IEB National Senior Certificate (IEB NSC) – Grade

The IEB provides Umalusi accredited examinations in all subjects recognised in the NSC for the schools that are registered with it.

Facts about the IEB NSC:
  • The IEB NSC is an internationally benchmarked qualification and is equivalent to Cambridge AS level.
The IEB produces consistent, reliable results in the Grade 12 National Senior Certificate:
  • Average pass rate is between 97% and 98%
  • Pass with entry to degree study, between 78% and 80%
A study carried out at the University of Cape Town in 2008 noted that:
  • 25% of first degree graduates at UCT in 2007 came from IEB schools
  • On average over a 3 year period, the throughput rate of learners from IEB schools was 98%
The IEB assesses the following NSC subjects for all IEB and State schools:
  • All non-official languages i.e. Arabic, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Modern Greek, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu
  • Equine Studies
  • Nautical Science
  • Maritime Economics
  • Sports and Exercise Science
IEB Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy option

This option is available to IEB schools only. Its purpose is to retain learners offering Mathematics who may have changed to Mathematical Literacy at the start of their Grade 12 year. We believe that the most common reasons why learners would opt to participate in the project are:
  • Fear of failing Mathematics and possibly, in the process, failing the NSC;
  • Fear of getting less than 50% in Mathematics and hence not qualifying for a BD pass;
  • Fear of not achieving a sufficiently high admission points score (APS) to enter university or their choice of study.
Note: Only one option will appear on the NSC certificate

To find out how to register email Entry & Resulting

Find out how to download resources for these subjects

Read more about the NSC requirements and the curriculum

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