What Can I Study With Grade 11?

If you have only completed school up to Grade 11, you have study options available to you. Here are your options with a Grade 11 Certificate: 

  • ICB courses
  • CIMA courses
  • Short courses
  • Adult Matric 

All of these courses require below Matric to apply, such as Grade 11 or Grade 10. 

Can I Go To College Without Matric?

Yes, you can study at many reputable colleges without Matric. The above-mentioned courses are offered through some excellent distance learning colleges, such as: 

  • Bellview Institute of Distance Learning
  • Matric College
  • Skills Academy
  • Ember Academy
  • Learning Group

ICB Courses

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) offers a range of accredited courses through reputable distance learning colleges. Their courses are accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO), which means they are recognised as formal qualifications in South Africa. 

ICB courses begin at a range of different levels, and none require Matric to be able to apply. There are three ICB streams of study: 

ICB Study Stream

Entry Requirement

Accepted Equivalent Examples

Business Management

Grade 11 or equivalent

  • National Certificate (Vocational) at NQF Level 3
  • ICB National Certificate in Bookkeeping 

Financial Accounting

Grade 10 or equivalent 

  • National Certificate (Vocational) at NQF Level 2

Office Administration 

Matric or equivalent 

  • National Certificate (Vocational) at NQF Level 4
  • ICB National Certificate in Small Business Financial Management
  • ICB FET Certificate in Bookkeeping

Each of these courses goes up to a Diploma level. ICB qualifications are also recognised internationally, so you can apply for work all over the world with an ICB qualification. 

These are the only three streams of study in ICB courses, but each of them offers a wide range of job opportunities. Also, each level is a qualification, so you can begin working after just your first year of studying. 

Business Management

National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

4

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

48736

Credits

120

Entry Requirements

Grade 11 or Equivalent Certificate  (Bookkeeping: ICB FET Certificate)

Subjects 

  • Business Management 1 (BMT1)
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  • Business Literacy (BUSL)

Career Options

  • Junior Researcher
  • Junior Analyst
  • Sales Assistant

Higher Certificate: Office Administration

Qualification

Higher Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

23619

Credits

240

Entry Requirements

National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management

Subjects 

  • Office and Legal Practice (OLPR)
  • Business Management 2 (BMT2)
  • Marketing Management and Public Relations (MMPR)
  • Financial Statements (FNST)
  • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRLR)

Career Options

  • Senior Office Administrator
  • General Office Manager
  • Customer Service Manager

National Diploma: Financial Accounting

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

20366

Credits

280

Entry Requirements

ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration

Subjects 

  • Business Management 3 (BMT3)
  • Financial Management and Control (FMCL)
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks (FRRF)
  • Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation, topic: Business Management) (RTAP)

Career Options

  • Accounting Officer
  • Business Manager
  • Business Advisor

Financial Accounting

National Certificate: Bookkeeping

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

3

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

58375

Credits

120

Entry Requirements

Grade 10 or Equivalent Certificate

Subjects 

  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  • Payroll and Monthly SARS Returns (PMSR)
  • Computerised Bookkeeping (CPBK)
  • Business Literacy (BUSL)

Career Options

  • Junior Bookkeeper
  • Accounts Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk

Further Education And Training Certificate: Bookkeeping

Qualification

FET Certificate

NQF Level

4

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

58376

Credits

130

Entry Requirements

ICB National Certificate: Bookkeeping

Subjects 

  • Financial Statements (FNST)
  • Cost and Management Accounting (CMGT)

Career Options

  • Senior Bookkeeper
  • Junior Accountant
  • Assistant Accountant

National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

36213

Credits

251

Entry Requirements

ICB Further Education And Training Certificate: Bookkeeping

Subjects 

  • Income Tax Returns (ITRT)
  • Business Law and Accounting Control (BLAC)

Career Options

  • Technical Financial Accountant
  • Accounting Technician
  • Tax Technician

National Diploma: Financial Accounting

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

20366

Credits

280

Entry Requirements

ICB National Diploma: Technical Financial Accounting

Subjects 

  • Corporate Strategy (CRPS)
  • Management Accounting Control Systems (MACS)
  • Financial Reporting and Regulatory Frameworks (FRRF)
  • Research Theory and Practice (by short dissertation; topic: Financial Accounting) (RTAP)

Career Options

  • Financial Accountant
  • Tax Practitioner
  • Tax Consultant

Office Administration

National Certificate: Office Administration

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

23618

Credits

120

Entry Requirements

Matric or Matric Equivalent (Small Business Financial Management: ICB National Certificate or Bookkeeping: ICB National Certificate)

Subjects 

  • Business and Office Administration 1 (BOA1)
  • Bookkeeping to Trial Balance (BKTB)
  • Business Literacy (BUSL)
  • Marketing Management and Public Relations (MMPR)
  • Business Law and Administrative Practice (BLAP)
  • Cost and Management Accounting (CMGT)

Career Options

  • Junior Office Administrator
  • Receptionist
  • Office Assistant

Higher Certificate: Office Administration

Qualification

Higher Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

23619

Credits

240

Entry Requirements

ICB National Certificate: Office Administration

Subjects 

  • Business and Office Administration 2 (BOA2)
  • Human Resources Management and Labour Relations (HRLR)
  • Economics (ECON)

Career Options

  • Senior Office Administrator
  • General Office Manager
  • Labour Relations Administrator

Diploma: Office Administration

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

ICB & QCTO

SAQA ID Number

35958

Credits

360

Entry Requirements

ICB Higher Certificate: Office Administration

Subjects 

  • Business and Office Administration 3 (BOA3)
  • Financial Statements (FNST)
  • Management (MGMT)

Career Options

  • Office Manager
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Administrative Manager

Where Can I Study ICB Courses?

