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Bachelors, Diploma and Higher Certificate Pass Requirements Explained

We often get asked to check if learner (Insert your name) will or will not pass with a bachelorsdiploma or certificate.

Now we love you guys 🙂 but hopefully this post will clear up the concise section on our results page.

Differences

Understanding the difference between each pass type is critical to your future studies.

Luckily, its pretty straight forward.

  • Bachelors – Will gain you provisional entrance into any University or degree course.
  • Diploma – Will gain you provisional entrance into any Technikon or diploma course.
  • Certificate – Will gain you provisional entrance into any College or certificate course.

I hope you noticed the provisional entrance part or the statements above………

Lets say Minki wants to go study mechanical engineering at UCT (University of Capetown).

Minki however is not that good at Mathematics and only scores 60% for her matric year. Even though she has a bachelors degree pass, she will not be able to study engineering because UCT requires 80% and above for admission…..

Now that sucks but that’s reality.

So please make sure that you are clear on what marks you need to achieve for your particular course.

Subject Choices

Not all subjects are viewed equally.

Mathematics will always be harder Tourism…..So it has a higher rating than Tourism.

Subjects are split into two main categories, Lower and Higher Credit.

Lower Credit Subjects

  • Agricultural Management Practices
  • Agricultural Technology
  • Civil Technology
  • Computer Applications Technology
  • Dance Studies
  • Design Studies
  • Electrical Technology
  • Hospitality Studies
  • Life Orientation
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Tourism

Higher Credit Subjects

  • Languages
  • Accounting
  • Agricutural Science
  • Business Studies
  • Consumer Studies
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Economics
  • Engineering Graphics & Design
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Music
  • Physical Sciences
  • Religion Studies
  • Visual Arts

Each matriculant needs a minimum of seven subjects which must include two languages and life orientation.

Below are possible scenarios for each pass type

Bachelors Pass Requirements

Compulsory Subjects

Home Language (Higher Credit) – 40% or more

First Additional Language  – 30% or more

Life Orientation (Lower Credit) – 30% or more

Other Subjects

Higher Credit – 50% or more

Higher Credit – 50% or more

Higher Credit – 50% or more

Lower Credit – 30% or more

Summary

  • 4 Higher Credit Subjects above 50%
  • 2 Lower Credit Subjects above 30%
  • You must not fail any subject

Diploma Pass Requirements

Compulsory Subjects

Home Language (Higher Credit) – 40% or more

First Additional Language (Higher Credit) – 40% or more

Life Orientation (Lower Credit) – 30% or more

Other Subjects

Higher Credit – 40% or more

Higher Credit – 40% or more

Lower Credit – 30% or more

Lower Credit – 30% or more

Summary

  • 4 Higher Credit Subjects above 40%
  • 3 Lower Credit Subjects above 30%
  • You may fail one subject but you must have a year mark for the subject failed

Certificate Pass Requirements

Compulsory Subjects

Home Language (Higher Credit) – 40% or more

First Additional Language (Higher Credit) – 30% or more

Life Orientation (Lower Credit) – 30% or more

Other Subjects

Lower Credit – 40% or more

Lower Credit – 40% or more

Lower Credit – 30% or more

Lower Credit – 30% or more

Summary

  • Home Language above 40%
  • 2 Subjects above 40%
  • 4 Subjects above 30%
  • You may fail one subject but you must have a year mark for the subject failed
  • One of your languages must be English or Afrikaans

Lastly

Please do not hesitate to ask for further help in the comments below and happy studying.

 

124 replies on “Bachelors, Diploma and Higher Certificate Pass Requirements Explained”

Does the subjects Life orientation and Computer applications Technology help you abtain a bachelor’s certificate at Matric?

Summary
5 Higher Credit Subjects above 40%
2 Lower Credit Subjects above 30%
You must not fail any subject

Life orientation and Computer applictions technoloy are both lower credit subjects. So you will also need 5 higher credits subjects above 40%.

I got
50+ Maths Lit.
50+ Home language
50+ 1st additional language
50+ Life orientation
40+ Geography
40+ Life science and
30+History

Which endorsement did I get? (Symbol)

Hey what is my pass symbol if

English 50
MATHS 50
BUSINESS STUDIES 50
Engineering Graphics and design 50
Mechanical technology 50
Afrikaans 30
Life orientation 70

As far as I can tell you have a minimum of 4times 50% nothing under 30% and both your home and second language above 40/30. This would mean a Bachelor Pass

What is my pass symbol I got

Setswana HL 70+
English FAL 60+
Life sciences 50+
Geography 40+
Mathematics 40+
Life orientation 80+
Physical science 30+

Hi. If I pass my 5 higher credit subjects (Afrikaans FAL, Business Studies, English HL, History & Life Sciences) & my lower credit subject (Life Orientation) with +50% & at the end of my finals, but get 30% for Mathematics core, will I get an admission to a Bachelors degree or a diploma?

