The key to your future is education, and it’s never too late to get yours. If you’d like to study and you haven’t completed Matric, then you may be interested in completing your Technical Matric. According to Oxbridge Academy, a Technical Matric is “an N3-level national qualification that offers a more practical alternative to the National Senior Certificate (Grade 12).”


There are a few important differences between Matric and Technical Matric. These differences will be explained below:


The vocational focus

The main difference between Matric and Technical Matric is the vocational focus. A Technical Matric provides career-specific education. If you want to develop the practical skills relevant to a particular job, this is something to consider. A Technical Matric is especially useful for people working in technical jobs in fields such as engineering.

If you didn’t complete Matric at school, and you would like to work in a technical field, then a Technical Matric is a great option for you. Your N3 Technical Matric can be completed at any stage of your life, part-time and from home via distance learning. This option will allow you to study while you are working and will build your skill set specifically for the technical job you’re in or would like to have.


The subjects

While the Matric syllabus is academic and theoretically focused, a Technical Matric is more practical and prepares you for specific roles in the working world. A Technical Matric is made up of six subjects, including Business English, Sake Afrikaans, and four technical subjects on N3 level. Combining your Technical Matric with skills development courses or vocational programmes can further increase your professional value.


The opportunities

A Matric can get you into university, while a Technical Matric might not. A Technical Matric can, however, open up many opportunities in terms of jobs and further studies at N4 level. A Technical Matric can be really helpful “when applying for apprenticeships and entry-level technician jobs” (Source). Furthermore, if you currently work in a technical field, a Technical Matric can increase your chances of getting a promotion. This can improve your prospects of becoming a team leader or assuming a more managerial role, which can increase your earning power.


Types of jobs available in technical fields:

  • Field technician
  • Technical support engineer
  • Maintenance planner
  • Production foreman
  • Boilermaker
  • Fitter and turner
  • Electrical engineering technician
  • Millwright
  • Petrol/diesel mechanic


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The Oxbridge Academy Technical Matric Certificate is accredited by Umalusi and takes one year to complete. By studying through a distance learning institution, you avoid transport issues and expenses, as you study at home instead of attending classes. And with Oxbridge Academy, you can pay off your studies in monthly instalments, and your textbooks will be included in your course fee.


So unlock your potential today by investing in yourself and your future. If you would like to find out more about the options available to you without Matric, consider reading this blog post: Did You Know? You Can Study Further Without Matric.