Course Types

2021-CLASS-FEES-COMPLETE

Programmes-2021

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 TypeNational Certificate (Vocational)
Description / DefinitionNC(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.
Duration3 Years (1 year per level)
QualificationFull Certificates on NQF Level 2, 3 and 4   NC(V) Level 4 Certificate is equivalent to National Senior Certificate (matric)
Admission RequirementsGrade 9 + college requirements set per programme
ResourcesBursaries available for financially and academically qualifying students
Course TypeNATED / Report 191
Description / DefinitionNATED / 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
Duration1 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
QualificationN6 Diploma
Admission RequirementsGrade 9 for N1 admission   Grade 12 for N4 admission
ResourcesBursaries available for financially and academically qualifying students
Course TypeNational Higher Certificate
Description / DefinitionThese are Higher Education programmes offered at colleges in partnership with Higher Education Institutions.
DurationSpecific to programme *
Qualification and Part QualificationSpecific to programme *
Admission RequirementsGrade 12 + requirements set by HE institution and college
Course TypeLearnerships
Description / DefinitionThis is a route to a NQF registered full qualification and is offered under the auspices of SETAs and quality assured by SETA ETQAs.
DurationSpecific to programme *
QualificationFull qualification
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *
Course TypeSkills Programme
Description / DefinitionThese 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.
DurationSpecific to programme *
QualificationPart qualification with credit recognition towards full qualification
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *
Course TypeNQF Full Time
Description / DefinitionNational Qualifications Framework (NQF) registered qualifications offered to full time private students under the auspices of SETAs and quality assured by SETA ETQAs.
DurationSpecific to programme *
QualificationFull qualification on various NQF Levels
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *
Course TypeNon Formal
Description / DefinitionEnrichment programmes that result in an attendance certificate or programmes that are company based training against a specific demand.
DurationSpecific to programme *
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *
Course TypeABET Or AET
Description / DefinitionAdult (basic) education and training programmes.
DurationSpecific to programme *
Qualification and Part QualificationSpecific to programme *
Admission RequirementsSpecific to programme *