What Can I Do After I Finish Matric?

There are plenty of things you can do after matric. Many people will take the college route and continue studying, some people will get jobs and a few might even opt to take a gap year to try and figure out what they want to do in life.

Studying Further 

After completing matric, this is the safest and most common route people choose to take in life. 

Students who have completed matric will usually apply for entrance to a university. However, there are some who were unable to gain access. This is often because they applied late or more commonly because of poor matric results.

What Can I Do With Low Matric Results  

Students with low matric results should consider applying to a college instead of applying to a University. The reason for this is that colleges have slightly lower entry requirements in comparison with a University.  

College courses are designed to allow students easy entry into a course ensuring that they can continue pursuing their dreams and aspirations. 

Courses I can study at college

The most common courses you will find offered at colleges are National Diploma (NATED) courses.

NATED Courses

These are National Diploma Level courses that you can study at various institutions, which will provide you with the specific skills and knowledge that you will need in your workplace of choice.

They are made up of three Certificate courses and one Diploma course. The three certificate courses each take between (6) six and (12) twelve months to complete and have NQF level 05. After that, you will qualify for an N6 Diploma which will require you to complete eighteen (18) months of practical training in the workplace.

Financial Management Courses:

Legal Secretary Courses:

Management Assistant Courses:

Educare Courses:

  • Educare: NATED N4 National Certificate
  • Educare: NATED N5 National Certificate
  • Educare: NATED N6 National Certificate
  • Educare: NATED N6 National Diploma

Human Resource Management Courses:

Business Management Courses:

Marketing Management Courses:

Legal Secretary Courses:

What If I Do Not Have A  Matric? 


Many colleges offer Matric Courses. For those students who do not have the time to do a Matric course, they have the option of doing a group of courses called ICB courses. These courses were developed by the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers to provide students with the opportunity to gain skills that will assist them in finding employment without needing to have a Matric Certificate.

ICB Courses

Bookkeeping And Accounting Courses:

  • Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate
  • Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate
  • Certified Financial Accounting: ICB National Diploma
  • Technical Financial Accounting: ICB National Diploma

What are the entry requirements for this course?

  • Grade 10 or equivalent certificate
  • Learners must be 16 years or older


Office Administration Courses:

  • Office Administration: ICB National Certificate
  • Office Administration: ICB Higher Certificate
  • Office Administration: ICB National Diploma

What are the entry requirements for this course?

  • Grade 11 certificate or an equivalent certificate

Business Management Courses:

  • Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate
  • Office Administration – Business Management: ICB Higher Certificate
  • Financial Accounting – Business Management: ICB National Diploma

What are the entry requirements for this course?

  • Matric Certificate 

Author : Pabalelo Tladi
Editor: Megan Dreyer
Published Date: August 4, 2022