According to Oxbridge Academy (a private distance learning college), there are always options for people who choose not to give up.
Remember that earning a Matric certificate is not the only way to be successful. There are a number of ways to gain a tertiary education and get ahead in life without this qualification.
Where should students start?
Learners without a matric certificate are encouraged to join one of the bridging or introductory courses offered by Oxbridge Academy. Students who choose this path should also consider completing at least the first full corresponding N level, so that they have a meaningful qualification behind their names.
Oxbridge Academy usually recommends either the Bridging Certificate to N1 Engineering Studies (for those who want to go in that direction), or the Introductory Certificate: N4 Business Studies. The latter is a general bridging course that prepares learners for further study at N4 – N6 level in various fields, ranging from business management and childcare to financial management and tourism.
Oxbridge Academy also offers other qualification types that would be suitable for students in this position:
·N3 Technical Matric
This is a more practical alternative to the regular matric certificate (Grade 12). Learners who enrol for this course are required to complete two language subjects (Business English and Sake Afrikaans), as well as four subjects at N3 level.
·Short Learning Programmes:
These are non-credit-bearing skills development courses designed to equip learners with workplace-relevant skills. The only entry requirements for these courses are that learners need to be at least 16 years old and fluent in English.
The short learning programmes include Saiosh-accredited occupational health and safety courses, internationally standardised ISO courses, and a range of courses developed by the college itself to equip learners with skills in various fields of study.
·National Qualifications (which can be completed after the bridging or introductory courses):
These include the N1 – N3 Engineering Studies courses, as well as N4 – N6 National Certificates in various fields of study. These vocational qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), and are designed to prepare learners for entry into the workplace – by equipping them with the skills they need to start working in specific fields.
Learners who complete their N6 Certificates and gain 18 months of relevant practical experience can apply for their National N6 Diplomas. Once they have these diplomas, they can apply for admission to undergraduate programmes at certain universities.
While Grade 10 (with Maths and Physical Science) is required for entry to the N1 courses, and Matric is required for entry to the N4 courses, Oxbridge Academy does offer bridging programmes – as mentioned previously - for learners who do not meet these requirements.
For learners who did not complete matric, Oxbridge Academy has the following message: “By choosing not to give up, and to study further via distance learning, you can show prospective employers that you are hard-working, committed, able to take the initiative, and determined to succeed. Furthermore, with distance learning, you can develop an additional set of valuable workplace skills – such as time management, organisational skills, and independent and critical thinking skills.”