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Course Types

Overview

Public TVET Colleges offer a very wide range of courses/programmes that have been developed to respond to the scarce skills needed by employers.  Courses vary in duration from a short course of a few hours to formal diploma courses of three years.  Naturally the costs of the courses also vary considerably but it is important to remember that Department of Higher Education and Training courses are subsidised by 80% of the delivery cost and for the remaining 20% that would be paid by the student, many full bursaries are available.

 

Industry Fields

Colleges offer various types of courses in industry fields such as agriculture; arts and culture; business, commerce and management; education, training and development; engineering, manufacturing and technology; services; building construction and security.

 

Types of courses: 

(This is not a list of the courses available but only a description of the different categories of courses and qualifications. For a list of courses, qualifications and at which campuses and colleges they are offered, go to the page College Courses on this website. You could also visit the college websites for occupational, skills and other courses and qualifications on offer by colleges.  The college websites can be found on the page Public TVET Colleges in the directory of contact information on that page.  This will give you a good idea of the various courses typically on offer in public TVET Colleges. For a quick overview of the variety of subjects offered, see the alphabetical examination time tables on the page Examination Time Tables on this website.)

Course Type

National Certificate (Vocational)

Description / Definition

NC(V) programmes are delivered under the auspices of the Department of Higher Education and Training and quality assured by Umalusi. The programmes integrate theory and practice and provide students with a broad range of knowledge and practical skills within specific industry fields.

Duration

3 Years (1 year per level)

Qualification

Full Certificates on NQF Level 2, 3 and 4

NC(V) Level 4 Certificate is equivalent to National Senior Certificate (matric)

Admission Requirements

Grade 9 + college requirements set per programme

Resources

Bursaries available for financially and academically qualifying students

 

Course Type

NATED / Report 191

Description / Definition

NATED / Report 191 programmes are delivered under the auspices of the Department of Higher Education and Training and quality assured by Umalusi. The programmes consist of 18 months theoretical studies at colleges and 18 months relevant practical application in work places. Engineering studies range from N1 – N6 while Business and Utility Studies range from N4 – N6

Duration

1 Year for N1 – N3 Engineering Studies

1 Year for N4 – N6 Engineering Studies

3 Years (18 months theoretical studies + 18 months workplace application) for N4 – N6 Business and Utility Studies

Qualification

N6 Diploma

Admission Requirements

Grade 9 for N1 admission

Grade 12 for N4 admission

Resources

Bursaries available for financially and academically qualifying students

 

Course Type

National Higher Certificate

Description / Definition

These are Higher Education programmes offered at colleges in partnership with Higher Education Institutions.

Duration

Specific to programme *

Qualification and Part Qualification

Specific to programme *

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 + requirements set by HE institution and college

 

Course Type

Learnerships

Description / Definition

This is a route to a NQF registered full qualification and is offered under the auspices of SETAs and quality assured by SETA ETQAs.

Duration

Specific to programme *

Qualification

Full qualification

Admission Requirements

Specific to programme *

 

Course Type

Skills Programme

Description / Definition

These programmes are based on a cluster of NQF registered unit standards and are offered under the auspices of SETAs and quality assured by SETA ETQAs. Skills programmes can build up to a full qualification.

Duration

Specific to programme *

Qualification

Part qualification with credit recognition towards full qualification

Admission Requirements

Specific to programme *

 

Course Type

NQF Full Time

Description / Definition

National Qualifications Framework (NQF) registered qualifications offered to full time private students under the auspices of SETAs and quality assured by SETA ETQAs.

Duration

Specific to programme *

Qualification

Full qualification on various NQF Levels

Admission Requirements

Specific to programme *

 

Course Type

Non Formal

Description / Definition

Enrichment programmes that result in an attendance certificate or programmes that are company based training against a specific demand.

Duration

Specific to programme *

Admission Requirements

Specific to programme *

 

Course Type

ABET Or AET

Description / Definition

Adult (basic) education and training programmes.

Duration

Specific to programme *

Qualification and Part Qualification

Specific to programme *

Admission Requirements

Specific to programme *

 

  * Please contact your nearest public TVET College for further details