National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) - Dubbed the Matric on Demand

The purpose of the NASCA is as follows: The National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) aims to provide evidence that the adult learners are equipped with a sufficiently substantial basis of discipline-based knowledge, skills and values to enhance meaningful social, political and economic participation, to form a basis for further and/or more specialist learning and possibly to enhance the likelihood of employment. In these respects, the NASCA promotes the holistic development of adult learners. The intention is also that the quality of the learning offered by the NASCA will reinvigorate an interest in learning for many who have had negative experiences in school.

  • The NASCA aims to service an identifiable need in the basic adult education system, not currently met by other qualifications on the NQF and to create pathways for further learning. It is designed to provide opportunities for people who have limited or no access to continuing education and training opportunities.


  • The National Senior Certificate for Adults (NASCA) qualification is a qualification at NQF Level 4 on the General and Further Education and Training Qualifications Sub-Framework.

  • The NASCA provides a general educational pathway for adult learners. Its focus, through broad, discipline-based curricula, is to build a reliable general education underpinned by the necessary cognitive proficiencies to support further study.

  • Achievement of the NASCA will indicate that the successful candidate has studied for and achieved competence, which can be described, in a general educational qualification at NQF Level 4 on the NQF, which like the National Senior Certificate is quality assured and certified by Umalusi.

  • The NASCA is offered as a set of challenge examinations for which adult learners may prepare in any way they choose. The qualification has no formal learning programme requirements that need to be completed in order to register to write a subject. However, the demands of the subject are likely to be such that most people wishing to write the NASCA will benefit from participating voluntarily in a formal learning programme offered by a public or private college.

  • The NASCA examination provides people with an opportunity to indicate what they know through taking a series of examinations. Should candidates wish to improve their results in the NASCA they may register and write a subject more than once.

  • The structure of the NASCA accommodates a variety of education delivery options; face-to-face, distance, or a combination of the two as well as the possibility of private tuition or self-study. Full-time and part-time study can be accommodated by the qualification structure and design.

  • Imagine a student writing 4 x 1 hour papers and achieving a matric. A student can write this adult matric multiple times until he/she passes a

t any accredited private or public college and get a matric issued by the Umalusi Council and registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training

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