Going back to school and receiving a National Senior Certificate is never too late a mission, just ask legendary musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.

Music icon Mabuse dropped out of school at Grade 11 in 1969 to pursue a career in music; but in 2012, at the age of 60, Mabuse completed his matric at Peter Lengene Adult Basic Education Training School in Soweto. His next step: a masters degree in anthropology.

In order for Mabuse’s dream to study anthropology to become reality, he must be armed with a NSC. An NSC allows an opportunity to access a variety of post-school opportunities such as admission to colleges, universities and other higher education institutions; as well as opportunities such as admission to learnerships and internships, and finding entry-level employment.

If you are also thinking of going back to complete your matric, here’s what you need to keep in mind:

You can complete an N3 (NATED) certificate or an NCV4 (National Certificate: Vocational) at any public or private college or training centre

The minimum (lowest level) requirements you need to pass Matric are:

  • 40% or more in 3 subjects (1 subject must be your Home Language)
  • 30% or more in 3 other subjects
  • You can fail or get less that 30% for 1 subject, including your first additional language but
  • not your Home Language.

To qualify for an NSC (Matric Certificate), you must have a minimum of 7 subjects, including:

  • official languages (1 at Home Language Level)
  • Mathematical Literacy or Mathematics
  • Life Orientation
  • 3 other National Senior Certificate (NSC) approved subjects

Perhaps a fully-funded bursary or scholarship might come in handy after receiving your NSC? Here's a list a list of where to find bursaries and scholarships.