Complete Grade 10 and 11 in one year to prepare you for Grade 12 thereafter.

It’s never too late to achieve your goal
of obtaining your National Senior Certificate.

If you are over 18 and have a computer with Internet access,
you can achieve your Matric from Brainline within only two years!

* This course is ideal for anyone over the age of 18 who wishes to obtain a National Senior Certificate.

* This course requires a fairly new computer, printer, scanner and Internet access to complete assignments and download  curriculum updates.

* Oral assessments are moderated at our centres. Please be aware that this requires your attendance in person.

* Receive your curriculum on DVD, supplemented by textbooks where required. Install the Brainline application on your Windows-based computer.

* This course requires an independent invigilator for formal assessment, who’ll supervise and control the examinations conducted in your environment. *Call us should your circumstances make the appointment of an invigilator impossible.

* Complete your Grade 10 and Grade 11 in one year, and enrol for Grade 12 in the second year. (This Gr 10 or 11 certificate cannot be transferred to other academic institutions.)

* This course contains compulsory scheduled tasks, tests and oral assignments, as well as practical sessions in some subjects. Please note that the practical for those subjects may require attendance at our Montana centre in Pretoria.

Study from the convenience of your own environment

Distance education is exciting, challenging and very rewarding. Brainline is a leading online distance education provider, and offers you a quality self-study curriculum and assessment in accordance with legislation. This means that you can trust Brainline to assist you on your journey as you work towards your fully accredited National Senior Certificate.

Peace of mind in quality assessment

Brainline is registered with the Independent Examinations Board (IEB), known for its high educational standards and outstanding commitment to quality assessment. Brainline’s registration with the IEB enables learners to be assured of quality assessment in accordance with policy.

Admission Requirements

Candidates applying for this course should be over the age of 18, and have basic computer skills.

Your total commitment

Distance education gives you the freedom to study in your own environment, in your own time. Remember that this course will require commitment and hard work over the next two years.

You will also find that you will be required to attend assessment sessions (such as orals and practicals) at one of our centres.

Online Assessment

Assessment takes place on This is where we communicate with you, and where you download, complete and upload all your formal assessment assignments. You need to visit brainONLINE at least once a week to stay up-to-date with your studies.

Except for the final exam in Grade 12, all other exams are completed over the Internet in your own environment, under the supervision of a registered (with us) independent invigilator.

Grade 12 final examinations are written at one of our five centres (Montana in Pretoria, Rivonia in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein in the OFS, Umhlanga in KZN or Stellenbosch in the Western Cape).

To enable you to sit for the examinations, please be aware of the fact that you need to be in possession of a valid identity document as well as your examination letter (declaring your times, dates and list of the subjects that you are enrolled for).


In order to qualify for a National Senior Certificate, a learner must achieve a minimum of 40% or more in 3 subjects (one of the 3 subjects must be an official language at Home Language level) and a minimum of 30% or more in 3 other subjects. In order to qualify for entry into further study at the Higher Certificate level, Diploma level and Bachelor Degree level, higher results are required. Visit for more information.

We offer a wide variety of Subjects

You should complete 7 subjects to qualify for a National Senior Certificate;
one home language, a first additional language, Mathematics or Mathematical
Literacy, Life Orientation, and a minimum of 3 NSC approved subjects.


Afrikaans Huistaal & Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal

‘n Taal stel homself ten doel om die volgende by elke leerder te bevorder: Deur taal doeltreffend te leer gebruik, word ‘n leerder in staat gestel om homself voldoende te laat geld in geskrewe sowel as mondelingse kommunikasie. Deur die lees- en skryfvermoë van ‘n leerder te verbeter, kan hy sy kreatiewe denke, sy vermoë om te leer, sowel as sy vermoë tot logiese denke verbeter. Daar is verskeie leeruitkomstes wat in ‘n taal behandel word: Luister en Praat, Lees en Kyk, Skryf en aanbied, Taal.

English Home Language & English First Additional Language

A language has the purpose of teaching all learners the following: By learning to use a language well, a learner is taught the skill to communicate effectively in written as well as verbal communication. By improving the reading and writing skills of a learner, one can have a direct improvement on skills regarding creative thought processes, the ability to study well and improve logical thought processes. There are numerous learning outcomes associated with language: Listening and Speaking, Reading and Observing, Writing and Presenting, Language.

IsiZulu First Additional Language

Brainline now offers IsiZulu as a Home Language as well as an Additional Language.



Mathematics enables creative and logical reasoning about problems in the physical- and social world and in the context of Mathematics itself. It is a distinctly human activity practised by all cultures. Knowledge in the mathematical sciences is constructed through the establishment of descriptive, numerical and symbolic relationships. Mathematics is based on observing patterns; with rigorous logical thinking, this leads to theories of abstract relations. Mathematical problem solving enables us to understand the world and make use of that understanding in our daily lives. Mathematics is developed and contested over time through both language and symbols by social interaction and is thus open to change.

