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What is a National Certificate Vocational (NCV)?

Since January 2007, The National Certificate (Vocational) was introduced to replace the NIC and NSC at Public TVET Colleges. The National Certificate (Vocational) is the curriculum that is being introduced to TVET Colleges around the country. It gives Grade 9 students an alternative to an academic Grade 10-12, the opportunity to obtain a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 2-4 industry related qualification. These programmes were designed to incorporate both theory and practice. These qualifications are registered with Umalusi, which is also the primary ETQA of Tshwane North TVET College & Education and Training Qualifications Authority.

How long are these courses and will a student be able to enter tertiary education?

The courses are offered at Levels 2, 3 and 4 of which each is a year long. A student is issued with a certificate on successful completion of each level of study. After completing Level 4 a student will be issued with a National Certificate (Vocational)
On the 26 November 2009 the Government Gazette No 32743 was published which stipulates the minimum admission requirements for the Higher Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes requiring a National Certificate (Vocational) at Level 4 of the National Qualification Framework. This clearly stipulates that while the NC (V) Level 4 makes the student eligible to admission to higher education, it does not guarantee a student admission to any Programme of study. Within the context of this policy, the right of higher education institutions to set specific admission requirements to particular Programme is confirmed.

Which subjects make up a National Certificate (Vocational)?

In order to obtain a National Certificate (Vocational), a student is required to take a total of 7 subjects. These include 3 Fundamental subjects and 4 Vocational subjects. A total of 21 subjects for levels 2-4.

What is the difference between a level and a certificate?

For the level courses the minimum requirement is Grade 9 or 10, but students may also enter the Programme with Grade 11 or 12. It is a three year course and it aims to equip students with the necessary knowledge of the workplace. This will then empower them to make a positive contribution to the country‘s economy, productivity and the development of new technology. It is based on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF Levels 2-4)
For the N4-N6 Certificate the student needs a Grade 12. This is a two year (if doing Introductory first)/ 18 months course and it aims to equip learners with the necessary skills required for elementary employment in different industries.

What is the language of tuition?

Classes are presented in English. The College endeavours to have all examination papers for major tests and examinations available in English.

What practical experience will a student have after completing one of the programmes?

All programmes at Tshwane North TVET College have a big focus on practical experience. This ensures that the student does not only understand theoretical side of the Programme but that they are equipped with the necessary skills to perform in the industry. There is a Placement Office at TNC. Practical work experience is compulsory and may be done at suitable, local businesses or businesses in the hometown of the student.

Are Tshwane North TVET College expensive?

In general, public Technical and Vocational Education and Training College fees compare very favourably with private sector institutions. When comparing the college Programme fees with other educational institutions, our fees are very favourably. Fees differ from course to course and between campuses. For costing enquiries please refer to Fees section in the prospectus below the course/ Programme information.

Where can one apply for a loan or bursary?

Student loans are available through various banks and institutions for performing and deserving students. The National Certificate (Vocational) and NATED courses are supported by the National Department of Higher Education and Training and students wishing to study these course may apply for the National Department of Higher Education and Training‘s (DHET) TVET College Bursary Scheme.
Bursaries are also available through various institutions. Contact your campus Financial Aid Officer for more information. All of the above are subject to certain terms and conditions.

Where can a prospective student receive career guidance and student support?

Student Support Services are situated on each of our 6 campuses and play and integral part in creating an environment in which the student can build interpersonal relationships with them to assist students with counselling, academic development, career guidance and job placement as well as health and social issue. This assist student to reach their full potential. These services are provided free of charge.

A full range of support is offered by Student Support Services:

Pre-entry: Career Guidance, Assessments for enrolments
On-course support: Academic Development and study Skills
Exit-level support: Interviewing and CV Skills

Do the campuses offer transport to and from campus?

Campuses currently do not offer transport to and from campuses

Is there accommodation available on campus? The only Campus where there is a hostel is at Soshanguve South Campus.

Tshwane North TVET College offers accommodation for students who study at Soshanguve South Campus on the Campus situated at College road-Soshanguve Block L.

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