Matric Points for University Entrance

Getting ready to start applying for college? Find out how your Matric Points for University are calculated and what this means for your future. Reach your study goals today!

You’ve studied hard, aced your exams and now the process of applying for college starts. Getting entrance to higher education can be tricky. Some institutions are very picky with the students they accept. Your marks will have a great influence on this. Find out how your Matric Points for University Entrance are calculated and what you can do to improve your chances of admission right here. 

What is an Admission Point Score?

An Admission Point Score (APS) is the score universities and olleges use to determine whether or not your college application will be approved. APS is calculated using your Matric Results. Universities use your APS score to determine whether you can study within a specific field. For example, your APS score may sometimes allow you to study a BA degree, but perhaps decline your admission into a Science programme. It is also important to remember that these scores will vary from place to pace. 

What Subjects Count for APS?

Your score will be based on your achievement in any six recognised National Senior Certificate subjects. This includes subjects such as CAT, Tourism and Hospitality. Life Orientation is not used in calculating your APS as it is a 10-credit subject. 

Subjects that count for APS are listed below: 

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Languages
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Science
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts

How are Your Matric Points Calculated?

Once you have completed your matric exams, you’ll receive your results. These results are given in the form of symbols or percentages. Each matric final mark gives you a point, depending on the percentage you received. Use the table below to calculate your Matric Points for University Entrance. 

Matric Subject Symbol/Received in the Matric Exam

APS (Admission Score Point) 

A (80%-100%)

7

B (70-79%)

6

C (60-69%)

5

D (50%-59%)

4

E (40%-49%)

3

F (30%-39%)

2

G (0%-29%)

1

Tally up your points and you’ll get your APS score. Other than your APS score, you must also meet the basic requirements for each particular subject. Depending on your score, you can get admission to the following:

Higher Certificate: 15 Points 

Diploma: 18 Points 

Bachelor Degree: 21 Points (this may vary)

Matric Symbols and What you can Study With Them 

Your matric pass symbol is also important for university admission. Certain matric symbols will allow you entry to specific programmes. If you have specific study goals, make sure to study hard and prepare for your finals well in advance!

Higher Certificate Pass

A higher certificate pass will give you entry to a College or Certificate Course. To gain a higher certificate you need to:

  • Meet the requirements for a National Senior Certificate. 
  • You will need to have obtained 30% for the language of learning for the institution. 

Diploma Pass

This will get you into a Technikon or diploma course. To gain access to a diploma course you need to:

  • Meet the minimum requirements for a National Senior Certificate. 
  • At least 40% in four subjects. 

Bachelor’s Pass

A Bachelor’s Pass will give you entry into any University or degree course. 

  • Meet the basic requirements for a National Senior Certificate. 
  • At least 50% for four subjects. 
Two students reading through their homework. Studying hard and doing well in your subjects is an easy way to improve your Matric Points for University.

My Matric Points Won’t Give me Entry to University – What’s Next? 

If you have a feeling your Matric Points for University Entrance won’t get you admission, there are still a few things you can do to ensure you study further. You can still reach your study goals. Below are some options that might help. 

Remark – If you’re unhappy with your results, you can always have your papers remarked. You can register for this option at your school or local district office. 

Recheck – A recheck costs R27.00 per script. Examiners will go back to your scripts, calculate your scores and see if they missed anything. 

Rewrite – You can apply for supplementary exams within a year of your final matric exams. There are a few requirements attached to this. So have a look on the Department of Education’s website to see if you qualify. 

Matric Upgrade- We offer matric upgrades to anyone 21 years or older. If you are unhappy with your results and want to improve them, this is your best bet. 

Study Without Matric 

It is possible to study without matric. Here, at Skills Academy, we want to give everyone the opportunity to study further. Because of this we offer courses you can complete without matric. This is one of the ways we make learning possible for all. 

Open Access Courses

Our provider programmes are open access. This simply means that the entry requirements are not as strict as other course options. To enrol all you need is an understanding of English. Your coursework will be presented in this language. 

These are just a few of the courses we have to offer. Have a look at our diverse range and find an option that suits you best. 

Accredited Courses

For students who wanted to go to university, but are unable to, an accredited course is a great way to build on your education. They’re highly credible and hold a lot of value in the working world. 

The entry requirements for these courses will differ from our provider programs. Make sure you meet the requirements so we can get the ball rolling on your future. Let’s start laying the foundation for your dreams. 

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