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Registration For The 2022 Senior Certificate Examinations Is Now Open And Closes On 31 January 2022 – DBE

ADULTS who qualify to write the 2022 Senior Certificate examinations can now register for the examination to be written in May/June 2022.

All Senior Certificate subjects that were passed prior to June 2015, at Higher Grade and Standard Grade levels, excluding Lower Grade conversions, will be recognized.

The Senior Certificate 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.

See the Notice issued by the Minister of Higher Education and Training below:

Admission to the Senior Certificate Examination 

The following learners will qualify for admission to the Senior Certificate:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Adult candidates who are 21 years and older with an incomplete NSC may choose to complete the NSC, or convert to the Senior Certificate.  Should the candidate choose to convert to the Senior Certificate, they may not revert to the NSC and attempt to complete the NSC qualification.
  • Adult candidates who have already obtained a qualification but wish to improve their results/status.

Subjects to be offered

Table A: Official languages at Home and First Additional level

Afrikaans Home language13300019
Afrikaans First Additional Language13310029
English Home Language13300039
English First Additional Language13310049
IsiNdebele Home Language13300059
IsiNdebele First Additional Language13310069
IsiXhosa Home Language13300079
IsiXhosa First Additional Language13310090
IsiZulu Home Language13300099
IsiZulu First Additional Language13310109
Sepedi Home Language13300119
Sepedi First Additional Language13310129
Sesotho Home Language13300139
Sesotho First Additional Language13310149
Setswana Home Language13300159
Setswana First Additional Language13310169
SiSwati Home Language13300179
SiSwati First Additional Language13310189
Tshivenda Home Language13300199
Tshivenda First Additional Language13310209
Xitsonga Home Language13300219
Xitsonga First Additional Language13310229

Table B2: Business, Commerce and Management Studies

Business Studies12320259
Religion Studies16320299

Table B4: Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences

Computer Applications Technology19320309
Information Technology19320319
Life Sciences19320329
Mathematical Literacy19320339
Physical Sciences19320359

The Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements for the above-listed Senior Certificate subjects are available here.

Subjects to be recognized

Senior Certificate subjects credits that were passed prior to June 2015, at Higher Grade and Standard Grade levels, excluding Lower Grade conversions, will be recognized.

With the exception of Business English N3, Second Language, and/or Sakeafrikaans N3, Second Language, no N3 subjects will be recognised.

In the case of learners, who have attempted the National Senior Certificate examination, but were unable to complete all the subject requirements, such candidates will have all their previous credits recognised.


Candidates that qualify to write the Senior Certificate examination will write the examination in May/June 2021. Candidates writing the Senior Certificate will be exempt from School Based Assessment, and this implies that the examination in the subject will constitute 100% of the final mark.

Examinations will be administered at designated examination centres determined by the Provincial Education Department. The examination may also be offered by the independent assessment bodies accredited by Umalusi.

Promotion requirements 

A Senior Certificate will be achieved by an adult candidate who satisfies the following requirements in these examinations:

  1. Pass three subjects at 40%, one of which must be an official language at Home Language level.
  2. Pass two subjects at 30%, one of which must be an official language at First Additional or Home Language level.
  3. Obtain a subminimum of 20% in the sixth subject.

Registration for the 2021 Senior Certificate Examination

Registration for the 2021 exams may be done online or at any education district office. Both online registration and manual registration will close on 26 March 2021.

Preparation for the Senior Certificate Examination

Learners that intend to write the Senior Certificate examination must commence with preparations for the examinations immediately, given that the curriculum is a year programme. Learners may obtain the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for the relevant subject from the DBE website or the nearest provincial education office. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has made available an Examination Guideline, which provides a framework on the structure and format of the examination.

Exemplar question papers based on CAPS are also available on the DBE website.

Registration for the 2022 Senior Certificate examinations is now open and closes on 31 January 2022!

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