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PLP: Pre-Vocational Learning Programme

National Certificate Vocational NC(V)

NATED/Report 191: Engineering Programmes

NATED/Report 191: Business Studies & Utilities Post-Matric Programmes

Higher Certificate Programmes


This foundational programme prepares students for further study at a TVET College. Aimed at school leavers with Grade 9 who did not meet entry criteria for a specific course in NC(V) L2.

NC(V) programmes integrate a broad range of knowledge and practical skills within specific industry fields. The National Certificate (Vocational) offers learners a vocational alternative to an academic Grade 10-12.

Engineering studies encompass a National Certificate N1-N6 in the chosen field of Engineering studies: Mechanical, Civil or Electrical.

NATED/Report 191 programmes consist of 18 months' theoretical studies that comprises of N4, N5 and N6 certificates. After completing the N6 certificate students are required to provide proof (to the Department of Higher Education and Training) of 18 months' work experience in the relevant industry, in order to qualify for the National N Diploma is issued by the Department of Higher Education and Training if all requirements are met.

Higher Certificate study programmes are predominantly vocational. This means that the course material is industry-orientated and skills application-based.


One year, full-time.

The NC(V) is a three-year, full-time qualification with a certificate at Exit Level 4.

The programme runs for a trimester (three-month period)/10 weeks per
N certificate.

It takes a minimum of three years to qualify for a
National N Diploma.

One year, full-time. These courses are done in collaboration with CPUT (Cape University of Technology) or a QCTO qualification in collaboration with a SETA.


National Certificate Vocational (NCV L4 is equivalent to Senior Certificate/Matric).

You will be able to take up a position as an apprentice or learner technician to gain the industrial experience required to be able to take a trade test in your chosen trade.

National N Diploma. You will also be able to articulate to Higher Education in your chosen field.

Certificate: NQF Level 5.


Minimum Grade 9 Certificate.

Minimum entrance requirement: Grade 9 or NQF Level 1 equivalent.

Minimum entrance requirement: Grade 11 with Mathematics (minimum 50% pass) or Grade 12 with Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy (50%).

Minimum entrance requirement: Senior Certificate (Grade 12), or National Senior Certificate (NSC) Grade 12, or National Certificate (Vocational)
NC(V) Level 4.

Minimum entrance requirement: Grade 12 Certificate with a minimum of 30% English, based on the University points system.