It’s never too late to get your matric


Star Schools’ Amended Senior Certi­ficate Programme enables adults who did not complete their high school education, or failed their matric examination, to obtain their school leaving certifi­cate and thus further their education if they so choose.

As the Amended Senior Certifi­cate currently does not allow candidates to obtain university endorsement, candidates who write the Amended Senior Certi­ficate examinations may apply for an age exemption through Universities South Africa/Higher Education South Africa as an interim measure until the university admission requirements are approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training.


Who qualifies for the programme?

  • Adult learners 21 years and older who have one of the following:
    • A General Education and Training Certifi­cate for Adult Basic Education and Training;
    • A grade 9 school report, stating that they have passed grade 9;
    • A recognised equivalent qualification obtained at NQF Level 1 which requires two official languages;
    • An incomplete Senior Certi­ficate quali­fication in the year of the Senior Certifi­cate examination;
    • An incomplete National Senior Certi­ficate of which the School Based Assessment component has expired.
  • Out of school youth 18-21 years old who could not complete their school education and could not be accommodated longer in the school system due to special circumstances as veri­fied by the Head of Department.


Promotion requirements

Star Schools follows the scheme of work as prescribed by the Department of Education’s Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS). Candidates writing the Amended Senior Certi­ficate are exempt from the School Based Assessment (SBA) or Continuous Assessment (CASS) mark, which means that the ­final examination in the subject(s) registered for will constitute 100% of the ­final mark.

To obtain their Senior Certifi­cate, candidates must:

  • Pass at least ­five of the required six subjects as follows:
    • Obtain at least 40% in three subjects, one of which must be an official home language;
    • Obtain at least 30% in two subjects, one of which must be an official home or fi­rst additional language;
    • Obtain a sub-minimum of 20% in the failed sixth subject.


What we offer

  • Exam registration, study materials and revision in selected subjects.
  • Candidates register with Star Schools to write the examination.
  • Candidates receive study material and revision in selected subjects. Study material includes:
    • Work books
    • Past examination papers
    • Setworks for English (novel and drama)
  • Examinations are written at Star Schools during May and June.



All of the following documentation must be submitted in order to proceed with registration and secure a place on the programme:

  • Two copies of your Statement of Results, or General Education and Training Certifi­cate, or grade 9 report;
  • Three copies of your ID document or birth certi­ficate;
  • Two ID photos (three ID photos if a birth certi­ficate is used);
  • Completed registration form;
  • Original proof of payment.


All foreign candidates must provide a current and valid study permit. You will not be allowed to register without these documents.


Fees are payable to:

Bank: FNB
Branch: Northgate
Branch code: 256 755
Account no: 625 102 690 21
Reference: ASC and mobile number of candidate