I have been accepted provincially at Rhodes University, but I have to get admission to a Bachelors in order to really get accepted, & now I’m extremely worried because of my poor Maths marks.

Please, please respond.

are these results accurate because everywhere else on the internet it says 50% pass in four higher grade subjects and on the pamphlets they gave out at school?

Hi I was wandering why I only achieved a diploma pass for my term 3 results, I got over 50 for all of my subjects and had a 62 average, so is there any other reason that I might have only achieved a diploma pass?

what if my cass is 12 or 11..will it be added if i get 20 % on the 75 % of my final mark? what if i fail 1 subject and pass 4 with 40 or above..wil i get a diploma?

Everything is above 40% including the higher credits. This would mean a Bachelor pass for studying at an university

would like to ask wats my pass symbol if I get
life science 47
tourism 72
geography 70
mathematics literacy 43
life orientation 80
English first additional 82
isizulu 79

do you know when the higher credit/lower credit came into play? I was not aware of this, was only aware that LO was not really counted. All the info I had and the talk at the matric parents evening at school was that for a Bachelors you needed a minimum of 50% for 4 subjects, one of which had to be home language. My daughter achieved this, but because one of her subjects was CAT she only got a diploma

You need another Higher credit above 50% for a Bachelor. So I believe your grade will be Diploma Pass. LO is a lower credit and does not count as a +50%. Good luck 🙂

Hi there

I got a diploma pass and I’m looking into what I will need to rewrite to get a bachelors.

All my subjects were higher credit, does that mean that they all need a min of 50% or
Does it mean that I can pass any 3 with 50% and 1 with 30%?

Home Language: 69%
Second language: 48%
Mathematics: 44%
LO: 48%
Accounting: 55%
IT: 63%
Physics: 37%

I’m hoping to get Maths to at least 50% and leave science at 37%. Would that cut it?

I believe it will. You did not pass Bachelor because you only have 3 credits up 50%. But because you have all higher credits I am not entirely sure what the rules will be. Please ask your school and let them explain you what you need to get a Bachelor Pass. And please share it with us 🙂

hi if i ask what my pass rate it is if i get this? :
English 40%
geography 36%
life orientatin 50%
life sciences 48%
mathematicz 31%
physical science 28%
home language 54%

hi if i ask what is mi pass rate if i get this ?:
English 40%
geography 38%
life orientation 50%
life sciences 48%
mathematicz 31%
physical sciences 28%
home language 54%

Hi there I would like to know in my case wheather I would still make a diploma should :
English 76%
Afrikaans 82%
Maths 31%
Geography 74%
Toursim 84
Hospitality 73%
LO 81%
Knowing that I have I’m only get above 50% for 3 of 4 creditted subjects?
Thanks.

Hi

I have gotten a BD pass – bachelor degree pass
What would a remark entail and what would be the costs ?

With an IEB BD – pass will I be able to re-write two more subjects to improve my marks ?

And is 30 percent for a subject considered a pass ?

Tx 🙂

Hello
I got a Diploma Pass and wanted to know if I take supplementary exam for maths and got 50% , Would I then get a Bachelors pass?

Afrikaans 46
English 60
Maths 43
LO 65
Drama 65
EGD 53
Computer App Tech 53

Hi, I completed my Matric on 2011 with admission to Diploma my subjects are:
Sesotho HL 70%
English FAL 46%
Afrikaans SAL 49%
Maths Lit 66%
LO 66%
Accounting 46%
Economics 52%

last year I went back to re-write my English FAL and got 52%.
So will it possible for me to get admission to Bachelor Degree when I combine my statemets?

Hello.

I’d like to know if I achieve 50% and/ or higher in 6 subjects which are Accounting, Afrikaans, Business Studies, Economics, English and Life Orientation but my Mathematics is below 30%, what symbol will I achieve?

Thank you.

What is My Symbol?
Maths Literacy_55
English HL_50
Afrikaans_50
Lo_70
Business studies_55
Computer Application Technology_60
Tourism_60

What symbol will I get if I meet all the requirements of a Bachelor pass except for mathematics, let’s say I get 29-39%.
Will that mean a Bachelor pass?

Please help!

what if i score above 50 for 5 subjects and above 30 for one subject, then get 28 for the other subject, what will my pass rate be?

What Does it mean when I will get :
Eng HL : 65
Afr Fal : 43
LO : 76
EGD : 42
L Sc : 56
P Sc : 38 / 40
Math : 25
Which Pass type will I get

Hry what if all my subjects are about 50% but my afrikaans is bellow 30% eg
ENGLISH 50
MATH LIT 50
L.O 50
AFRIKAANS 28
and other 3 subjects 50 and above
what type of pass would I get?

