A Higher Certificate Pass is just above the minimum pass requirement that a student can achieve for their matric NSC. It is below the Diploma Pass but above the minimum NSC pass requirement, which reveals the minimum that a student can attain to pass their matric year, but often does not allow for the student to pursue any university education post-matric.
Nonetheless, the Higher Certificate Pass is still an essential pass level as it allows for the student to attain provisional entrance into any college or certificate course offered in South Africa.
Like the Diploma Pass, the Higher Certificate Pass does not allow the student to pursue studies at a degree level, but there are career options available for study with this pass level.
With a Higher Certificate Pass, a prospective student has the chance to study in programmes such as certified bookkeeping which includes three streams of study: financial accounting, business management, and office administration.
Furthermore, the student can also pursue educare, human resources management, becoming a legal secretary, marketing management, and so on.
The student also has the option to study courses that do not require a matric certificate at all, such as: beauty courses, childcare, tourism, event planning and wedding planning among other things.
It must, however, be noted that the requirements for these study options may differ between different institutions.
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