CUT Admission Requirements for FET/TVET Students 2024/2025

The Central University of Technology, CUT Admission Requirements for Further Education and Training (FET/TVET) Students. The admission requirements for NC(V) Level 4 and traditional N qualifications (N3, N4, N5, and N6) create articulation and clear pathways for FET/TVET college students seeking to enroll in career-focused university programmes in the field of study for which they hold a FET qualification, particularly in scarce skills areas such as Engineering, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Business/Finance and Education.

As documented in this prospectus, our programmes are underpinned by CUT vision and will enable prospective students to meet national, business and industry needs.

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Admission Criteria for Fet College NC(V) 4 Students to Undergraduate Programmes at Cut

Minimum Statutory Requirements for NC(V) 4 Level Students

  • Candidates must meet the minimum statutory requirements for students in possession of an NC(V) 4 qualification, as set out in Government Gazette no. 32743 of 26 November 2006, to be eligible for admission to a higher certificate, diploma and bachelor’s degree (See Table 1).
  • Candidates must note that, according to Section 37 (i) of the Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997), the decision to admit a student to higher education study is the right and responsibility of the higher education institution concerned. This implies that individual institutions may set additional admission requirements for specific programmes.

Table 1: Minimum Statutory Admission Requirements

Qualification Minimum entry requirement
Higher certificate • All statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 should be met;• 40% in English;

• 30% in either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy;
• 40% in Life Orientation; and
• 50% in the other four vocational subjects.

Diploma • All statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 should be met;• 50% in three fundamental subjects, one of which must be English; and

• 60% in three compulsory vocational modules.

Bachelor’s degree • All statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 should be met;• 60% in three fundamental subjects, one of which must be English; and

• 70% in three compulsory vocational modules.

 

Institutional Requirements for NC(V) 4 Level Students

  • NC(V) 4 candidates must score the minimum admission points on the scoring scale for admission, as prescribed in the CUT admissions policy (See Table 2). Since NC(V) programmes are highly specialised, such applicants will only be considered for admission into programmes of similar specialisation, for example NC(V): Tourism applicants will be considered for the Diploma: Tourism Management only, and no other specialisation, regardless of their performance in the NC(V) examinations. Admission to a particular programme is subject to the requirements of that programme (See Table 3 below).
  • NC(V) 4 applicants are eligible for university admission only if they have obtained a full qualification. No applicant will be admitted based on the completion of certain subjects in a qualification.
  • Life Orientation forms part of the final score, with a maximum value of one.
  • NC(V) candidates are expected to possess a minimum level of proficiency in English, since this is the language of learning and teaching (LoLT) at CUT. A minimum mark of 50% for English as Home Language (vernacular) or First Additional Language is therefore considered to be sufficient, although any proof of proficiency in the English language will also be taken into consideration.

The scoring scale for NC (V) 4 subjects is indicated in Table 2.

Percentage achieved in NCV subject 30-
39%
40-
49%
50-59% 60-
69%
70-
79%
80-
89%
90-100%
Points rating for % value 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

 

 

Table 2: Scoring scale for NC(V) 4

The program-specific requirements are indicated in Table 3.

Civil Engineering and Building Construction

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Construction Planning National Diploma: Civil Engineering

National Diploma: Building

In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required for applicants seeking to pursue their studies in Civil Engineering.
Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in Mathematics or 70% in Mathematical Literacy is required for applicants seeking to pursue their studies in Building.
Physical Science is recommended.
Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Construction Supervision
Materials
Carpentry and Roof Work
Concrete Structures
Masonry
Physical Science
Plumbing
Roads
Drawing Office Practice
Architectural Graphics and Technology
Civil and Structural Steelwork
Mechanical Draughting and Technology
Drawing Office Procedures and Techniques

 

Education and Development

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Art and Science of Teaching Diploma: Design and Studio Art In addition to the general entry requirements, the following subjects are highly recommended: Painting, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Graphic Processes, Jewellery Design, Jewellery Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship and Business Management (only N4), History of Art (N5 and N6).
Human and Social Development
Learning Psychology

Electrical Infrastructure Construction

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Electrical Principles and Practice National Diploma: Electrical Engineering In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required. Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Electronic Control and Digital Electronics
Electrical Workmanship
Electrical Systems and Construction
Physical Science

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Applied Engineering Technology National Diploma: Mechanical Engineering In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required. Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Engineering Processes
Professional Engineering Practice
Automotive Repair and Maintenance
Engineering Fabrication – Boiler Making
Engineering Fabrication – Sheet Metal Worker
Fitting and Turning
Physical Science
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Processes
Welding

 

Finance, Economics, and Accounting

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMME CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Finance, Economics, and Accounting Bachelor of Management Sciences in Accountancy

AND

Bachelor of Management Sciences in Internal Auditing

A candidate must meet the minimum statutory admission requirements and must score at least 27 or more points on the CUT scoring scale.