There are many places where you can study ICB courses. Some reputable distance learning colleges that offer these ICB courses are: 

CIMA Courses

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) also offers accredited courses through reputable distance learning colleges. This course goes up to the Degree level, and CIMA courses are also recognised internationally. 

There are four levels of CIMA courses: 

  • Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level
  • Business Accounting: CIMA Operational Level
  • Business Accounting: CIMA Managerial Level
  • Business Accounting: CIMA Strategic Level

 

Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level

Qualification

National Certificate

NQF Level

5

Accredited by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

SAQA ID Number

24418

Credits

120

Entry Requirements

  • Be 16 years or older
  • Have had pure maths as a school subject
  • Be able to read and write in English

Subjects 

  • Fundamentals of Business Economics
  • Fundamentals of Management Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Ethics, Corporate Governance, and Business Law

Career Options

  • Business Manager
  • Management Accountant
  • Business Analyst

Business Accounting: CIMA Operational Level

Qualification

National Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

SAQA ID Number

24406

Credits

240

Entry Requirements

Business Accounting: CIMA Certificate Level

Subjects 

  • Managing Finance in a Digital World
  • Financial Reporting
  • Management Accounting
  • Operational Case Study
  • Operational Gateway

Career Options

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Financial Manager

Business Accounting: CIMA Managerial Level

Qualification

Advanced Diploma

NQF Level

6

Accredited by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

SAQA ID Number

24406

Credits

240

Entry Requirements

Business Accounting: CIMA Operational Level

Subjects 

  • Managing Performance
  • Advanced Financial Reporting
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Management Case Study
  • Managerial Gateway

Career Options

  • Business Analyst
  • Management Accountant
  • Accounts Assistant

Business Accounting: CIMA Strategic Level

Qualification

Professional Qualification: Chartered Management Accountant

NQF Level

7

Accredited by

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

SAQA ID Number

20400

Credits

390

Entry Requirements

Business Accounting: CIMA Managerial Level

Subjects 

  • Strategic Management
  • Financial Strategy
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Case Study
  • Strategic Gateway

Career Options

  • Debtors Clerk
  • Business Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer

Where Can I Study CIMA Courses?

Many distance learning colleges offer CIMA courses, such as: 

Short Courses

Short courses are designed to efficiently teach you the necessary industry skills you will need to begin your career journey. The short courses our partner colleges offer are all open-access. This means the only two entry requirements you must meet are: 

  1. You must be over the age of 16
  2. You must be able to understand, read and write in English
  3. You must be comfortable studying through distance learning

Each college offers a different set of study streams in short courses. 

Short Courses At Matric College

Short Courses At Skills Academy

Short Courses At Ember Academy

Short Courses At Learning Group

Adult Matric

Adult Matric is an option available to those over the age of 21 who did not get to complete their high school education. The only requirement for this is that you have completed up to Grade 9 or equivalent. 

Doing your Adult Matric will equip you with a Senior Certificate (Amended). This will function exactly the same way as a National Senior Certificate (NSC), also known as a school Matric. You can use your Adult Matric to apply for work, or to further your studies. 

Where Can I Study Adult Matric?

There are many reputable distance learning colleges that offer Matric programmes, including Adult Matric, such as: 

Can I Go To University With Grade 11?

No, you cannot attend university with only Grade 11. All universities require you to have Matric (school Matric or Adult Matric) to be able to apply. However, some universities will allow you to apply early using your Grade 11 marks. 

This is to help universities streamline the application process. Universities may grant you provisional entry based on your Grade 11 marks. Then, once your Matric marks have been released, you will submit them to the university. 

The university will then make a final decision about your admission. Note that all universities reserve the right to accept or reject your application as they see fit. 

Can I Get NSFAS Without Matric?

You can, however, this depends on what you are studying. NSFAS funds very specific courses without Matric, and they are: 

  • ABET levels
  • NC (V) levels

If you are not studying ABET levels or NC (V) levels, NSFAS will not grant you funding. You must also meet all other NSFAS requirements. NSFAS reserves the right to grant funding or not, as they see fit. 

What Have We Learned?

  • You can go to college without Matric
  • There is a variety of courses you can study without Matric
  • You cannot go to university without Matric
  • You can use your Grade 11 marks to apply early to universities, but the final decision about your admission will be made based on your Matric marks
  • You can only get NSFAS funding without Matric for very specific courses

 

Author: Chloe Bydawell
Editor: Razeen Dollie
Date: July 7, 2022