NQF Levels

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The objectives of the NQF are to:

• Create an integrated national framework for learning achievements

• Facilitate access to, and mobility and progression within education, training and career paths

• Enhance the quality of education and training

• Accelerate the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities
• Contribute to the full personal development to each learner and the social and economic development of the nation at large

Saqa is responsible for running the National Qualifications Framework, or NQF. The NQF originally consisted of eight levels but was later increased to ten levels. The NQF levels run from Adult Basic Education and Training all the way up to doctoral degrees.

NQF Levels

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NQF Level Qualification Type
HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING CERTIFICATE (HETC)
10 Post-doctoral research degrees

Doctorate
9 Masters degree
8 Professional qualifications
Honours degrees
7 Diplomas

National 1st Degrees
6 Higher Certificates
5 National certificates and
Occupational Awards
FURTHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING CERTIFICATE (FETC)
4 Grade 12 National skills certificates
and Occupational Awards
3 Grade 11

2 Grade 10

GENERAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING CERTIFICATE (GETC)
1 Grade 9
Abet level 4

GET certificate




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