How to Redo Matric: The Old Syllabus


If you have a Matric certificate but aren’t happy with the marks on it, you may have considered redoing Matric. There are a number of options available to you, and last week we looked at the Department of Basic Education’s Second Chance Programme. Today, we take a look at the Amended Senior Certificate and how to rewrite Matric if you wrote on the old curriculum.

How to Redo Matric: The Old Syllabus

If you wrote Matric when the old curriculum was still in use, you may be slightly worried that you won’t be able to ever improve your marks. Not so! The Amended Senior Certificate (ASC) is available to you as a means of improving your old Matric.

The Department of Basic Education continues to provide the Amended Senior Certificate as an option for those who wrote on the old curriculum but still want to redo or complete their Matric exams.


  • Be over 21; and
  • Have one of the following:
    • A General Education and Training Certificate (GETC); or
    • A Grade 9 school report indicating you have passed; or
    • A recognised equivalent qualification (NQF Level 1) with two official languages; or
    • An incomplete Senior Certificate; or
    • An incomplete National Senior Certificate and an expired School-Based Assessment

The downside of the Amended Senior Certificate is that it is not currently recognised by institutes of higher learning, i.e. universities and colleges. The DBE has said, however, that it is currently negotiating for this to change.

In order to register to do an Amended Senior Certificate on the old syllabus, you will have to register with the Department of Basic Education. Electronic registration is open for applicants in the following provinces:

  • Free State
  • Gauteng
  • Northern Cape
  • Mpumalanga

and will close on 3 April 2017.

This is a great initiative as it allows adults who are limited in their career choices by a poor Matric to improve their marks and open up new avenues in their careers.

For more information, visit the Department of Basic Education website.