Adult matric

Applying for Adult Matric at UCT Online High School Here’s what you should know: Image: Supplied.

Want to apply for Adult Matric at UCT Online High School?

With UCT officially launching their Adult Matric programme, here is what you need to know about Adult Matric at UCT Online High School.

Adult matric

Applying for Adult Matric at UCT Online High School Here’s what you should know: Image: Supplied.

UCT Online High School has officially launched their Adult Matric programme, giving adults who were unable, or never given the opportunity to write their matric when they were young, the opportunity to work part-time towards achieving their CAPS-aligned National Senior Certificate. And they get to do it online, and part-time, through the most-recognised university in Africa! If this sounds like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, we’re sure you’re eager to get your application in. But you may have some questions that need answering first. Here is what you need to know about Adult Matric at UCT Online High School.

What is the duration of this Adult Matric programme?

The Adult Matric programme runs for a total of 24 months (2 years), starting in January 2023 and concluding in December of the second year.

What curriculum does the Adult Matric programme use?

Adult Matric learners will be learning the South African CAPS curriculum resulting in the National Senior Certificate (NSC). While UCT Online High School has launched an additional international curriculum, Cambridge International for high school learners, it’s not an available curriculum to take for Adult Matric.

Which subjects are available to take?

As with the standard NSC matric qualification, Adult Matric learners will be required to take 7 subjects. Aside from the compulsory subjects, you can select a stream of electives as follows:

4 Compulsory Subjects:

  • English Home Language
  • Life Orientation
  • First Additional Language: A choice of either Afrikaans OR isiXhosa OR isiZulu
  • Mathematics: A choice of either Pure Mathematics OR Maths Literacy

In addition, 3 subjects must be selected from a stream and one additional elective:


Stream 1: Commerce 

  1. Business Studies
  2. Economics

Stream 2: Humanities

  1. Geography
  2. History

Stream 3: Sciences

  1. Physical Sciences (requires Pure Mathematics)
  2. Life Sciences

What will the Adult Matric programme cost?

  • Application Fee – R350 once-off
  • Placement Fee – R2,500 once-off
  • Tuition Fee:
    • Annual – R26,340
    • Monthly – R2,195
  • Estimated external Matriculation Examination Fee – R12,000 (excludes any additional examination concessions that may apply) that needs to be paid before March 2024.

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When are exams written?

If you are a part of the school’s January 2023 cohort, your external Matriculation Examinations will be written in October/November 2024 at an approved SACAI examination venue located in South Africa. This goes for all January starters, your final Matriculation Examinations will take place in October/November of the following year.

What does UCT Online High School expect from Adult Matric learners?

With the intense nature of this academic learning path, it is important to understand what’s required from your end to ensure the successful completion of your Adult Matric qualification. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Complete ownership of your academic journey, taking responsibility for ensuring that all deadlines and requirements are met
  • A commitment of a minimum of 20 hours per week (over 7 days)
  • A high level of self-motivation and good work ethic is required to work through each module, and complete and submit all assessments as and when required
  • A reasonable technical proficiency to be able to work online and master the use of all required tech platforms (G-Suite, Google Workspace, Moodle etc). All UCT Online High School learners will need to be able to upload and submit documents and/or videos by the required assessment deadlines.

What are the application requirements?

Now before you rush to get your application in, there are a few requirements when it comes to applying for UCT Online High School’s Adult Matric programme:

  1. Adult Matric learners who are 21 years and older when they sit for the Matric Examination
  2. Adult Matric learners who have a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC); or
  3. Adult Matric learners who have a Grade 9 school report (or the old standard 7). Stating that they have passed Grade 9 or Standard 7; or
  4. A recognised equivalent qualification obtained at NQF Level 1 which requires two official languages.
  5. Adult Matric learners must present an identity document or a study permit (foreign nationals).

If you’re ready to start this exciting journey to a new future, you can apply here. Looking for more information? Visit UCT Online High School’s website or book a call with one of their friendly Admissions Consultants.