May 26, 2021

The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) is a guideline set by the department of education of South African to guide students and professionals from the intermediate phase up to higher education and training.

This system brings education and training together and also tracks academic achievements for individuals and ensures that they are recognized. 

If you are still studying or looking forward to furthering your studies then one must know their current NQF level so that they know which level should they apply for study or move on to the next. NQF levels are as important as getting your qualification when you enter the world of work. This is because when you are looking for a job, all qualifications are assessed according to NQF levels and that determines if you are suitable for the job as well as the relevant salary that you must earn according to the job requirements.

In today’s blog, UASA has prepared a few important guidelines that you need to learn and know about our National Qualifications Framework for your future studies and employment.

Objectives and purpose of the NQF 

The objectives of the NQF are simple and straightforward. It makes learning equal for everyone, including you. Each NQF level has its own set of requirements. This motivates students to work towards the requirements and move to the next level. While the purpose of the NQF levels is to help progression within education and training. It also enhances education and the skills you gain. The NQF levels also ensure that past discriminations in education, training, and career opportunities are eliminated.

NQF Levels – What do they mean?

There are NQF levels throughout your high school and tertiary education. From grade 9 up to grade 12, you have your lower-level qualifications. This consists of levels 1 to 4. Once you decide to further your education you will start your journey to the higher NQF levels.

NQF Level 

Level 1 – Grade 9 – Complete grade 9 

Level 2 – Grade 10 – Complete grade 10 

Level 3 – Grade 11 – Complete grade 11 

Level 4 – Grade 12(matric) – Successfully pass your matric final exam 

Level 5 – Higher Certificate – Enrol in a higher certificate program

Level 6 – National Diploma and Advanced Certificate – Complete a national diploma qualification or an advanced certificate

Level 7 – Bachelor’s Degree and Advanced Diploma – Enrol and complete a bachelor’s degree program

Level 8 – Honours Degree and Postgraduate Diploma – Enrol in an Honours program 

Level 9 – Master’s Degree – Complete a master’s degree 

Level 10 – Doctorates Degree – Complete a doctorates degree qualification

Are you ready to explore your options? Either you enrol at a college or university bear in mind that all qualifications are evaluated according to the NQF levels as per department of higher education and training guidelines. In our next blog, we will discuss more options with regards to NQF levels.

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