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National Certificate (Vocational) programmes offered by TVET colleges
Description of the NC (V) programmes offered by TVET colleges
|Course type||National Certificate (Vocational)|
|Description||The National Certificate (Vocational) – i.e. NC (V), provides students and young adults with a learning pathway to qualify for a career in a variety of vocational fields, e.g. finance, marketing and tourism. The programmes integrate theory and practice to provide students with a broad range of knowledge and practical skills in a particular vocational field. The qualification is an alternative pathway for youth to complete school as the NC (V) Level 4 is equivalent to the National Senior Certificate (Matric). This Level 4 qualification also enables students to acquire the knowledge, practical skills, applied competence and understanding required for employment at an elementary level of a particular occupation or trade.
The subjects consist of academic knowledge and theory integrated with the practical skills and values specific to each vocational area. The practical component of the programmes may be offered in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment.
The student is required to study seven subjects in each level of the NC (V) qualification, consisting of:
|Fields of study||Examples of vocational subjects/courses:
|Qualification||Full certificates on NQF Levels 2, 3 and 4
NC (V) Level 4: 120-130 credits, that is equivalent to a National Senior Certificate (Matric)
|Duration||3 Years (1 year for every NQF level)|
|Progression||NC (V) Level 4 provides access to artisan training and occupational qualifications and also provides the possibility of access to certain qualifications in higher education. While NC (V) Level 4 students are eligible for admission to higher education in the same field of study, this does not guarantee admission to any programme of study. Higher education institutions have the right to set specific admission requirements to programmes.
The admission requirements (subject to the admission requirements of higher education institutions) are:
|Admission Requirements||Grade 9 plus the college requirements set per programme|
Examples of NC (V) on three NQF levels
|National Certificate (Vocational) – Utility Studies: Tourism|
|Access to the following vocational activities||Accommodation management; Conference and events planning; Restaurant and food services; Tourism development; Transportation management; Travel counselling; Further study at Universities of Technology; Game ranging and safari work|
|Career Opportunities||Accommodation Management; Conference and Events Planning; Restaurant and Food Service; Tourism Development; Transportation Management; Travel Counselling; Game ranging and safari work; Further study at a Higher Education Institution|
|NQF Level||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4|
|Duration||1 year||1 year||1 year|
||Competency in learning outcomes at NQF Level 2 of the same subfield /programme.||All requirements met for NQF Level 3|
|Requirements to obtain the National Certificate||A total of 7 subjects: 3 Fundamental and 4 Vocational subjects||A total of 7 subjects: 3 Fundamental and 4 Vocational subjects.||A total of 7 subjects: 3 Fundamental and 4 Vocational subjects.|
|Compulsory Fundamental Subjects||
|Vocational Subjects (3 compulsory & 1 optional)||