The subjects you take and the matric results you achieve determines what qualifications and programmes you can apply for at a TVET college. There are 2 qualifications you can apply for if you meet the following minimum admission (entry) requirements:

Higher Certificate:
To apply to study for a Higher Certificate (NQF level 5) you will need;
A Matric (NSC) pass stating that you have met the minimum requirements to study for a Higher Certificate, National Diploma or Degree
30% or more in your first additional or home language. One of these languages should be the language used to teach at the college
Meet any other minimum requirements for the programme, course, faculty or institution.

National Diploma that includes N4-6 certificates:
The minimum entry requirements to apply to study for a National Diploma (NQF level 6) you will need;

  • A Matric pass stating that you have met the minimum requirements to study for a National Diploma or Degree
  • 40% or more in 1 official language
  • 40% or more in 3 other (NSC 20-credit) subjects
  • 30% or more in 2 other subjects
  • Meet any other minimum requirements for the programme, course, faculty or institution.
The minimum admission requirements are the lowest marks you must get to be accepted for a certificate or diploma at a TVET college. You may need higher marks to enter certain programmes or courses. Every programme and institution are different, so it is important to that you find out what the admission (entry) requirements are to apply at every college.

If you cannot enter the qualification you want to enrol for (e.g. a National Diploma), you could enter a qualification on a lower level (e.g. a Higher Certificate) and use it as a stepping stone to pursue the higher qualification thereafter.

The higher your marks, the greater your chances of being accepted into the tertiary institute of your choice and your chances of getting bursary or scholarship increases.