In addition to the above, a candidate must also score at least the following:

  • English = 60%
  • Applied Accounting = 70%
  • Economic Environment =70%
  • Financial Management = 70%
  • Mathematical Literacy = 60% (OR Mathematics = 40%)
  • New Venture Creation = 60%

 

Hospitality

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Client Services and Human Relations Diploma: Hospitality Management In addition to the general entry requirements, every applicant must write an assessment test and undergo an interview. Consumer Science, Hospitality Studies, Accounting or Business Studies is highly recommended.
Food Preparation
Hospitality Genericss
Hospitality Services

 

Information Technology and Computer Science

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Computer Programming National Diploma: Information Technology In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 60% in Mathematical Literacy or 40% in either Mathematics or Information Technology is required. Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Data Communication and Networking
Systems Analysis and Design
Multimedia Service (Implementation date: 2013)

 

Management

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Financial Management In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in Accounting is required. A candidate must score at least 27 or more points on the CUT scoring scale.
Management Practice
Operations Managemen National Diploma: Public Management National Diploma in Human Resources Management
Project Management

 

Marketing

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Advertising and Promotions National Diploma: Marketing A candidate must score at least 27 or more points on the CUT scoring scale and 50% for English/Communication.
Marketing
Marketing Communication
Consumer Behaviour
Contact Centre Operations

 

Mechatronics

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Computer-integrated Manufacturing Not applicable.
Electrotechnology
Stored Programme Systems
Mechatronic Systems

 

Mechatronics

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Computer-integrated Manufacturing Not applicable.
Electrotechnology
Stored Programme Systems
Mechatronic Systems

 

Office Administration

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Business Practice National Diploma: Office Management and Technology A candidate must score at least 27 or more points on the CUT scoring scale.
Office Data Processing
Office Practice
Personal Assistance

 

Primary Agriculture

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Animal Production National Diploma: Agricultural Management In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 40% in one of the following subjects, as well as a minimum mark of 50% in one of the Agricultural-related subject, is required, i.e.: Agricultural Sciences and/or Biology or Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Life Orientation, Economics, Accounting or Physical Science.
A candidate scoring 21 points or less on CUT’s scoring scale will not be admitted.
A candidate scoring 22 – 26 points on CUT’s scoring scale must undergo a selection test.
Advanced Plant Production
Farm Planning and Mechanisation
Agri-business

 

Process Instrumentation

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Electronic Control and Digital Electronics National Diploma: Electrical Engineering In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required for candidates wishing to pursue their studies in Electrical Engineering. Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Engineering Processes
Physical Science
Instrumentation Technology

 

Somatology

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
SETA-accredited occupational programmed FET Certificate: Beauty and Nail Technology National Diploma: Somatology In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in either Life or Physical Science is required. A candidate must score at least 23 or more points on the CUT scoring scale.

 

Tourism

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Client Services and Human Relations Diploma: Tourism Management A candidate must score at least 28 or more points on the CUT scoring scale. Every applicant must write a scholastic aptitude test and undergo an interview. Due to the relatively high demand for places in this programme, a candidate who scores less than 24 points on the CUT scoring scale will not be considered for selection.
Science of Tourism
Sustainable Tourism in South Africa and International Trave
Tourism Operations

 

Transport and Logistics

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Freight Logistics Not applicable.
Transport Economics
Transport Operations
Project Management
New Venture Creation

 

Section 2: Admission Requirements for Students with N3, N4, N5, and N6 Qualifications

The following admission requirements apply:

  • A candidate with an FET N3, N4, N5 or N6 certificate may qualify for admission to the first year of a diploma qualification, based on his or her seven best subjects for N4/N5 or N5/N6 and a minimum of 50% for English at N3 level. However, a candidate must meet the minimum admission requirements, including the language requirement, on the CUT scoring scale before he/she will be allowed to write an access assessment test (see Table 4 for the CUT scoring scale for N qualifications).
  • A candidate with an N3, N4, N5 or N6 certificate does not qualify for any subject recognition.
  • Subject recognition may be granted to FET students who have successfully completed their FET N6 diplomas. Such subject recognition will only be considered for first-year CUT certificate and/or diploma subjects, and will only be based on FET N6 level diploma subjects completed successfully. These subjects must be passed at N4, N5 and N6 level with a score of 50% or above.
  • Programme prerequisites must be met before a candidate will be admitted to a specific programme.
  • An official statement of results must be presented to CUT.

The scoring scale for candidates in possession of N3, N4, N5 and N6 qualifications is indicated in Table 4.

 Table 4: CUT scoring scale for N qualifications

Symbol achieved N3 N4/N5/N6
A 6 8
B 5 7
C 4 6
D 3 5
E 2 4

 

 If you do not qualify on the scoring scales, do not despair. CUT offers an Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP), a bridge year(s) that will give you various options before continuing on your true career path.

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