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Did you fail Matric? Don’t worry you can still study at a variety of colleges that don’t require Matric, like Skills Academy. You can sign up for a course that interests you the most. You can also choose to study part time or at home through distance learning. Here is a list of distance learning courses  you can study without Matric:

How can I study without a Matric Certificate?

Some individuals think that without a Matric Certificate you can not study further, or get a decent job. Well they are wrong. This is easy to see when you look at the long list of no-matric courses you can complete.

Academically Matric is a certification on NQF level 4. And there are many courses you can study that are also certified on NQF level 4. They won’t offer you a Matric Certificate, but they will provide you a recognized, acknowledged alternative qualifications. These are mostly matric equivalent courses. And you can utilize them to study up to NQF level 6 (National Diploma level).

The entry requirements to these type of qualifications are that you must be older than 16 and must have completed your Grade 10. You need to also be able to read and write in English.

Much of these alternative courses of study are targeted at a career or a job, than Matric. Matric does not prepare you for any particular job. It is actually an entry to further studies.

At Skills Academy, we provide career-focused training via distance learning for people who have actually not finished their Matric. And for people who completed Matric, but can not get entry into a university or college


Matric College offers its students the opportunity to study from anywhere in South Africa, via distance learning making it possible for you to earn while you learn. Matric College was born of the belief that every person deserves the opportunity to achieve their Matric, no matter what their age. Matric College also offers various courses, both Accredited and Non-Accredited, to help students achieve their goals.

Matric Courses

No Matric? No problem! You can apply to do your Online Matric via distance learning at Matric College. The Matric Courses on offer are:

ICB Courses

If you are looking to further your studies in the financial or business management field, the ICB courses are just what you are looking for. There are 3 study programmes offered to Matric College students and they are:

  • Financial Accounting

    • National Certificate in Junior Bookkeeping

    • FET Certificate in Senior Bookkeeping

    • National Diploma in Technical Financial Accounting

    • National Diploma in Certified Financial Accounting

  • Business Management

    • Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate

    • Business Management Office Administration: ICB Higher Certificate

    • Business Management Financial Accounting: ICB National Diploma

  • Office Administration

    • National Certificate in Small Business Financial Management

    • Higher Certificate in Office Administration

    • National Diploma in Financial Accounting

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How can I study without Mathematics?

When you start a course at NQF level 3 (one year lower than the Matric academic level), you don’t need 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 need Matric mathematics to start one of these courses.

Here is a list of accredited distance learning colleges where you can study without Matric:

At Skills Academy  you can study the following courses without Matric:

At Learning Group you can study the following courses without Matric:TLG Logos

  • Wedding Planner Courses
  • Beauty Therapy Courses
  • Digital Photography Courses
  • ICB Bookkeeping, Accounting, Office Admin Courses
  • Interior Decor and Design Courses

At Matric College you can study the following courses without Matric:

Matric College

At TWP Academy you can study the following courses without Matric:transparent-logo-red

  • Occupational Health and Safety Programmes
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping Programmes
  • Office Administration Programmes
  • ICB Accredited Programmes
  • Business Management Programmes
  • Public Sector Accounting Programmes
  • Entrepreneurship Programmesthe-decor-school

At The Decor School you can study the following courses without Matric:

  • Interior Decorating and Design Courses

Job-related Studies

When you start trying to find a job you will get to understand what employers are trying to find in the real world. Your life experience, real work experience, and qualification and abilities that you can right away use in your job, are important.

You’ll find that career-related studies are often more valuable to an employer than a theoretical certification. The career-related courses are more concentrated on real business problems and the best ways to solve them.

Professional Institutes

With Professional Institutes like the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), you can achieve high level, and highly identified qualifications. These qualifications make you employable and can get you promoted if you are currently in a job.

These professional institutes have actually made sure that their qualifications are fully recognized. And they have in their turn certified educational organizations to provide their courses. In the world of work these qualifications can indicate more than a degree.

Personal Education

South Africa has lots of personal academic organisations. Some using Higher Education (degrees) and some offering qualifications in the FET or TVET band. Paradoxically personal education as soon as you leave school tend to be less expensive than going to a university.

And you can study full-time, part-time or by means of distance learning.

Personal education has to provide you excellent service since they are not subsidised and they want your company.

Distance Learning

For working grownups who must work and study at the same time, distance learning is a viable choice. It is likewise becoming a solution for students who wish to study full-time, but who were refused entry at full-time educational organizations.

Scarce Skills

Scarce Skills are professions where we have a shortage of skilled individuals.

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

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

What do you need to study a scarce skill course?

You can start an ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) accreditation at below-Matric level. So entry to the course is easy. The ICB uses a series of Bookkeeping, Accounting, Office Administration, Business Studies and Entrepreneurship qualifications.

These accreditations are recognized by FASSET. And in South Africa you will find that a lot of huge business recognise ICB qualifications. Matric College— Accredited by FASSET, QCTO, ICB, is a distance learning institution where students can up-skill themselves towards a brighter future. You can start your NATED course with a Matric certificate. Specific NATED courses can be started with a Matric Equivalent Certificate. Study Matric Online and you will be able to further your studies where colleges/universities require Matric. The NATED courses offered at Matric College are:

  • Business Management Courses  (Matric or Equivalent Certificate)
  • Educare Courses (Only a Matric Certificate)
  • Financial Management Courses (Matric or Equivalent Certificate)
  • Human Resource Management Courses (Matric or Equivalent Certificate)
  • Legal Secretary Courses (Only a Matric Certificate)
  • Management Assistant Courses (Matric or Equivalent Certificate)
  • Marketing Management Courses (Matric or Equivalent Certificate)

The ICB qualifications are offered by home study colleges and academies. This makes it accessible to full-time students, in addition to working adults who have to study while they also have a full-time occupation in the daytime.

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Last updated: 11 January 2022

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