What can you do with Grade 9 in South Africa?
You have two options. Your first option is studying and your second option is working.
What qualification can you study after Grade 9?
While universities require a bachelor’s pass at matric level, TVET colleges accept students who’ve passed Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Some colleges offer up to 300 different courses. These include the National Certificate (Vocational), NATED / Report 191, NQF Full Time, and Learnerships.
This means learners with a formal grade 9 certificate can choose to complete their matric through a traditional academic or technical school, or they can enroll in a TVET college to learn a technical skill or get occupational workplace-based learning
Can I complete my matric if I dropped out of school after gr 9?
Yes, you can do your Matric with a Grade 9 certificate. Grade 9 is one of the entry requirements for Matric College. However, you have to be 21 or older, to do the Adult Matric Programme. You can apply at the age of 19, but you must be 21 when you write the adult exams.
If you do not already possess a grade 9 certificate, many organisations that offer adult matric will require you to take ABET classes to write the grade 9 exams before studying further for your matric. The matric exams typically include material from grades 10 to 12. That is why it is important to leave yourself enough time to study 3 years of work before writing the matric exam.
The Senior Certificate (as amended) now 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.
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 and whose School-Based Assessment (SBA) validity has expired.
- 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.