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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The National Senior Certificate (or EQUIVALENT) is the minimum requirement for entrance to a Higher Education.

The National Senior Certificate (NSC) is a three 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 is a range of foreign qualifications from over 160 countries that USAf (Universities South Africa) will accept as a matric equivalent and grant foreign conditional exemption.

In practice, it does seem that USAf has granted conditional matric exemption certificates to South African students who have applied and submitted foreign qualifications.

The most popular are

a) The Cambridge International Examinations certificate with a prescribed profile of subjects and levels. This is regarded as an equivalent to the NSC without qualification.

b) The American GED®. A full explanation is on the links provided (above) but below is a brief summary of the procedure:

1. You can sign up for Online GED classes to help you prepare for the GED®

2. There are over 30 GED® testing centres around the country.

The entire process seems to cost around R6000 (2017). The GED® tests can be written any time you are ready all year round.

3. GED® graduates may apply to USAf for a letter of foreign conditional exemption with their GED® credential, accompanied by a letter of admission to a degree course from an appropriately accredited US university.**

(You can check this for yourself here: **http://mb.usaf.ac.za/united-states-of-america/)

As with any matric or alternative, there is no guarantee that a GED® graduate will be issued with a letter of foreign conditional exemption from USAf, nor that a university will accept his/her application.

4. You will be awarded foreign conditional exemption, which becomes full exemption if you pass your first year at a university.

*SAQA (the South African Qualifications Authority) has evaluated the GED® and found the  National Senior Certificate as its closest comparable qualification.


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.

Some homeschoolers have also achieved an American High School Diploma via distance learning or online education service providers and then obtained a matric exemption by meeting the requirements as stipulated by USAf at http://he-enrol.ac.za/qualificationbycountry/united-states-america

2. Tertiary Qualifications

If you pass a course the equivalent of first year university level at a college, then you can apply to Universities SA 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 recognised access course or a foundation programme. Some also have policies for Recognition of Prior Learning.

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.

4. Conditional exemption by virtue of mature age

Subject to certain conditions, a conditional exemption may be granted to a candidate who has attained the age of 23 years before or during the year in which the applicant wishes to enrol at a South African university for a bachelor’s degree.



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 page.

You can also consider a DIY Cambridge homeschool matric from Grade 10 – 12.

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Information about obtaining Matric Exemption can be found on the MATRICULATION BOARD SITE http://hesa.org.za/he-enrolment-services/faqs-frequently-asked-questions

The following curriculum providers offer the National Senior Certificate:

1. Hatfield Christian Online School – IEB matric
Website: www.onlineschool.co.za
Email: info@onlineschool.co.za
Tel: 012-361 1182

2. Brainline / Breinlyn – NSC or IEB  in English or Afrikaans
Website: www.brainline.com
Tel: 012-5435000 / Cell: 082 5777 942
Email: info@brainline.com

3. Le-Amen Onderwyssentrum – IEB
Website: www.le-amen.co.za
Tel: 011 958 0366 / 0532

 4. Nukleus – NSC in Afrikaans
Website: http://www.nukleusonderwys.co.za/
Tel/Fax: 044 873 0346
Tel/Fax: 044 873 5957
Email :  info@nukleus.co.za



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 bladsy.


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