NQF Levels

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what is the NQF?

All qualifications are graded on the NQF (National Qualifications Framework), so you've probably seen mention of the NQF before. But what exactly is it? Let's take a look.

What is the NQF?

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
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  • Accelerate the redress of past unfair discrimination in education, training and employment opportunities
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  • 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
    3 Grade 11
    2 Grade 10
    GENERAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING CERTIFICATE (GETC)
    1 Grade 9
    Abet level 4

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