Mathematical Literacy

Mathematical Literacy provides learners with an awareness and understanding of the role that Mathematics plays in the modern world. Mathematical Literacy is a subject driven by life-related applications of Mathematics. It enables learners to develop the ability and confidence to think numerically and spatially in order to interpret and critically analyse everyday situations and to solve problems.

Life Orientation

Life Orientation

Life Orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and to society. It applies a holistic approach. It is concerned with the personal, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, motor and physical growth and development of learners, and the way in which these dimensions are interrelated and expressed in life. The focus is the development of self-in-society, and this encourages the development of balanced and confident learners who will contribute to a just and democratic society, a productive economy, and an improved quality of life for all.

Additional Subjects


The student learns how a business keeps record of all the transactions that takes place during a financial year. The whole flow of business will be covered from the moment inventory is bought/manufactured to the selling, capturing in the general journal and general ledger to finalization of the transaction to compile a trial balance, income statement and balance sheet. We will also look at different forms of business which include partnerships, companies, etc.

* It is advisable that you take full Mathematics at least up to Grade 11.

Agricultural Sciences

Currently only presented in English. Agricultural Sciences MUST be taken in combination with either Life Sciences OR Physical Sciences.

Business Studies

The subject deals with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values critical for informed, productive, ethical and responsible participation in the formal and informal economic sectors. The subject encompasses business principles, theory and practice that underpin the development of entrepreneurial initiatives, sustainable enterprises and economic growth.

Computer Applications Technology

This is a practical based subject in which you utilise the various Microsoft Office Programs. It consists of two sections namely theory and Practical. Practical involves all the Microsoft Office Programs like Excel, Word, Access, Publisher as well as PowerPoint. The theory teaches the student how a computer works, as well as the technical details on hardware and software. Internet concepts such as e-mail, web browsing, internet security, social implications and computer crimes that occur on a daily basis are explored.  You are required to buy software for this subject.

Consumer Studies

The subject focuses on developing knowledge, skills, values and attitudes in learners to enable them to become responsible and informed consumers of food, clothing, housing, furnishings and household equipment and to use resources optimally and in a sustainable manner. The subject also promotes the application of knowledge and skills in the production of quality marketable products that will meet consumer needs. This subject has compulsory workshops.


The study of how individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations within our society choose to use scarce resources to satisfy their numerous needs and wants in a manner that is efficient and equitable.

* It is advisable that you take full Mathematics at least up to Grade 11.

Engineering Graphics and Design

The subject integrates the cognitive and manipulative skills that are used to design and communicate graphically. The subject combinations lines and symbols to render services and design processes and systems that contribute to economic growth and enhanced quality of life. Consists of both theory and practical elements. You are required to buy software (TurboCAD Deluxe 21) for this subject.


A science that studies physical and human processes and spatial patterns on Earth in an integrated way over space and time. It examines the spatial distribution of people and their activities, physical and human made features, ecosystems and interactions between humans, and between humans and the environment in a dynamic context.


The study of change and development in society over time and space. It also draws on archaeology, palaeontology, genetics and oral history to interrogate the past. The study of History enables us to understand and evaluate how past human action impacts on the present and influences the future.

Life Sciences

The subject involves the systematic study of life in the changing natural- and human-made environment. This systematic study involves critical inquiry, reflection, and the understanding of concepts and processes and their application in society.

Physical Sciences

Learners are taught scientific inquiry and problem solving in a variety of scientific, technological, socio-economical and environmental contexts. The construction and application of scientific and techno-logical knowledge is a key outcome for this subject and the learner is taught competency in the nature of science and its relationship to technology, society and the environment.

The six core areas of learning in Physical Sciences are matter and materials, chemical systems, chemical change, mechanics, waves sound and light and electricity and magnetism. The subject will have theoretical aspects where the learner will study core concepts and ideas. It will also have some practical aspects where the learner will have to either design and conduct experiments or conduct predefined experiments. A research component will also be presented where the learner will have to conduct research on a specific topic and produce a report according to a predefined format.


The subject involves the study of why people travel and how to meet their needs and expectations. It focuses on the tourism industry as an interrelated, broad and dynamic economic sector. The subject addresses tourism geography, creates an awareness of the role played by South Africa in the international tourism industry, and investigates and evaluates the value of tourism to a country. The subject emphasises the responsibility of all citizens to contribute towards responsible and sustainable tourism practices and socioeconomic growth. The value and importance of appropriate and clear communication, a respect for diversity, and the provision of quality service are highlighted. This subject comprises of a theoretical component as well as a practical online component.