High School Homeschool Options
for South African Homeschoolers
A brief description plus contact details of various high school homeschool options for South African homeschoolers, including internationally recognised certifications.
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MATRIC / SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATES IN SA
The National Senior Certificate (or EQUIVALENT) is the minimum requirement for entrance to a Higher Education.
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) is a 3 year programme that consists of Grade 10, 11 and 12. This means that each Grade has to be completed and passed separately.
A National Senior Certificate will be awarded to you after successful completion of the National Senior Certificate Grade 12 examinations. The final examinations in Grade 12 will be administered by an external assessment body accredited by UMALUSI. The National Senior Certificate is awarded by UMALUSI.
Due to changes in legislation, at present, the only way that homeschoolers can obtain a National Senior Certificate (NSC) is to write exams via an accredited institution, some of which are listed further down this page.
However, the Minister issued regulations (drafted by HESA) that now require, as minimum university entrance requirements, the NSC with university exemption, OR EQUIVALENT.
The following are possible 'equivalents"
1. Foreign Qualifications
There are three foreign qualifications that are accepted as "equivalent" to the NSC without qualification but only two are options for homeschoolers.
a) The International Baccalaureate is NOT an option for homeschoolers as it requires full time attendance at a school that offers it.
b) The Cambridge International Examinations certificate with a prescribed profile of subjects and levels.
c) The third foreign option is the American General Education Diploma plus SAT test. A full explanation is on the link provided but below is a brief summary of the procedure:
1. There are numerous web sites that help you prepare for the GED and the SAT – many of them free or at minimal cost.
2. There are GED and SAT centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Gabarone where one can write the GED. The SAT can be written also in Bloemfontein and Durban, and there are four centres around Gauteng. The entire process seems to cost about R5000. Exams are written about six times per year and results are available within a few days or 5 weeks in the case of the SAT.
3. Once you have the GED and the appropriate score on the SAT, you fax these to the Matriculation Board and apply for exemption. That takes less than a week.
4. You will be awarded foreign conditional exemption, which becomes full exemption if you pass your first year at a university.
Universities are NOT compelled to accept you, and the above only satisfies the criteria of a matric certificate. Each university and each faculty may have other admissions requirements.It is advisable to enquire FIRST at the institutions where you wish to study and get their responses in writing.
2. Tertiary Qualifications
If you pass a course the equivalent of first year university level at a college, then you can apply to HESA to grant you university exemption and then apply to enrol at a university.
3. Senate’s Discretionary Exemption
Universities may have legislation which allows for discretionary exemption to be granted once a student has completed a recognized access course or a foundation programme.
Technical Colleges, Universities of Technology and other Colleges generally do not require endorsement as an entrance requirement.
It is your responsibility to enquire from the institution of your choice, in advance, whether you (will) meet their entrance requirements.
FOREIGN HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS
There are various institutions in South Africa that offer the internationally recognised
Cambridge International Examinations
as well as an option to obtain an matric certification offered by an Afrikaans institution that is recognised by a university in the Netherlands. Read more on our
International High School Home School Options
You can also consider a Cambridge homeschool matric or a SAT homeschool matric from Grade 10 - 12.
MORE HOMESCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS
Information about obtaining Matric Exemption can be found on the MATRICULATION BOARD SITE
1. HATFIELD CHRISTIAN ONLINESCHOOL - distance education involving teachers via skype or phone and parents at home. Instruction, marking and accreditation is provided leading to an Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric.
You have the option to sign up for one or more subjects, depending on your needs and goals.
www.onlineschool.co.za Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 012-361 1182
2. BRAINLINE/BREINLYN - a computer based curriculum available in English and Afrikaans up to Grade 9; Cambridge IGCSE & HIGCSE courses available.
www.brainline.com Tel: 012-5435000 Cell: 082 5777 942
3. THEOCENTRIC CHRISTIAN EDUCATION (TCE) - a text-book based homeschool curriculum offers Grade 0 to 13, with Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A Level offered in the higher grades.
www.homeschool-tce.co.za Email: email@example.com Tel: 021 557-2612
4. INTEC COLLEGE
Distance learning (studying at home) is a very effective way of obtaining your High School qualifications. You can start your studies at any time of the year.
INTEC College offers you a welcome pack to get you started. Call Toll Free: 0800 012 311
Intec offers the National Senior Certificate
The National Senior Certificate (NSC) is a 3 year programme that consists of Grade 10, 11 and 12. This means that each Grade has to be completed and passed separately. A National Senior Certificate will be awarded to you after successful completion of the National Senior Certificate Grade 12 examinations, administered by UMALUSI.
ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH THE DOE, (IN OTHER WORDS YOU NEED TO BE REGISTERED AND HAVE A VALID EXAMINATION NUMBER), WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENROL AND COMPLETE.
Please contact INTEC College or visit their website for more information.
Web: www.intec.edu.za or http://www.intec.edu.za/high-school/
Call Toll Free: 0800 012 311
5. DAMELIN CORRESPONDENCE COLLEGE
Damelin has played a major role in education and training for over 40 years. It provides high-quality education for those who need the foundation qualifications to advance their future towards careers in the South African business environment. The curriculum and programme structure are designed according to the latest developments in outcomes-based education. This system rewards candidates for positive achievement – it shows what they know, understand and can do, as opposed to only testing whether candidates can recall information.
South African Qualifications
Damelin Correspondence College offers the following South African Qualifications to students who wish to gain entrance into local tertiary education institutions:
Academic High School
· National Senior Certificate Grade 10, Grade 11 and Grade 12.
Students and educators have expressed the need for a wider curriculum specifically tailored to international needs. Due to popular demand, Damelin Correspondence College offers the student the Cambridge internationally-recognised learning programme: the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
The University of Cambridge, England, a world leader in educational assessment, sets the curriculum and administers the examinations for this learning programme. The IGCSE syllabus encourages the development of oral and practical skills, an investigative approach, the initiative needed to solve problems, the application of skills, knowledge and understanding, and the ability to produce extended pieces of written work.
For further information and distance learning guidance, visit the Damelin website at: www.dcc.edu.za, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free on 0800 204 911.
AFRIKAANS HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS
There are a number of Afrikaans homeschool curriculum providers that offer high school and matric courses.
Vind meer uit oor die verskeie Afrikaans tuisonderwys kurrikulums op ons
Afrikaans High School Options
FOOTPRINTS INTO THE 21st CENTURY
This is our homegrown South African homeschool high school programme. It is the sequel to Footprints On Our Land - South African's Heritage and is aimed at learners aged 12-16. On completion of this programme, many students go on to use one of the high school curricula listed above. Read more about
Footprints into the 21st Century
HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE
We recommend the Apologia High School Science programs. These are Christian homeschooling science curricula which will opens your learner's eyes to God's awesome creative powers evident in the world around them. Choose from General Science, Physics, Biology or Chemistry. Read more at
High School Science Programmes
HEALTHY TEEN RELATIONSHIPS
In the Faith Building component of Footprints into the 21st Century we have included reading material on teen relationships. We believe that homeschooling parents have the opportunity to encourage their children to avoid the pitfalls of the world's dating system. Read more about
Healthy Teen Relationships
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