Adult Matric

Students who did not have the opportunity to finish their matric year can get their matric certificate by completing an Adult Matric course. You can apply for an Amended Senior Certificate regardless of how long you have been out of school.

Amended Senior Certificate: Adult Matric

What Are The Entry Requirements For Adult Matric?

You will need to meet the following criteria to qualify for an Adult Matric course:

  • Have an incomplete matric result
  • You need to have a grade 9 or equivalent certificate
  • You must be at least 21 years old to write your final examinations

You can start the Adult Matric course when you are 19 years old if you plan to complete it within three years. As long as you are 21 years old by the time of your examinations, it does not matter if you start your course a little early.

Traditional Matric vs Adult Matric

When comparing the Traditional Matric certificate to the Adult Matric certificate, they are identical. Both certificates are on an NQF level 4 and both are awarded by Umalusi

Whilst Traditional Matric (school matric) must be completed during High School with examinations written within the institution itself, Adult Matric can be completed via Distance Learning. This means that you can complete these studies from home and only write your exams at a DHET exam venue.

Traditional Matric must also be completed in one year after finishing grade 10 and grade 11. With Adult Matric, you can choose to complete the contents of grade 10 to matric within 12, 24, or 36 months, whichever works best for you.

You will also have no physical classes and can complete your studies whenever you have the time.

The Adult Matric Course Contents

During an Adult Matric course, the content consists of work from grade 10 to grade 12, also known as the Further Education and Training phase of high school.

This means that the Matric Course consists of three years’ worth of studies. The course can thus be completed within 36 months, but 12 to 24 months is the recommended amount of time to set out for these studies.

Adult Matric Subjects

Bellview Institute of Distance Learning offers the following Adult Matric subjects:

  • Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy
  • English Home Language or Afrikaans Huistaal
  • English First Additional Language or Afrikaans First Additional Language
  • Human and Social Science
  • Economics
  • Physical Science
  • Business, Commerce and Management Studies
  • Life Science
  • Accounting
  • History
  • Business Studies
  • Geography

You can choose from a wide variety of subjects when doing an Adult Matric course. If you chose a list of subjects during your school years, they do not have an impact on your Adult Matric course choices. You can choose whichever subjects you like for Adult Matric.

You have the option to choose subjects that fit your future career path better or choose subjects that are easier for you to pass so that you can ensure achieving great results when you write your exam.

Adult Matric Studies At Bellview Institute of Distance Learning

  • Amended Senior Certificate: Adult Matric

You can choose to start your Adult Matric journey with the Bellview Institute of Distance Learning. This institution ensures that you have thorough support throughout your studies and ensures that you get accurate assistance whenever you need it.

Once you have completed your matric you could go on to study an accredited Business Management Course, Financial Management Course, Human Resource Management Course, or any other Management Course with Bellview, these courses are also done online through distance learning. You can also have a look at the other accredited courses that Bellview has to offer.

Bellview’s Adult Matric Subjects

There is a wide variety of subjects to choose from for your Adult Matric course when studying with Bellview.

Subjects That Are Compulsory

Compulsory subjects for Adult Matric include a Mathematics option, a Home Language, and a First Additional Language. Bellview has the following selection of compulsory subjects:

Subjects That Are Additional

Along with the three compulsory subjects, you will need to choose three or four additional subjects for your course. Here are the Additional subjects offered at Bellview:

Bellview Institute of Distance Learning: Accreditation Details

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) offers the Adult Matric (Amended Senior) Certificate. For Adult Matric, there is no accreditation process.

After writing your matric exam, your paper will be sent to the DBE where it will be marked. Your certificate will then be made and accredited by Umalusi.

It has been a requirement for the accreditation of TVET and FET Private Colleges to register with the Department of Higher Education from August 2016 to February 2020. The Joint Communique 1 of 2016 communicated this requirement which was a reversal of the 2012 opposite position.

The Director-General of Higher Education, Mr. GF Qonde, published that the requirement from the Joint Communique 1 of 2016 was revoked in Communique 01 of 2020. This was published in the Government Gazette on 7 February 2020.                     

Point 4.1 as stated in the Government Gazette on 7 February 2020, explains that Private Colleges “are no longer required to lodge applications for registration with (the) Department (of Higher Education) as private colleges or private higher education institutions as contemplated in the Joint Comuniqué 1 of 2016.” 

Since the accreditation process does not exist anymore, Private colleges can no longer apply to register with the DHET.

The colleges that have been accredited by the DHET while the process was still valid, now retain this accreditation until it reaches its normal expiry date (typically for three to five years after the issued accreditation). The accreditation will then expire and be unable to be renewed.

The Government Gazette of 7 February 2020 now states that the correct accreditation process is for private colleges to obtain QCTO accreditation. They will then be able to apply to receive a DHET Exam Number from their Exams Division.

To get this exam number, the college must pass the DHET Exams Division Registration requirements and receive a site visit from the DHET Exams Division. Once the college passes and meets the requirements, it will be issued with a confirmation letter for its exam number and official accreditation.

Following the latest accreditation requirements, Bellview Institute of Distance Learning is:

What Are The Benefits Of Studying For Your Matric At Bellview Institute Of Distance Learning?

Studying with Bellview has many benefits, not only because you can study through Distance Learning but added the benefits that are unique to the institution.

No Contact Learning

With no physical classes, you can study from any place you want to. You will also not be required to pay extra traveling expenses. 

This makes Distance Learning cheaper in general when compared to contact learning.

Freedom Of Creating Your Own Schedule

With Distance Learning, you have the freedom to create your own schedule. As long as you are ready by the time of your examinations, your studies are up to you.

This means that you can study whenever you have the time, creating enough flexibility for you to work while you study. You will be able to receive an income, gain work experience, and improve your skills.

Bellview Prioritises Results

There is no need to wait for assignment results with Bellview. They make sure that you receive your assignment marks and helpful feedback within 48 hours of your submission.

Bellview Handles Your Course Material


After you have registered for your course, Bellview takes care of your study materials.

They will make sure that you get all of your necessary study materials delivered right to your doorstep within 5 to 7 working days. Note that if you live outside of the major cities, the delivery period may vary somewhat.

Ongoing Support Offered By Bellview


Bellview makes sure that their students receive as much support as possible throughout the durations of their studies.

Course specialists are ready to help you with choosing the right course for you and their trained staff assist you with any queries within 24 hours. 

You will also gain access to study groups on the Together We Pass platform. This platform allows students to interact with each other during their studies as an extra form of support.

Free Matric Past Exam Papers


You can also boost your Adult Matric studies by downloading free past exam papers for the matric subjects. This will give you a good indication of what you should focus on as well as the usual formatting of the questions.

Registration And Application


Bellview offers year-round registration. There is no rush to choose a course immediately, you can do your research, speak to one of Bellview’s course specialists and wait until you are ready to sign up for a course.

If you are looking to apply for one of Bellview’s courses, you can speak directly to one of their course specialists, call their landline (0800 39 00 27) or simply fill in the online application form.

Author: Karla Nortier
Editor: Megan Dreyer
Date Published: November 17, 2021

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