Study Engineering With Your Grade 9 Certificate At False Bay TVET College

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Are you a high school student with a clear career path in mind? Are you ready to dive into your chosen field right after Grade 9? Look no further than False Bay College's National Certificate Vocational (NCV) Engineering programme!


The education landscape is evolving, and False Bay TVET College is at the forefront, recognizing that the traditional school model isn't the only effective means of learning. Their NCV programmes are designed for students who want to start their journey toward a fulfilling career early on.

Careers Portal recently had a chat with Salome Voges, the Head of Department for Engineering Studies at False Bay College, about their offering.

False Bay's Engineering NCV programmes are offered at two campuses: Westlake Campus and Khayelitsha Campus. These Engineering programmes are for a 3-year duration.

NCV Engineering Courses Offered At False Bay TVET College

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
    • Fitting and Turning
    • Welding
    • Motor Mechanics

NCV Engineering Course Entry Requirements

These courses start at NCV level 2 and the minimum requirement would then be Grade 9 certificate with a pass in Mathematics.

Once the student finishes NCV Level 2, they would then have attained a grade 10 certificate NCV Level 3 would be grade 11 and NCV Level 4 is grade 12.

NCV Level 4 is at the exit level, being equivalent to a National Senior Certificate (NSC).

Grade 9 is on NQF level 1. Our NCV programmes start NCV level 2 which is equivalent to an NQF level 2.

On which type of students are suited for these programmes, Voges says, "the world is acknowledging that traditional schooling is not necessarily the only way of becoming an artisan or becoming qualified so if a student knows from a very early age what his interests are, the NCV programme is actually perfectly suited for that student".

False Bay TVET College will assist the student to become qualified in his field of interest. Students who want to become entrepreneurs will also have access to their Centre of Entrepreneurship on the Westlake Campus.

Each vocational subject done during the course is allocated workshop periods where they engage in workshop-related activities right from from the start of the programme. Students will be issued with personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes an overall and a pair of safety boots.

Career Opportunities

Voge says a student can go to work for 18 to 24 months at an industry of their choice in their field of study. Afterwards, they can apply for a trade test which would lead to being a red seal qualified artisan.

They can then become an electrician, a motor mechanic, a welder or a fitter and turner.

A student can choose to continue their studies, start their own business or work in the sector of their choice.


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After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a multitude of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

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