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National Certificate (Vocational) [NC(V)]:
Safety in Society NQF Level 2-4

National Certificate (Vocational) [NC(V)]:
Safety in Society
NQF Level 2-4


Westlake Campus
Full Time Studies
About this Programme


This National Certificate (Vocational) gives you the opportunity to make the world a better place and to ensure that justice prevails.

This faculty and its programme develop your knowledge about South-African law principles and contribute to the well-being of our citizens.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Admission requirements

  • Passed Grade 9
  • Not older than 25
  • SA citizen
  • No criminal record
  • Medically fit
  • Passed the psychometric tests
  • No visible tattoos
  • Males Waist: Not more than 102 cm
  • Females Waist: Not more than 88 cm
  • BMI for Males & Females: 18.5 to 25
Career Opportunities

CAREER opportunities

With this qualification you can join the South African Police Service, Metro Police, Law Enforcement, Traffic Police, Military Police, SA National Defence Force, private security services and the National Intelligence Agency.



The NC(V) is a 3-year, Full-Time qualification with a certificate at NQF Level 4.

Course Content

Course content

Fundamental Subjects NQF Level 2-4

  • English First Additional Language
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Skills and Computer Skills

Vocational Core Subjects NQF Level 2-4

  • Governance (Levels 2,3,4)
  • Policing Practices (Levels 2,3,4)
  • Criminal Justice/Criminology (Level 2,3,4)
  • Introduction to Law (Level 2)
  • Criminal Law (Level 3)
  • Law of Procedure and Evidence (Level 4)
  • Compliments & Saluting and Physical wellness/fitness


English First Additional Language:

English language skills and content will be refined: Listening and Speaking, Reading and Viewing, Writing and Presenting, Language and Communication in Practice.

Life Skills & Computer Skills:

Life Skills is the study of the self in relation to others and to society. This subject addresses knowledge, values, attitudes and skills about the self, the environment, responsible citizenship, a healthy and productive life, social engagement, recreation and physical activity, and career choices. Computer skills are abilities and knowledge which allow you to use computers and related technology such as word processing software, access the Internet, manage files, or create presentations.

Mathematical Literacy:

Mathematical Literacy provides students with an awareness of and understanding of the role that mathematics plays in the modern world. Mathematical Literacy is a subject driven by life-related applications of mathematics.

Governance (Levels 2,3,4):

At foundational level (Level 2), this subject deals with basic concepts such as democracy, constitutional values, government and intergovernmental relations, as well as with the foundations and basic values underpinning the South African Constitution of State. Level 3 (intermediate) focuses on the various governance structures (three spheres of government, organs of state and traditional leadership), their roles and functions as well as their interrelationships. It also includes an empirical evaluation of the relationship between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the community (as concretised in a local community policing forum). At the advanced level (Level 4), the roles of the various security services and of the Department of Correctional Services are identified, with a strong focus on the organisational structure, powers and functions of the SAPS and community policing forums. The institutions ensuring effective and transparent policing are identified with reference to their powers and functions, as well as to their role in ensuring the enforcement of human rights and freedoms by the SAPS.

Policing Practices (Levels 2,3,4):

This subject is about policing, which forms part of the optional subject cluster of the larger vocational field. Policing is a social service that forms one of the cornerstones of an orderly society. Furthermore, policing is almost always a paradoxical endeavour, standing right in the middle of the precarious balance between individual freedoms on the one hand and collective safety on the other. The same police-people who have the task to limit the freedoms of citizens–are also the people who have to maintain a healthy relationship with the community that they serve. That is what this subject is all about: to assist you to explore policing and come to some understanding of a service often underrated and misperceived.

Criminology (Level 2,3,4):

Crime is a social problem that affects the quality of life of all individuals and victims, in particular. It has severe consequences for the sustained development of society, the economy and the ecology. The term criminology means ‘the study of crime’. It is an applied discipline in the human sciences and its field of study is crime, criminals, victims, victimology, the functioning of the criminal justice system, punishment, and programmes to deal effectively with crime and victimisation. Criminologists study aspects such as why people commit crime, society’s reaction to crime, crime patterns and tendencies, why some behaviour is branded as criminal and others not. They also try to determine why some people become victims, the profile of the victim and what makes people prone to victimisation.

Criminal Justice (Levels 2,3,4):

For anybody to be employed in the Criminal Justice System, knowledge of the Criminal Justice structures and processes is essential. This subject will enable you to recognise the key principles of criminal justice. In the course of delivery of this subject the aim would be to identify and name the different structures and processes of the South African criminal justice system.

Introduction to Law (Level 2):

For anybody to be employed in the Criminal Justice System, a basic knowledge of the laws of our country is essential. This subject will enable you to recognise the key principles of the law and legal rules of our country. As this might be your first introduction to our laws, this subject will briefly introduce you to our country’s most important laws, namely private law, mercantile law, public law and indigenous law. As administration is of such great importance for the efficient functioning of our justice system, this subject will also assist you to recognise the processes in the administration of justice.

Criminal Law (Level 3):

This subject will enable you to recognise the key principles of the criminal law and legal rules of South Africa, allowing you to easily identify and name the different sources of South African criminal law. As this might be your first introduction to criminal law, this subject will further introduce you to the principles and elements of crime and its place in criminal law, as well as provide analyses of specific crimes and statutory offence.

Law of Procedure and Evidence (Level 4):

This subject will enable you to recognise the key principles of the law of procedure and evidence and other legal rules of the country. In the course of delivery of Law of Procedure and Evidence, the aim would be to identify, analyse and interpret the different principles and procedures of the South African law of procedure and evidence, in other words, how these procedures should be implemented. As this might be your first introduction to the law of procedure and evidence, the subject will introduce the principles and procedures prior to and during the adjudication of the criminal and the crime committed.


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