- The National Qualifications Framework is an educational system that tracks and gives recognition to qualifications.
- They determine the advancement of a qualification.
- Matric is an NQF 4, but there are other qualifications with the same NQF level.
- A National Diploma has an NQF Level 6 and can be obtained through NATED courses.
The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) has the goal of improving education in South Africa. Its main purpose is to track academic achievements and put a system into place that recognises qualifications.
Here is everything you need to know:
- Accreditation by qualification councils.
- NQF levels.
- NQF objectives.
- Professional bodies.
- NQF4 and equivalents.
- National diplomas.
Accreditation By Qualification Councils
The NQF acts as the foundation for the qualification councils. These councils are responsible for the accreditation of qualifications. These councils include:
- Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO).
- Council on Higher Education South Africa (CHE).
Each level of a course determines how advanced the course is. This way, all qualifications in South Africa can be measured and compared using the same framework.
What Do NQF Levels Mean?
These levels are present throughout higher and tertiary education. Here is a list of the specific levels awarded to each grade or qualification:
- Level 1: Grade 9.
- Level 2: Grade 10.
- Level 3: Grade 11.
- Level 4: Grade 12.
- Level 5: Higher Certificate.
- Level 6: National Diploma or Advanced Certificate.
- Level 7: Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Diploma.
- Level 8: Honours Degree or Postgraduate Diploma.
- Level 9: Master’s Degree.
- Level 10: Doctorates Degree.
The most important aim of the NQF is to ensure that everyone is treated with equality by setting specific requirements for each level.
This makes it easy to recognise qualifications according to their advancement levels. It also motivates people to reach the next level.
Professional bodies refer to organisations, such as The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) that consists of a group of professionals.
NQF Level 4 And Equivalents
This level is obtained after completing a matric certificate. The two frequently asked questions around this include:
What Are NQF Level 4 Equivalents?
Other certificates also have an NQF Level 4, therefore they are equivalent to matric. These certificates include national and FET certificates.
Matric College offers a variety of matric equivalent certificates:
The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers has a range of business and financial courses that are equivalent to a matric.
Courses you can apply for without a matric certificate:
National Certificate: Vocational
Students who have completed grade 10 to 12 at a TVET college are awarded a vocational certificate. Both ICB and vocational certificates have the aim to enable you to study towards a National Diploma.
Read more about Matric College’s NATED courses. These courses will provide you with a National Diploma.
You can obtain a National Diploma by climbing up the level ladder. A National Diploma has up to an NQF Level 6 and can be reached through a NATED course.
Where To Study?
Many institutions in South Africa offer these courses. Namely:
- Matric College.
- Skills Academy.
- Bellview Institute of Distance Learning.