A National Diploma develops your professional, practical and job-related skills as well as build your knowledge of a sector or industry. You will also learn how to apply your knowledge and skills in a work environment, which will prepare you to start your career.

How many years do you have to study?
There are 2 ways to get a National Diploma,
At a TVET college - you will complete a National N Diploma by first completing your N6 certificate and then 18 to 24 months practical work experience
At a University - a National Diploma can take 2 to 3 years and typically includes either practical experiential learning or work experience

National Diplomas are offered in a wide variety of fields, some examples include;

  • Agriculture and Environmental Science
  • Art & Design
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Languages
  • Business & Finance Management
  • Commercial Promotion
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Educare
  • Engineering Studies
  • Fashion
  • Hospitality and Catering Services
  • Human Resource Management
  • Interior Decorating
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Medical Secretary
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Public Relations
  • Sport, Rehabilitation and Dental Science
  • Safety and Security Management
  • Textiles
  • Tourism
Once you have completed your National Diploma you can;
  • Look for work
  • Apply to complete a Bachelor’s degree depending on your results

What are the admission (entry) requirements?
If you have completed a National Senior (Matric) Certificate you will need;
  • A Matric pass stating that you have met the minimum requirements to study for a National Diploma or Degree
  • 1 official language with 40% or more
  • 3 other (NSC 20-credit) subjects with 40% or more
  • 2 subjects with 30% or more
  • As well as meet any other college or university requirements, for example, the language requirement of the institution and/or faculty or programme requirements
If you have completed a National Certificate (Vocational) at Level 4 you will need;
  • 50-60% in 3 fundamental subjects
  • 60-70% in 3 compulsory vocational subjects


Where can you complete a National Diploma?
At any university or College

Completing an undergraduate degree like a national diploma will increase your chances of finding a work. It offers flexibility, practical skills and knowledge to help you achieve your career goals.