Students and young adults who intend to follow a specific career may choose a public FET College and register for one of the vocational programmes. Public FET Colleges are positioning themselves as post-school institutions to cater for students and adults who want to pursue a vocational career path.
Students Guide to Funding:
If you want to study one of the National Certificate (Vocational) programmes at a public Further Education & Training (FET) College, and you meet all the requirements, you could have your studies paid for you in the form of a bursary. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme(NSFAS) administers these bursaries – money to cover the costs of your studies – and you don’t have to repay anything!How to apply
- First apply to the FET College for admission to a course of study.
- Complete bursary application forms at the Student Support Centre at the FET College.
- Provide all the documents needed: a certified copy of your South African ID, certified copies of your parents’ payslips, copies of the IDs of other members of your family who are studying or at school,etc.
- The Student Support Centre will use the information you have provided to assess you in terms of the Financial Means Test, a way of determining financial need.
- Not all applicants will receive a bursary. Applicants are ranked in terms of financial need, and factors such as academic potential are taken into account when the FET College makes its selection of recipients of the bursary.
- If the Student Support Centre asks you for additional information or documents, it’s your responsibility to respond promptly and accurately.
- Keep copies of all the forms and documents relating to your application for a bursary.
- If you want to find out more, contact any public FET College or NSFAS. You can
send NSFAS an SMS to 32261 (standard SMS rates apply), asking your question,
and we’ll get back to you.
The National Certificate (Vocational) is a relevant modern qualification available at FET Colleges for students and young adults in South Africa to follow as an alternative learning pathway and qualify them for a specifi c career in a focus area or specific sub-sector of the economy. It was introduced at Public Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges in 2007 and programmes of study are offered in a variety of vocational fields. These programmes are intended to directly respond to the priority skills demands of the South African economy.
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 may be offered in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment. Students have the opportunity to experience work situations during the period of study.
The student is required to study seven subjects in each level of the National Certificate (Vocational) qualification, three fundamentals, three vocational and one optional subject. The optional subject may be chosen from any vocational programme to provide either high levels of specialisation, or the opportunity for broader training.
The following NC(V) Programmes are offered at public FET Colleges:
- Information Technology and Computer Science
- Finance Economics and Accounting
- Safety in Society
- Education and Development
- Engineering and Related Design
- Civil Engineering and Building Construction
- Primary Agriculture
- Drawing Office Practice
- Process Plant Operations
- Process Instrumentation
- Office Administration
- Electrical Intrastucture Construction