What courses can I study without a Matric certificate?

Don’t have Matric? All is not lost! Here is a list of courses you can study without a Matric Certificate. Some people might have told you that your career and study options are limited without Matric, but they couldn’t have been more wrong.


Which Courses can I Study Without a Matric Certificate?


More Study Options That do not Require you to Have a Matric Certificate

Have a look at your wide range of study options below.  


Professional Institutes 

Professional institutes are educational providers who are experts working within their field. For example, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is an educational provider run by actual management accountants.

without grade 12 certificate list of courses you can study

When you register with a professional institute, you become a member. Many professional institutes, such as CIMA, give members access to knowledge, resources, and networks which greatly improve your skills. 

With Professional Institutes like the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) and CIMA, you can achieve high-level qualifications which companies recognise and respect. These qualifications better your chances of finding work and can help get you promoted if you are working at the moment.


These professional institutes have made sure that their qualifications are fully recognized and accredited. In turn, they have certified other educational organizations to provide their courses.

Distance Learning

Distance learning basically means studying from a distance, meaning you do not have to travel and attend any classes in person. You get your study material through the post or delivered through a courier.

This study option is great for adults who have to, or want to earn an income while studying, have commitments like taking care of family, or simply want the freedom that distance learning gives them.

Distance learning is also becoming an option for people who were not accepted into full-time universities and colleges.


Scarce Skills

Scarce Skills are skills within careers in which there are not enough qualified professionals.

This includes careers like Trainee Accountant, Debt Collector, Finance Manager, Management Consultant, Business Administrator, General Accountant, General Clerk, Accounts Clerk and Payroll Clerk.


What Certifications can you Study to Gain Scarce Skills? 

You can start with ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) accreditation at below-matric level. This makes for easy entry into the course.

The ICB uses a series of Bookkeeping, Accounting, Office Administration, Business Studies and Entrepreneurship qualifications. These accreditations are all recognised by the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET). The ICB qualifications are provided through home study colleges and academies.


How can I Study Without Grade 12?

Matric is a level 4 certification on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The NQF is a system used to grade all recognised qualifications in South Africa. There are many courses you can study that are also certified on NQF level 4. You can use them to study up to NQF level 6 (National Diploma level).

The entry requirement to these type of qualifications are that you should be older than 16, have a grade 10 certificate, and be able to read and write in English.

Much of these courses of study are much better targeted at a career or job, than matric. Matric does not prepare you for any specific job. It is actually just a way to gain entry into college and university programs.

At Skills Academy, we offer career-focused training for students who have not completed their matric.


How can I Study Without Mathematics? 

When you start a course at NQF level 3 (one year lower than the matric academic level) then you don’t require mathematics to get entry to the course. If the course includes maths, then it begins at a Grade 10 or Grade 11 level.

So, you do not require matric mathematics to start one of these courses.


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