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Adults that qualify to write the 2022 National Senior Certificate examination must register for the examination from 01 October 2021 until 31 January 2022. 
Candidates may register at any provincial education office (which includes the provincial head office, the district office or a circuit office
OR register online on

To be registered you will need to submit the following:

Completed registration form
-A certified copy of your ID document or birth certificate or passport (foreign candidates)
-Repeater candidates must attach a copy of their previous highest qualification
-If you have you entered and wrote any other Grade 12 or equivalent examination before you will need to supply the examination numbers for those exams.

The following candidates 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

The subjects listed below which are part of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement of the National Senior Certificate, 
will be offered as part of the amended Senior Certificate. The subjects will in essence be the Curriculum and Assessment 
Policy Statements of the National Senior Certificate, excluding the School-Based Assessment (SBA) component.

Each candidate must offer six subjects in order to qualify for the Senior Certificate (as amended). 
Adults who have approved Senior Certificate subject credits, but do not comply with the required six-subject package,
must select the remaining required subjects from the following list of 34 adapted National Senior Certificate subjects:

Official languages at Home and First Additional level SUBJECT and CODES
Afrikaans Home language
Afrikaans First Additional Language
English Home Language
English First Additional Language
IsiNdebele Home Language
IsiNdebele First Additional Language
IsiXhosa Home Language
IsiXhosa First Additional Language
IsiZulu Home Language
IsiZulu First Additional Language

Sepedi Home Language

Sepedi First Additional Language
Sesotho Home Language
Sesotho First Additional Language
Setswana Home Language
Setswana First Additional Language
SiSwati Home Language
SiSwati First Additional Language
Tshivenda Home Language
Tshivenda First Additional Language
Xitsonga Home Language
Xitsonga First Additional Language

Agriculture SUBJECT and CODES
Agricultural Sciences

Business, Commerce and Management Studies SUBJECT and CODES
Business Studies

Human and Social Studies SUBJECT and CODES
Religion Studies

Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences SUBJECT and CODES
Computer Applications Technology
Information Technology
Life Sciences
Mathematical Literacy
Physical Sciences

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:

Pass three subjects at 40%, one of which must be an official language at Home Language level.
Pass two subjects at 30%, one of which must be an official language at First Additional or Home Language level.
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.


AcaNet Team


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