Homeschooling in South Africa

Are you interested in homeschooling in South Africa?

Why should you as a South African choose CambriLearn for homeschooling?

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Why should you use Cambridge International education for homeschooling in South Africa? It is examined and recognised in 160 countries and accepted for admission to universities globally and locally.

Let’s look at the top 10 reasons for doing Matric through Cambridge:

  1. Few subjects for Matric university exemption – only 5 required instead of 7
  2. You can opt out of Afrikaans as a second language (though Cambridge offers Afrikaans too) or do French
  3. You can opt out of Maths and still get a South African Matric school-leaving certificate
  4. You can split subjects over two years (for university exemption – e.g. take 3 subjects in year one and then 2 subjects the following year) or even take longer (as long as you like, if not wanting to go to university)
  5. You can rewrite exams an unlimited number of times: only your best scores count
  6. You can sit exams twice a year – May/June and October/November every year, except for Afrikaans which is only examined at the end of the year
  7. You can merge your results from Cambridge with NSC report card from SACA/Impaq/O levels
  8. You can sit just one subject if you need to improve your Matric results or wish to qualify for entrance to a tertiary qualification requiring a subject you never took for CAPS Matric
  9. You can split your Sciences into Physics or Chemistry rather than taking both in Physical Science
  10. You can write exams in 160 countries in the world: Cambridge is considered the best distance learning curriculum worldwide!
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Why CambriLearn for homeschooling in South Africa?

CambriLearn offers British syllabus online education through a platform that is cutting edge and designed with the end user in mind. CambriLearn offers a full tuition solution for home-based British syllabus students.

As a virtual school, CambriLearn offers face to face teaching, continuous assessment, teacher-student forums with live messaging (and instant messaging)  as well as customised video content from Foundation to A Level, covering ages 10 to 19 in the South African school system.

CambriLearn uses full-time, professionally-trained teachers with years of experience teaching the curriculum.

CambriLearn offers the British International system on a digital platform ensuring user-friendly learning and teaching supported by qualified teachers. It’s affordably priced, flexibly offered and allows students to personalise their learning experience and tailor it to each individual’s specific learning time-table. This enables self-paced, personalised learning.

At CambriLearn we require no prior school history or documentation as a pre-requisite for enrollment. We consult with families to advise on the best subject choice and most suitable grade level placement.

Our courses begin at Foundation 1 and 2 which is the stepping stone to high school. This is aimed at ages 10 to 14 years for students in South African schools and the three compulsory core subjects are English, Maths and Combined Science. We offer two other elective subjects: Afrikaans and EMS.

All Foundation exams are administered locally at your centre or in the home and are marked by CambriLearn teachers (except for EMS which is examinable by assignment only and is based on our proprietary study guide). CambriLearn Foundation tuition fees include exams as a standard part of the Premium yearly package.

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British syllabus recognition in South Africa and acceptance to a South African university

You will qualify for university entrance (matric exemption) in South Africa if you meet the following requirements:

Apply for an exemption certificate which costs R500 and takes approximately 6 weeks to process although provisional results from the British international syllabus body can be sent directly to the universities.

You must have met the year for two year sitting: all exams must be taken over a period of two years for full examption (e.g. if you did International GCSE in 2017 you would have to do AS no later than 2019 in order for the exams to be seen as “together”.

Required for Matric exemption:

AS Level

  • 4 subjects at AS minimum D (50%)
  • 1 subject at IGCSE minimum C (60%)


A Level

  • 2 subjects at A level minimum E (40%)
  • 3 subjects at International GCSE minimum C (60%)


  • 3 subjects at A level minimum E (40%)
  • 1 subject at International GCSE minimum C (60%)

Subjects must be spread across specific groups. The table below gives the definite requirements for subject spread. These spread out subjects can be at either International GCSE or AS/A Level.

The additional subjects required to make the correct number of subjects can be picked from any group. For complete AS exemption, 2 languages must be completed to minimum International GCSE level. English must be passed at an “appropriate” level which is usually taken to be AS English.

It is very strongly recommended that Mathematics is taken to International GCSE level. Taking it to AS level is optional.

*Group V subjects require a C (60%) for International GCSE Mathematics to be recognised at AS level.

Please note: we recommend that you consult us before choosing your subjects.

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Exam and other fees

Independent students require an exam centre as they are not schooling through a registered Cambridge International school. Practical subjects are not available to homeschoolers who opt to do Cambridge courses independently i.e. with being enrolled at a private “brick and mortar” school.

Cambridge prescribes textbooks which are additional to tuition fees and vary by provider/institution as to the preferred title or edition.

Registering for exams

AS an independent student or homeschooler you need to write exams at a Cambridge school that accepts “private candidates” or you can write exams a the British Council offices nearest you.

You can find a test centre near you by using the online search function at

You are responsible for making your own exam arrangements with your preferred test centre and must liase directly with them as only private candidates can register themselves.

All schools or exam centres set their own exam fees to cover both Cambridge International costs and the use of their facilities.

You should contact the exam centre at least 3 months ahead of time.

Exams may be written twice a year – in May/June and October/November each year.

Exam timetables may be found on the Cambridge website. Please note that South Africa falls into Administrative Zone 3.

Private tutoring may be required if you need more intensive attention or are on an accelerated learning plan or timetable at R200 to R350 per hour.

Bear in mind though that CambriLearn teachers will have face to face time with students in the form of live Q&A sessions, will provide ongoing feedback through marked assignments and are on-call through the CambriLearn learning platform.

CambriLearn exams and textbooks

Centre test fees vary by venue but typically cost R1800 per subject (for multiple exams) and textbook costs are also variable depending on the source. Lessons are more than just a reiteration of the textbook – the two work together to optimise learning.

AS Level practicals for Science

Science subjects (physics, chemistry and biology) have practical exams and you will need to arrange the use of a laboratory which will come at an extra cost. Laboratory fees need to be negotiated with each facility.

Partner Tutor Centres

We can provide a list of recommended affiliate tutor centres who can provide physical support and mentoring. These centres can charge anywhere from R2,000 to R5,000 per month depending on usage.

Next steps

CambriLearn can change lives through affordable, flexibile and accessible education. We’re waiting to help you with any questions you might have and get you started on the path to learning.

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Please note that all costs quoted above are correct at date of publication and are subject to change.