What is the NCV? – Why National Certificate Vocational?


The National Certificate: Vocational or NC(V) is an alternative option to a Matric certificate. It is equivalent to a matric certificate but you develop practical skills and knowledge of the workplace. Once you have completed your National Certificate Vocational you can look for a job or apply to a university or college to do a;

  • The higher Certificate programme at NQF level 5
  • National Diploma at NQF level 6
  • Bachelor’s Degree at level 7

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How Long Do You Have to Study?

To get the Matric equivalent certificate you will have to complete 3 years full-time and get your NCV4 certificate. There are 3 NCV levels and each level takes 1 year to complete. You will receive a certificate after every level.

What Can You Study?

NCV subjects are offered in a wide range of fields;

  • Civil Engineering and Building Construction
  • Drawing Office Practice
  • Education and Development
  • Electrical Infrastructure Construction
  • Engineering and Related Design
  • Finance, Economics and Accounting
  • Hospitality
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mechatronics
  • Office Administration
  • Primary Agriculture
  • Primary Health
  • Process Instrumentation
  • Process Plant Operations
  • Safety in Society
  • Tourism
  • Transport and Logistics

You will need to take 7 subjects at every level. Three of those subjects are compulsory and include Maths or Maths Literacy, Life Orientation and a Language such as English. The other 4 subjects are compulsory subjects that relate to your field of study.

What Are the Admission Requirements?

You need to have a Grade 9. Some programmes do require a higher grade. Check with the college’s Admissions Office

The National Certificate Vocational is offered at Levels 2, 3 and 4 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The qualification is designed to provide both theory and practical experience in a particular vocational field. The practical component of the study is offered in a simulated workplace environment. This option will work for you if you leave school before completing your NSC matric.


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