List of College Courses you can Study Without Matric or Grade 12

Studying without grade 12 does not have to be an issue. Skills Academy has made sure that you get to have an education even without grade 12!

How can you study without Grade 12? There are study options for students without Matric. You can do many different accredited courses to help you with your chosen career path. Take a deep breath – you’ve got this. Find out more about how you can study without having Matric.

List Of College Courses You can Study Without Matric or Grade 12


Study a Course That Does not Need Grade 12


There is a wide selection of courses to study without Matric. If you are over the age of 16 and can read and write in English, you are halfway through the requirements to study without Matric. Study a career-focused course by holding Grade 10 or  Grade 11.

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What are Career-focused Courses?


These are courses targeted at a job, rather than Matric. A Matric certificate is only an entry requirement to study further. Career courses focus on the skills needed for the career path you choose.

As a result, you will discover that your career-related studies are more valuable to an employer than theory-focused studies. Career-related courses are typically more concentrated on real business problems and the best ways to solve them. Here are some of the career-focused courses that we offer.

Matric Equivalent Qualifications


Matric equivalent qualifications are courses that are properly accredited and equal to a Matric certificate. A Matric certificate is equal to an NQF level 4 (National Qualifications Framework).

Only Umalusi can issue a Matric certificate, but other qualifications offer the same academic NQF level. These qualifications are examined by a different government body, like SETA or by a Professional Body. They will issue your qualification certificate.

Struggling to Find a Decent job Because you did not Pass Grade 12?


The working world is a fierce and competitive one. Don’t panic – you are not the only one. Everyone learns at a different pace. There are other ways for you to advance your career and still get a job. Let’s explore some of those options.

Scarce Skills


scarce skill enhances your possibility of getting a job. There is a shortage of professions in South Africa. This include careers like:

  • Trainee Accountant
  • Debt Collector
  • Finance Manager
  • Management Consultant
  • Business Administrator
  • General Accountant
  • General Clerk
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk

These jobs have been acknowledged by FASSET (the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services), in their Scarce Skills Guide 2015.

Professional Institutes


With professional institutes like the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), you can study accredited qualifications. These qualifications can make you employable and get you promoted if you are currently in a job. They range from Bookkeeping, Accounting, Office Administration, Business Studies and Entrepreneurship qualifications.

Many businesses in South Africa are well aware of the ICB qualifications. Some ICB National Certificates only require Grade 11 as an entry. They are:

Distance Learning


Distance learning is a study method. It gives you the freedom to study and work at the same time. At Skills Academy, we offer tutors to assist you during your studies. We include your study materials in your course fees, and you only pay for the time that you study.

Ready to Study Without Matric? Contact Us Now!


If you would like to see your dreams of studying further come true, enrol with Skills Academy now. Contact us on one of the following methods: 

  • Complete our online registration form 
  • Call us on our toll-free number at 0800 39 0027
  • Message us on Whatsapp at 082 318 8892

Last Updated: May 6, 2020

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