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False Bay College Engineering

National Certificate N2-N3:

National Certificate


Westlake Campus
About this programme


The NATED Report 191: N2-N3 Engineering programmes are being phased out.

As of Trimester 1 of 2024: there will be no new applications for N1.

The last new intake for N2 – N3 will be Trimester 1 of 2024. Trimester 2 will be the last intake of N3 students.

This means that the College will only enrol students on N1 and N2 who have outstanding subjects on these levels for Trimester 1 of 2024.

From Trimester 2 of 2024, to Trimester 3 of 2025, the College will accept enrolments for N1 – N3 for those students who have outstanding subjects on these levels.

This opportunity will be offered via different modes of delivery

This is the traditional apprentice career path to becoming an artisan.

After completing N2, the apprentice will also be required to complete the institutionalised modular training or Competency Based Modular Training (CBMT). These modules are facilitated in 3-4 blocks of 10 weeks each (each block being a level). After successful completion and workplace experience, the apprentice may apply for the Trade Test.


Minimum Admission requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

  • N2 or equivalent.
Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

You will be able to take up a position as an apprentice or learner technician to gain necessary industrial experience to be able to take a Trade Test in your chosen trade.


The programme runs for a trimester (3-month period)/10 weeks per certificate.
Course Content

Course content

N1 Certificate

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Structural Steel Drawing
  • Platers Theory

N2 Certificate

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Science
  • Structural Steel Drawing
  • Platers Theory



Students are equipped with mathematical skills in the following learning areas: Basic operations, equations, word problems and manipulation, exponents and logarithms, factorisation, algebraic graphs, trigonometry, mensuration and percentages. Students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge to problems in a real-life context and solve problems related to their trades.

Engineering Science

Engineering Science can be defined as the application of mathematics, science, economics and practical knowledge to invent, innovate, design, maintain and research structures and machines. The syllabus makes provisions to cover all these aspects. Students will be equipped with the following subject knowledge: Dynamics; Statics; Energy, Work and Power; Heat; Particle Structure of Matter; Electricity.

Structural Steel Drawing

Technical drawings of basic models that fall within the ambit of Fabrication (boilermaking) and related trades.

Platers Theory

This course is the minimum theoretical exit level requirement for students who are pursuing the trade qualification of Artisan Plater, Boilermaker or Pipe Fitter. The student must be taught and found competent in the following topics: Safety and Machines, Rolling and Bending, General Pipe Work, Steel Structures, Templates, Metals, Gas Welding and Cutting, Arc Welding, and Calculations.

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