What is my pass symbol if my results are like this:

Mathematics: 40%
Physical Sciences: 30%
Engineering Graphics and Design: 70%
Setswana Home Language: 60%
English First Additional Language: 70%
Civil Technology: 40%

Hi, I was wondering, if you do 7 subjects only, how does that work towards a diploma pass if you fail one?
For instance:
English-55%
Afrikaans-63%
Mathematics-22%
Physical Science-32%
Life Orientation-65%
Life Science-60%
Information Technology -35%

For Diploma:

Summary
4 Higher Credit Subjects above 40%
3 Lower Credit Subjects above 30%
You may fail one subject but you must have a year mark for the subject failed

I qualify for a bachelor of arts film nd television…but I received a diploma admission on my matric result..what does this mean

Maths 40
Account 56
Eco 56
Afrika 48
England 60
Computer app 60
Lo 72

Do I need to rewrite?

Depends on what you want? You symbol is a Diploma but thats probably enough for admission to the bachelor of arts film and television. You can try to get Afrikaans or Math above 50% for a Bachelor.

Hi, what is my pass symbol if my marks are as follows

English-56%
Maths lit -78%
Business-50%
Accounting-36%
Economics-30%
Life orientation-59%
Afrikaans-35%

What is my pass symbol if
Home language-60%
English-40%
Afrikaans-50%
Life science-40%
LO-40%
Physics-30%
Maths-30%

For bachelor you can not fail any subject. For Diploma: You may fail one subject but you must have a year mark for the subject failed. For Certificate: You may fail one subject but you must have a year mark for the subject failed.

what is my daughters symbol if she passed the following way,
Eng 51
Afrik 63
Maths Lit 43
Life Orientation 54
Geography 35
history 35
Life Science 30

I

i got this marks what is my symbol

Isizulu 72
afrikaans 55
English 60
Life Orientation 72
Life sciences 36
Cat 32
maths 25
physical science 26

I was upgrading I got 57 with Mathematics 46 with physical science and 43 with life sciences and Home Language 68 and English 69 geography 49 life orientation 80 can I get a bachelor with this marks help fast

What is my symbol if I passed. Enlish 54%. Afrikaans 66%. Mathematics 38%. Life orientation 68%. Geography 34%. History 52%. Life Science 27%

Please advise if I achieved a Bachelors or Diploma with the below symbols

English Home language 61%
Afrikaans 1st additional language 68%
Mathematics 43%
Electrical Technology 63%
Engineering graphics and Design 51%
Physical Science 42%
Life Orientation 63%

Thanks

Hi, i got my statements of results today and i qualified for a diploma with the following results:

Setswana Home language: 75%
English first language: 76%
Mathematics: 46%
Life orientation: 83%
Computer application technology: 56%
Life sciences: 64%
Physical Science: 49%

is this a true reflection of my results

Can you tell me how did I do if I got
Setswana 73%
English 61%
Mathematics 19%
Life orientation 64%
Geography 37%
Life sciences 40%
Physical Sciences 24%

I dont want to rewrite those I failed, I want to do two more subjects which are economics and mathematical literacy inorder to pass my matric with good marks. Where can I do that???

I am sorry I dont know that. Please contact your school and ask them about this. And please share us how you solved this.

Pholo Moloele

My child got 62 in eng, 59 afr, 27 maths, lo 80, agric 47, business studies 42, physics 27.
Will he obtain a bachelor if he supplements maths and physics only? or does it need him to improve performance in other subjects?

If he improves both credits above 50% it will be bachelor. Above 40% Diploma and Above 30% Certificate

Hello friend
Would a bachelor’s pass be if I got

Home language – 63
First additional – 48
Mathematics – 51
History – 68
Life Orientation – 86
Business studies – 46
Physical science – 39

I believe this is Diploma. For Bachelor you need 4 Higher credits above 50%. So you need to get Business Physical science or FA above 50%

Pls help Sir, what type of pass did i get if these are my results , i was upgrading so after combination there will look like this

ENG- 51
Geo- 50
L.O – 63
L.S – 48
Afri- 28
Maths- 55
Hist- 62

Not sure, but because your Afrikaans is below 30% I believe you are failing your matric. Try to get it above 30% and you will have Bachelor. You cant fail second language.

After completing my matric on 2011 I got admission to Diploma.
My results:
Home language L6
English 1st add lan L3
Afrikaans 2nd add lan L3
Maths lit L5
LO L6
Accounting L3
Economics L4
and went back to re-write my English on 2015 and got L4 in English, so will they be able to convert my admission to be bechelor?

computer application technology: 40%
mathematics: 30%
physical sciences:30%
life sciences:40%
Sesotho hl:70%
English FAL:50%
life orientation: 70%
what would I get with these results?????

