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What are NQF levels?


Having to navigate your future and what is required to advance will have you coming across words and abbreviations you don't understand. One of those is NQF levels. 


Looking at universities, jobs, internships, etc. list of requirements, you'll come across a few things. One of those will be a required NQF level. How are you supposed to know you're eligible to apply if you don't understand what's required of you? This is where we come in. Every student needs guidance and unfortunately, schools aren't always sufficient in educating you about post-school concerns. 

NQF is an abbreviation for National Qualifications Framework which is the South African framework used to arrange levels of learning achievements brought about by South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).  There are 10 levels of learning achievement and each South African has to identify which level they have acquired in order to know the level of skill they have and where they can go with that qualification.

General and Further Education and Training Qualifications Sub Framework

NQF Level 1 A general certificate. Completed grade 9. 

NQF Level 2 An elementary certificate. Completed grade 10.

NQF Level 3 An intermediate certificate. Completed grade 11.

NQF Level 4 A national certificate. Completed grade 12/matric. 

Higher Education Qualification Sub Framework 

NQF Level 5 A higher certificate. 

NQF Level 6 A diploma. Advanced certificate

NQF Level 7 A Bachelor's degree. Advanced diploma. 

NQF Level 8 An Honour's degree. Post-graduate diploma. 

NQF Level 9 A Master's degree. 

NQF Level 10 A Doctoral degree. 

The higher you go, the more qualified you are. The more levels you acquire, the more skilled you are. 






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