Second Chance Matric Programme

By Victoria N · Jan 16, 2024
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Didn't pass well or didn't pass your matric exams? don't worry, the second chance matric programme offer learners an opportunity to rewrite their exams or improve their results. The programme is run by the Department of Basic Education and provides support to students who want to complete their secondary education.


Second Chance Matric Programme - 2024

To register for the May/June Matric Exams using the Second Chance matric program, you will need to follow these steps:


  1. Check if you qualify

The Second Chance matric program is aimed at those who have failed their matric exams or want to improve their results. To be eligible to write the exams, you must have attempted matric exams before and not achieved a pass in one or more of your subjects. You will also need to have attended classes at a registered institution/school during the academic year.


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.


       2. Decide which subjects to rewrite

You can choose to rewrite one or more of your subjects. It's important to choose the subjects that you think you can improve on. You should also consider the subjects that are required for the career path you want to pursue.

Targeted subjects for the Second Chance Matric Programme:

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • English FAL
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Literacy
  • Physical Sciences
  • Life Sciences


        3. Register at a local education district office or online

To register for the exams, you will need to go to a local education district office or apply online

Click HERE to register online

The following documents are required when applying:

  • Completed registration form (If applying at the district)
  • Your certified ID or birth certificate copy
  • Your certified passport copy, if you are a foreign candidate 
  • Your certified statement of Results/ Grade 12 Certificate
  • School reports (this applies to learners who have passed grade 9, 10, or 11 and are 21 years old or older)
  • Repeater candidates must attach a copy of their previous highest qualification
  • If you have wrote any other Grade 12 or equivalent examination before you will need to supply the examination numbers for those exams.


Once you have registered, you will need to attend classes and study hard to prepare for the exams. The Second Chance matric program provides support to students in the form of classes and study materials. Make sure you attend all classes and use the study materials to help you prepare.

Classes are offered at 50 venues, mostly in rural and semi-rural areas in South Africa. Classes are taught by Grade 12 teachers who have an excellent track record and are FREE

Multimedia broadcasts include:

  • Telematics Broadcasts at selected schools
  • Internet Broadcasting Programme (IBP) at selected schools
  • HD Open View Television Broadcast s – Channel 201 at 36 venues, nationally or privately
  • Dstv Channel 319 , Mindset Television Broadcasts
  • SABC Education Geleza Nathi broadcasts weekdays on SABC 1 from 5am to 6am with repeats at 11pm
  • SABC Education Geleza Nathi YouTube videos


Matric Exams are written in May/June and the results will be released around August. If you pass your exams, you will be awarded the National Senior Certificate OR Senior Certificate



  • Learners are able to meet the requirements of the NSC or SC and obtain a Grade 12 matric certificate
  • Increase learner retention
  • Increase computer skills, job opportunities and career pathing
  • Learners are able to access bursary opportunities for further studies
  • Learners will have a better opportunity of getting into Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Colleges and Universities
  • Learners can qualify for Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) training programmes



For more information contact:

Email: [email protected]

WhatsApp: 063 696 7246 (please note, this WhatsApp number is for admin-related purposes and voice notes will NOT be accepted

WozaMatrics WhatsApp line: 061 505 3023 (use this contact portal for subject-related enquiries)


Take the first step today and grab the opportunity to change your life. The Second Chance Matric Programme is your bridge to a brighter tomorrow.


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