Exams and University
Important Information on Exam Registration and University Applications
Where to Write Exams
One of the many attractions of the International GCSE and AS-Level Qualification for which we offer support is that they may be written almost anywhere in the world, either at registered schools that accept private candidates or through British Council offices.
So although I.I.C. is not yet a registered examination centre (Due to our being a 100% online/distance learning institution) you should be able to write your exams wherever you are based. As long as any of the registered Schools in your area that offer these exams accept independent candidates or the British Council office in your city is a registered examination centre and offers the International GCSE and AS-Level exams – you will be able to study through I.I.C. and register to write your exams via your chosen centre.
Registered Schools that Accept Private Candidates
To learn more about being a private candidate and find a school in your area visit this webpage – We recommend directly contacting any schools that you find listed and confirming whether they do in fact accepts private candidates as this list can from time to time be outdated.
British Council Offices that Offer the Exams
To find out if there is a British Council that offers International GCSE and AS-Level examinations in your country and city – select your country from the list on this webpage and then search their website for examinations that are offered, alternatively, contact them to confirm whether or not they offer exams and in which cities.
I.I.C. provides its students with the necessary exam registration information when registration opens. However if you would like to register it is incumbent on the student and/or their parents to follow through with the registration process.
How to Apply to Institutes of Tertiary Education
How you apply to tertiary education institutes depends on your chosen course of study through us as well as the location of the tertiary institution.
It is VITAL that you do some research upfront. Begin with the end in mind, i.e. have an idea of where you would like to end up studying. You do not have to have an exact goal in mind but you do need to have a few options and understand the minimum requirements for each option.
Decide on both the location and type of tertiary studies you would like to do (i.e. you might want to study medicine in South Africa or perhaps a degree in Journalism in America or even an Interior design course in Europe).
Once you know what you want to study you need to contact an institution that offers your chosen course in the location that you wish to study and you need to find out all of the requirements for entry into that course.
Once you have this information you will be able to go through our Subject Choice Guidelines process and decide on the best route for your studies with I.I.C. and thereafter.
Based on these subject choices and your chosen route of study you can select one of the buttons below to find more information on the steps required to prepare for your application to Tertiary Education institutes.
South African Institutes
If you are unsure of any of the above topics please contact us and we will gladly explain them in more detail.
Process for receiving a Matriculation Certificate WITH Exemption from Universities South Africa (USAF)
Universities South Africa are the governing body who have determined the minimum requirements for a student who has studied International GCSE and AS-Level qualifications to obtain a Matriculation Certificate WITH Exemption.
This certificate is required by students who wish to enrol for undergraduate Bachelor Degree studies at a South African University. This certificate can only be obtained from USAF.
USAF requires the following documentation when applying for a full or foreign conditional exemption certificate:
- Copies of foreign qualifications certified as correct by the registrar of a South African university, a South African Embassy or Consulate in a foreign country or a public notary – result slips, faxes and copies certified by a commissioner of oaths are not acceptable
- A certified copy of your South African identity document (in the case of permanent residents only) or a valid foreign passport reflecting your full names and date of birth, passport number and photograph or a certified copy of your birth certificate
- A completed M30E Form
Tel: +27 (0)10 591 4401/2
Email: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Universities South Africa
Cnr. Rissik and Steve Biko Street
PO Box 27392
Process for having foreign qualification evaluated by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
South African Qualifications Authority are the governing body who will evaluate a qualification for a student who has studied a foreign qualification and not met the minimum requirements for Matriculation Certificate WITH Exemption but has met the minimum requirements for a Matriculation Certificate WITHOUT Exemption or alternatively a Grade 11 equivalent.
This evaluation and recognition is generally required by students who wish to enrol for Bachelor of Technology, Diploma or Higher Certificate studies at a South African University of Technology or Registered Higher Education Institute.
The evaluation process is outlined on the SAQA website – however we recommend contacting them for the most accurate information on how to have your qualification evaluated.
Tertiary Institutes for International Studies (i.e. Outside of South Africa)
The International GCSE and AS-Level qualifications prepare students extensively for international studies and offer an academic standard that is well recognised by tertiary institutes around the globe.
Due to I.I.C. being a South African based company, alongside the miriad opportunities for studying abroad we do not have as simple a road map for students wanted to study outside of South Africa. Despite this we can offer the following points in guidance to students who’s desire it is to continue their studies internationally.
- If you intend to study outside of South Africa you will not require a second language. However there might be other requirements that are specific to your country of choice. This is why the next step is vital.
- Always start with the end in mind. Contact your institutes of choice in the countries that you might go to for your tertiary studies and request as much information on their minimum requirements for entry to your courses of choice.
- Much like South Africa – Foreign countries have multiple level of tertiary studies. Students can get access to certain institutes with only International GCSE results while other institutes may require full A-Level qualifications for entry to their more academically strenuous programs. (I.I.C. does not yet offer full A-Level qualifications as it goes beyond the requirements of a South African Matric)
- Find out if your institutes of choice offer or require an entrance exam as this may be required as an extra condition for acceptance despite your International GCSE or AS-Level qualification.