Amended senior certificate 2022 registration | Registration for the 2022 Senior Certificate examinations 2022 is now open and closes on 31 January 2022!

The Department of Basic Education was formed when the former National Department of Education was split into two: Department of Basic Education and the Department of Higher Education and Training. The DBE deals with all schools from Grade R to Grade 12, including adult literacy programmes. The aim of the DBE is to develop, maintain and support a South African school education system for the 21st century.

Registration for the 2022 Senior Certificate examinations

Department of Basic Education announces the Registration for the 2022 Senior Certificate examinations. 

Amended senior certificate 2022 registrationSenior Certificate examination based on the policy document, A Resume of instructional programmes in schools (Report 550), which allowed learners with incomplete Senior Certificate credits, as well as adult learners of 21 years and older, was conducted in June 2014.

However, based on the need for a qualification for adults that is equivalent to the current National Senior Certificate (NSC), the Minister of Basic Education has approved the revision of the current Senior Certificate qualification such that it can be offered by learners who will have no alternative route to follow post June 2014.

The Senior Certificate, retains its qualification structure but will utilize the National Curriculum Statement (NCS) subjects to support the qualification. This implies that the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) subjects will be offered as part of the Senior Certificate. The first examination based on the Senior Certificate (as amended) was written in June/July 2015. All Senior Certificate subjects that were passed prior to June 2015, at Higher Grade and Standard Grade levels, excluding Lower Grade conversions, will be recognized.

The Senior Certificate also allows candidates to obtain University endorsement. As in the case of the NSC exam, they can also qualify for admission to Bachelor, Diploma or Higher Certificate programmes at Higher Education institutions.

Admission to the Senior Certificate examinations 2022

The following Criteria to be  considered for Senior Certificate Examination 2022

  • Adult learners who are 21 years and older who have:
    • a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC); or
    • a Grade 9 school report (or the old standard seven). stating that they have passed Grade 9 or Standard 7; or
    • a recognized equivalent qualification obtained at NQF Level which requires two official languages.
  • Adult learners who are 21 years and older with an incomplete Senior Certificate qualification.
  • Adult learners who are 21 years and older with an incomplete National Senior Certificate
  • Only in exceptional cases, out of school youth, who are 18-21 years old and who could not complete their school education due to circumstances beyond their control, as verified by the Head of Department in the Provincial Education Department.
  • Adult candidates who are 21 years and older with an incomplete NSC may choose to complete the NSC, or convert to the Senior Certificate.  Should the candidate choose to convert to the Senior Certificate, they may not revert to the NSC and attempt to complete the NSC qualification.
  • Adult candidates who have already obtained a qualification but wish to improve their results/status.

The Subjects Offered for Senior Certificate Examination 2022

The subjects listed below which are part of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement of the National Senior Certificate, will be offered as part of the amended Senior Certificate. The subjects will in essence be the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements of the National Senior Certificate, excluding the School-Based Assessment (SBA) component.

Each candidate must offer six subjects in order to qualify for the Senior Certificate (as amended). Adults who have approved Senior Certificate subject credits, but do not comply with the required six-subject package, must select the remaining required subjects from the following list of 34 adapted National Senior Certificate subjects

Senior Certificate subjects credits that were passed prior to June 2015, at Higher Grade and Standard Grade levels, excluding Lower Grade conversions, will be recognized.

With the exception of Business English N3, Second Language, and/or Sake Afrikaans N3, Second Language, no N3 subjects will be recognized.

In the case of learners, who have attempted the National Senior Certificate examination, but were unable to complete all the subject requirements, such candidates will have all their previous credits recognised.

Afrikaans Home language13300019
Afrikaans First Additional Language13310029
English Home Language13300039
English First Additional Language13310049
IsiNdebele Home Language13300059
IsiNdebele First Additional Language13310069
IsiXhosa Home Language13300079
IsiXhosa First Additional Language13310090
IsiZulu Home Language13300099
IsiZulu First Additional Language13310109
Sepedi Home Language13300119
Sepedi First Additional Language13310129
Sesotho Home Language13300139
Sesotho First Additional Language13310149
Setswana Home Language13300159
Setswana First Additional Language13310169
SiSwati Home Language13300179
SiSwati First Additional Language13310189
Tshivenda Home Language13300199
Tshivenda First Additional Language13310209
Xitsonga Home Language13300219
Xitsonga First Additional Language13310229

Table B1: Agriculture



Agricultural Sciences


Table B2: Business, Commerce and Management Studies

Business Studies12320259

Table B3: Human and Social Studies

Religion Studies16320299

Table B4: Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences

Computer Applications Technology19320309
Information Technology19320319
Life Sciences19320329
Mathematical Literacy19320339
Physical Sciences19320359
Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements for the above-listed Senior Certificate subjects are available here. 

Candidates that qualify to write the Senior Certificate examination will write the examination in May/June 2021. Candidates writing the Senior Certificate will be exempt from School Based Assessment, and this implies that the examination in the subject will constitute 100% of the final mark.

Examinations will be administered at designated examination centres determined by the Provincial Education Department. The examination may also be offered by the independent assessment bodies accredited by Umalusi.

Promotion requirements 

A Senior Certificate will be achieved by an adult candidate who satisfies the following requirements in these examinations:

  1. Pass three subjects at 40%, one of which must be an official language at Home Language level.
  2. Pass two subjects at 30%, one of which must be an official language at First Additional or Home Language level.
  3. Obtain a subminimum of 20% in the sixth subject.
For information on registration criteria, subject choices and promotion requirements visit the Senior Certificate page on

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