There are many education pathways to achieve your goal. Understanding what qualification and work experience you need to achieve your goal are very important.

Whether you decide to take the university, college or learnership path towards your goal, you receive points that can count towards a higher level of education or degree.

Accredited qualifications, certificates or courses count towards a points or credit score on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Depending on the path you choose, your work experience or on-the-job training can also count towards moving up the qualifications framework. Some pathways are shorter than others and impact how much time you will spend studying and what jobs you are qualified to do.

Aligning all your qualifications, certificates or courses toward your goal can be very difficult. It is important that you understand the pathway you take.

Entry into further education depends on:

  • The grade you completed at school
  • The marks you received
  • Your age
  • Your work experience (prior learning experience)

If you leave school at Grade 9, 10 or 11 and wish to study further, you can enter the TVET college path in:
  • The NATED (N1-3) programme and earn an N3 certificate, Higher Certificate or National N Diploma
  • National Vocational (NCV1-4) programme and earn an NCV4 certificate and go on to complete or a Higher certificate, National Diploma or Degree
  • Enter a learnership to gain points towards a qualification
If you have a Matric or equivalent qualification and wish to study further you can either enter the college or university system and you can study for the following qualifications (admission depends on your marks):
  • Enter a learnership to gain points (credits) towards a qualification
  • Enter a NATED N4-6 programme
  • Apply to do a Higher Certificate (NQF 5)
  • Apply to do National Diploma at a University (NQF 6)
  • Apply to complete a Bachelor's Degree at a University (NQF 7)
What’s the difference between these qualifications?
Each qualification varies in length, difficulty, cost and what you can achieve. Some qualifications are only offered by colleges others are only offered at universities. Each qualification scores you points on the national qualifications framework and may allow you admission into a higher education programme upon completion.

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