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What makes a successful “second chancer”?

Choosing to study again, in an online space can be daunting. Is it something you would be successful at? This is a question only you can answer, but we think so. And it’s possible — with UCT Online High School for Adult Matric.
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As with anything worth doing, choosing to study again can feel like a mountain. Even the thought of it! When you start factoring in the current commitments and responsibilities you need to take care of and the fact that it’s an online learning system. Let’s start with the qualities you need to have or should develop to make it:

A strong, self-motivated work ethic

Firstly, the stage of life you’re in will dictate how drastic a change you need to make. Whether you are a full-time employee, a stay-at-home guardian, a business owner or a person who’d like to help someone else realise their potential, you will need to determine whether being an Adult Matric is possible, is there a willingness and desire to learn? Having this makes the rest a little easier.

Ability to meet deadlines and take ownership of assignments

A strong, self-motivated work ethic is important because the Adult Matric learner will have to take ownership of their learning journey and meet certain deadlines. Our dedicated team of Support Coaches, help you along the way as accountability partners and progressing requires that you put a good amount of effort into your learning. You will also be supported by Technical Support Officers who will be available to offer tech assistance during tests and exams. Outside of your work ethic, you will simply need time to do this. Twenty hours a week! 

A minimum time commitment of 20 hours per week

This works out to just under 3 hours per day. We believe that anyone can achieve success at any age, it will just need some time. Our Structured Flexibility allows you to structure your days to best suit your needs. Modules are released weekly and need to be completed by the end of the week. The same applies to Cycle Tests and Examinations, which will need to be written at set times according to the academic calendar.

Technical proficiency

As an Adult Matric learner, you need to know your way around a computer. How to work functions like Word, the internet, and apps. How to scan and sometimes print documents. These are all things that can be learnt. You don’t need to know how to write code or be an IT specialist. Our orientation programme will help you get familiar with the learning platform and offer clarity on the entire process.

How Adult Matric Works at UCT Online High School

Technical proficiency is important to navigate the following: learning content which will be delivered on our Learning Management System. This will also be where you submit your work back for grading. You will need to be able to access and upload content on this learning platform. We’ve built an Individual Mastery learning model, which allows you to divide up your attention as and when you see fit, as long as all the content is fit into the set schedule, Monday through Friday. You can move along the weekly content at your own rhythm, as long as you meet the required deadlines, and when you encounter content that you need more help with, there will be remediation measures taken to help you learn what you need to. All this also requires that you be able to use the internet. If you made it this far, you are probably at a good proficiency level.

The benefits of returning for your Adult Matric

There are a few reasons to take that decision to go back to your studies, even though this, can at times, be frowned upon. It has the potential to transform your entire life. This one decision to get your Adult Matric could open up a set of opportunities you’ve never had access to, maybe a person or idea. Perhaps it leads to even more learning. What if you could still become a doctor or landscape architect? If a university degree is a goal you’d still like to get to, then Adult Matric is a great path there. It’s never too late to realise your dreams!

Apply now!

If you need to find out more about our Adult Matric Programme, download the info pack. Alternatively, you can book a call with one of our Admissions Consultants, call us on +27 21 140 1792 or email us on

We can’t wait to help you achieve success at any age because you are UCT Online High School! 

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