How to Redo Matric: TVET Colleges


If you want to redo Matric because your marks aren’t good enough, then we can help. Last week we looked at how to redo your Matric if you’d previously written on the old syllabus. This week we take a look at an alternative: doing Matric or an equivalent course through a TVET College.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges, formerly known as FET Colleges, are great. They offer qualifications in a wide range of practical fields, such as engineering, hospitality and business. What you may not know is that some TVET Colleges also offer the chance for you to redo Matric, either part-time or full-time.

How to Redo Matric: TVET Colleges

Redo Matric:

Some TVET colleges offer the option to redo Matric, usually on the current CAPS syllabus. Normally, you will only be able to register for the subjects that you’ve failed before or have done before and want to improve; in other words, you cannot replace one subject with another.

To pursue this, you will need to contact the relevant college and enquire about their options for redoing Matric. They can give you the information you’ll be looking for, such as fees, registration dates, etc.

Equivalent Qualification:

Another option offered by TVET is an equivalent, but alternative, qualification to the National Senior Certificate (Matric). Called the National Certificate Vocational (NCV), this qualification is NQF Level 4, just like Matric. This means that it is an equivalent qualification.

Unlike Matric, however, the emphasis is on technical skills. When you choose a course, you will have options such as IT, Business, Management, Hospitality, and many others. In addition to doing courses in these subjects, you will also do 3 fundamental subjects:

  • A first language
  • Maths or Maths Literacy
  • Life Orientation

Most universities will accept a National Certificate Vocational if you apply, making this a good choice for people wanting to improve their career and education options with a Matric-level qualification.

The Fine Print:

When considering registering at a college or other institute, you should always check to make sure that it is legitimate and not a bogus college. Here are some ways you can ensure that the college you’re looking at is for real:

  • Do they have a website? Does it look legitimate?
  • Are they accredited by the Council of Higher Education?
  • Can they provide an accreditation certificate?
  • Call the Department of Higher Education and Training if you’re not sure: 0800 87 2222