Can I Study Teaching With Amended Senior Certificate?

I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now: the Senior Certificate isn’t what it used to be. After being amended in 2017, this qualification has been changed from an academic qualification into more of an enhanced skillset. But don’t worry, you can still use it to prepare for a career in teaching!

Can I Study Teaching With Amended Senior Certificate?

Yes, you can study teaching with an amended senior certificate. In South Africa, you need to have at least a 3 in your Senior Certificate to be able to apply for entry into a tertiary institution and qualify for registration as a teacher. The University of the Witwatersrand accepts students with amended certifications who have scored 65% or higher for their VET subjects (with at least 50% in English language).

One of the most important things that one needs to consider when applying for this course is whether it will suit their lifestyle and interests. The courses are only offered during weekdays so anyone who works full-time will find it difficult to juggle work and school commitments.

Apart from this factor, there are no other requirements from the university itself that must be met before applying for this course such as an eye test or proof of identity etc., so just make sure that you meet all of Wits’ admission requirements before filling out any application forms!


The entry requirements for teaching depend on the type of school you want to work in. All schools, however, require a relevant teaching qualification and a degree. If your studies are not from South Africa, you will have to have an NQF level 8 qualification or higher.

You must also be able to document that you’ve had experience working with children at some point during your studies or after graduation.


We’re here to help you. If you have any questions about studying teaching with an amended senior certificate, contact the body at their head offices in Johannesburg or Cape Town. They will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you make the right decision for your future.

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