UNISA Matric Bridging courses


There are many paths to studying at UNISA, even if your Matric does not meet the requirements for the course you are looking at. There are three ways your can start toward the qualification you would like to be studying: 

  • Rewrite or Upgrade your Matric 
  • Start at a lower level qualification, such as Higher Certificate or Diploma, at UNISA
  • Try a different institution, which may have lower entry requirements

Redo your matric

A path that many students take if they fail or do not do well enough to gain entry to university is to redo their matric.

Regardless of whether you would like to redo your Matric entirely, or simply Upgrade the marks you have, there are many institutions that specialise in helping you redo your matric, such as Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, Matric College, or Skills Academy. You can also go back to the school where you did your matric previously. 


Start a lower level qualification at UNISA

Most people want to start with a Bachelors degree at UNISA. However, if you do not have a good enough matric certificate you may not meet the entry requirements.

One excellent way is to use lower level qualifications as a bridging course. Carefully look at the certificate and diploma courses that are associated with the degree you want to study.

The entry requirements for certificates and diplomas will be lower than the Bachelor’s degree, and you can often get into a Bachelor’s degree by completing the certificate and diploma levels first.

Try a different institution from UNISA

If you are wanting to work and study at the same time, you can try accredited ICB courses in the following categories:

  • Financial accounting
  • Business management
  • Office administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public sector accounting


If you get your full qualification, this can give you entry to many different qualifications, such as CIMA.

There are many different private distance learning colleges that offer accredited ICB courses, such as Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, Ember Academy, Learning Group, Matric College, and Skills Academy. 

ICB Bookkeeping Qualifications At Bellview Institute Of Distance Learning:

ICB Bookkeeping Qualifications At Ember Academy

ICB Bookkeeping Qualifications At Learning Group:

ICB Bookkeeping Qualifications At Matric College:

ICB Bookkeeping Qualifications At Skills Academy:

All five of these colleges are Distance Learning. This means you will study from the comfort of your own home. This also means study time is flexible, so you can study at your own pace, while you work. If you have completed and passed your Matric, you can start at the NQF4 level. If not, you will still be able to study these courses by starting at the NQF3 level. 

About NQF and Entry Requirements for Each ICB course

ICB National Certificate in Junior Bookkeeping (NQF3):

The ICB National Certificate in Junior Bookkeeping is an NQF Level 3 qualification, meaning it does not require matric to study it. 

Entry requirements: 

  • You must have Grade 10, or equivalent 
  • You must be at least 16 years of age 

ICB FET Certificate in Senior Bookkeeping (NQF4)

As an NQF Level 4 qualification, the ICB FET Certificate in Senior Bookkeeping does need prior knowledge on the subject, as do all qualifications above NQF Level 3. 

Entry requirements: 

  • Completion of the ICB National Certificate in Junior Bookkeeping 


  • Be a certified Junior Bookkeeper 

ICB National Diploma in Technical Financial Accounting (NQF5)

Entry requirements:

  • Completed ICB FET Certificate in Senior Bookkeeping 


  • Completed ICB National Diploma in Public Sector Accounting 


  • Be a certified Senior Bookkeeper 

ICB National Diploma in Certified Financial Accounting (NQF6)

Entry requirements:

  • ICB National Diploma in Technical Financial Accounting 

Author: Chloe Bydawell 
Editor: Chloe Bydawell 
Last Updated: 21 February 2022