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
- Engineering Studies
- Hospitality and Catering Services
- Human Resource Management
- Interior Decorating
- Medical Secretary
- Performing Arts
- Public Relations
- Sport, Rehabilitation and Dental Science
- Safety and Security Management
- 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
- 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.