

Accounting 12320249
Business Studies 12320259
Economics 12320269

Table B3: Human and Social Studies

Geography 16320279
History 16320289
Religion Studies 16320299

Table B4: Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences

Computer Applications Technology 19320309
Information Technology 19320319
Life Sciences 19320329
Mathematical Literacy 19320339
Mathematics 19320349
Physical Sciences 19320359

The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements for the above-listed Senior Certificate subjects are available here.

Subjects to be recognized

Senior Certificate subjects credits that were passed prior to June 2015, at Higher Grade and Standard Grade levels, excluding Lower Grade conversions, will be recognized.

With the exception of Business English N3, Second Language, and/or Sakeafrikaans N3, Second Language, no N3 subjects will be recognised.

In the case of learners, who have attempted the National Senior Certificate examination, but were unable to complete all the subject requirements, such candidates will have all their previous credits recognised.


Candidates that qualify to write the Senior Certificate examination will write the examination in May/June 2021. Candidates writing the Senior Certificate will be exempt from School Based Assessment, and this implies that the examination in the subject will constitute 100% of the final mark.

Examinations will be administered at designated examination centres determined by the Provincial Education Department. The examination may also be offered by the independent assessment bodies accredited by Umalusi.

Promotion requirements 

A Senior Certificate will be achieved by an adult candidate who satisfies the following requirements in these examinations:

  1. Pass three subjects at 40%, one of which must be an official language at Home Language level.
  2. Pass two subjects at 30%, one of which must be an official language at First Additional or Home Language level.
  3. Obtain a subminimum of 20% in the sixth subject.

Registration for the 2021 Senior Certificate Examination

Registration for the 2021 exams may be done online or at any education district office. Both online registration and manual registration will close on 26 March 2021.

Preparation for the Senior Certificate Examination

Learners that intend to write the Senior Certificate examination must commence with preparations for the examinations immediately, given that the curriculum is a year programme. Learners may obtain the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for the relevant subject from the DBE website or the nearest provincial education office. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has made available an Examination Guideline, which provides a framework on the structure and format of the examination.