My cousin got this:
English 43%
Afrikaans 36%
Maths lit 44%
Life orientation 76%
Business studies 43%
Geography 36%
life science 35%
what admission is this??

Not sure but I believe Certificate. Try to get geograpy, afrikaans or life sciences above 40% for a Diploma

what is my symbol if:
Home language 73%
English FAL 61%
Maths 35%
Life Orientation 78%
Accounting 42%
Business Studies 58%
Tourism 69%

Sepedi HE 74%
English FAL 71%
Mathematical Literacy 55%
Life Orientation 70%
Tourism 64%
Business studies 48%
Economics 48%

Which one do I qualify for?

Hello Guys i got an admission to bachelor’s degree even though I have failed mathematics.
You can fail one subject and still get a bachelor
My marks were:
mathematics 10%
home lang 76%
first additional lang 68%
accounting 51%
economics 78%
business 50%
life orientation 83%

i got a bachelor achievement even though my maths was low

I passed with admission to higher certificate study. I want to do supplementary exam as I need to improve my marks to obtain a Bachelors Pass: Which subjects do you suggest I re-write(supplementary)…I thought of re-writing Physical Science & Maths & asking for a remark in Life Science
Eng(Home Lang) – 53
Afrikaans (Add Land – 63
Mathematics – 24
Life Orientation – 70
Geographt – 51
Life Science – 37
Physical Science – 32

I got 60 in my home language, 63 first additional, 43 in maths,24 life sciences, 33 hospitality,36 consumer studies what’s my symbol?

You are missing 1 subject? You can fail 1 subject but you need to get 3 above 40% and 3 above 30% and not fail 1st and 2nd language

Sorry I didn’t fail my home language
Sepedi 60
English 63
Maths Lit 43
Life Sci 24
Consumers studies 36
Hospitality 33
L.O 70

My daughter has 58 for English home Lang 79 Africans first add Lang math 30 L o 60 history 60 life sciences 48 and physical sciences 41 what pass is it a diploma or bachelors

I believe Diploma. She will need to get math, life science or physical science above 50% for a bachelor.

Hi i was just wondering i would like to know if you can obtain a bachelors degree with the following subjects:
Afrikaans HL
English FAL
Mathematics
Life orientation
Computer Application Technology
Tourism
Business Studies

Please i really want to know.

Hi please assist me my results are as follows
English. 56
Afrikaans. 38
Arabic. 48
Maths. 43
Business economics. 53
Accountancy. 77
Life orientation 75

I’m not sure but I think this is a diploma pass
I would like to get a bachelors pass
Which subjects do I rewrite?
Thank you

Yes i believe this is Diploma. In order to get Bachelor you probably need to rewrite Math and get it up 50%. but please check with your school to be certain.

guys i need help can i get a diploma if my additional language which is afrikaans is 35%?
I got above 40% in ma home language ,maths,busines,tour n l.o
then i scored above 30%in geography ..wat symbol is dat ?

For a diploma your second langauge needs to be above 30% and you have that. You can not fail any subject. You need 4 subjects above 40% and above 30% in remaining topics. So you should have Diploma if im right.

Hi, I completed my Matric on 2011 with admission to Diploma my subjects are:
Sesotho HL 70%
English FAL 46%
Afrikaans SAL 49%
Maths Lit 66%
LO 66%
Accounting 46%
Economics 52%

last year I went back to re-write my English FAL and got 52%.
So will it possible for me to get admission to Bachelor Degree when I combine my statemets?

hi what is my symbol if I passed my isixhosa 50% English 40%-49% mathematics 50%-59% physical science 40%-49% biology 33%-39%

Hy I obtained 45 maths literacy and 40 geography.i would lyk 2get a bachelor’s do I hve 2upgrade thse two subject ND get a bachelor’s

hi my lil sis got
mathematics 33
life science 38
geography 31
home language 48
1st additional language 47
L.O 70
which symbol is this

Hy my lil sis got
home language 48
additional language 46
mathematics 33
geography 31
life science 39
physical science 29
L.O 70

Hi please help I’m confused I got eng 49- afri 48,mathslit 76,lo55,business 55,economics55and life science41 will that b a Bachelor

hey i got the following:

home language: above 70%
English FaL: above 50%
L.O: above 70%
C.A.T” above 40%
Life sciences: above 40%
Maths lit: above 50%
physical sciences :28%

If a child has the below results what have they passed with:

English – 53
Afrikaans – 67
Maths Literacy – 48
Life Orientation – 71
Business Studies 39
CAT – 29
Life Sciences – 30 C

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