What Can I Study Without Matric?
Want to study a course you don't need Matric for? Here is a list of distance learning courses you can study without matric:
How can I study without a matric certificate?
Some people think that without a matric certificate you cannot study further, or get a decent job. That thinking is wrong.
Academically matric is a qualification on NQF level 4. And there are many courses you can study that are also accredited on NQF level 4. They won't give you a matric certificate, but they will give you an accredited, recognised alternative qualification. And you can use them to study up to NQF level 6 (National Diploma level).
The entry requirement to these kind of qualifications are that you must be older than 16, and that you must have completed your Grade 10. You must also be able to read, write and understand English, since the courses are offered in English.
Many of these alternative courses of study are much better aimed at a career or job, than matric. Matric does not prepare you for any specific job. It is really just an entry to further studies.
I work for Skills Academy. We offer career-focussed training via distance learning for people who have not completed their matric. And for people who did complete matric, but they cannot gain entry into a university or college.
How can I study without Mathematics?
When you start a course at NQF level 3 (one year lower than the matric academic level) then you don't need maths to gain entry to the course. If the course includes maths, then it starts at a Grade 10 or Grade 11 level.
So, you don't need matric mathematics to start one of these courses.
When you start looking for a job you will get to understand what employers are looking for in the real world. Your life experience, real work experience, and qualifications and skills that you can immediately use in your job, are critically important.
In this situation you will find that your career-related studies are sometimes more valuable to an employer than a theoretical qualification. The career-related courses are often more focussed on real business problems and how to solve them.
With professional institutes like the ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants), you can achieve high level, and highly recognised qualifications. These qualifications make you employable and can get you promoted if you are already in a job.
These professional institutes have ensured that their qualifications are fully accredited. And they have in their turn accredited educational institutions to offer their courses. In the world of work these qualifications can mean more than a degree.
South Africa has many private educational organisations. Some offering Higher Education (degrees) and some offering qualifications in the FET or TVET band. Ironically private education once you leave school tend to be less expensive than going to a university.
And you can study full-time, part-time or via distance learning.
Private education has to give you good service because they are not subsidised and they want your business.
For working adults who must work and study at the same time, distance learning is a viable option. It is also becoming a solution for students who want to study full-time, but who were refused entry at full-time educational institutions.
Scarce skills are careers where we have a shortage of trained people.
This includes careers like: Trainee Accountant, Debt Collector, Finance Manager, Management Consultant, Office Administrator, General Accountant, General Clerk, Accounts Clerk and Payroll Clerk.
These jobs have been recognized by FASSET (the SETA for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services), in their Scarce Skills Guide 2015.
What certifications can you study to a scarce skill?
You can start an ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) certification at below-matric level. So entry to the course is easy. The ICB offers a series of Bookkeeping, Accounting, Office Administration, Business organization Studies and Entrepreneurship qualifications.
These certifications are recognized by FASSET. And in South Africa you will find that most big companies recognise ICB qualifications.
The ICB certifications are provided by home study colleges and academies. This makes it accessible to full-time students, as well as to working grownups who need to study while they also have a full-time profession in the daytime.
About the Author:
Jan Badenhorst works as the CEO of Skills Academy. Skills Academy offers Home Study Courses to people who never completed Matric, or who cannot get entry into Universities.