Curro Rivonia offers two National Certificate Vocational (NCV) programmes as an alternate matric route from the FET phase (Grade 10 to Grade 12). These career-focused matric programmes allow learners with clear career goals to specialise from a young age.
What is the NCV?
The National Certificate Vocational (NCV) is a high-standard, skills-focused qualification that runs parallel to the National Senior Certificate (NSC). Instead of Grades 10, 11 and 12, which is set by Umalusi, learners complete NCV Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4, which is set by the DHET and endorsed by Umalusi.
This career-focused matric qualification allows learners with a Grade 9 pass to choose from various programmes, thereby specialising from a young age in their field of interest and gaining knowledge and skills that make them highly employable should they choose to not pursue tertiary studies. Learners receive a qualification after completing each level. This qualification is issued by the DHET and endorsed by Umalusi.
Why would you choose the NCV?
The NCV allows learners who already know which career they want to pursue, to specialise from a young age. The qualification provides learners with academic and practical knowledge in their area of specialisation, as well as valuable skills and workplace experience. Furthermore, good academic performance allows learners to further their studies at a tertiary education institution, or to enter the job market with workplace experience.
Learners are further able to focus on their area of specialisation, as the pass requirements for the programme-specific subjects are more stringent than general subjects such as Life Orientation or Mathematics. In addition, they only need to take one language subject on first additional level, whereas learners who continue to Grade 12 are expected to take two languages on various difficulty levels.
What is the difference between NSC and NCV?
Who can enrol for NCV programmes?
Learners who have passed Grade 9 can enrol for the programmes offered, although some programmes might require at least 50% for Mathematics. Maximum age restrictions apply per year.
What are the pass requirements?
Assessments are conducted via practical assessment tasks, tests and examinations. Some assignments and tests are set by Curro Rivonia, while the external examinations and integrated summative assessment tasks are set by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
To pass each level, learners need to achieve the minimum percentage for each subject:
- English First Additional Language: 40%
- Life Orientation: 40%
- Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy: 30%
- Four programme-specific subjects: 50%
What is our registration status?
Curro Holdings Ltd is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private College in terms of Section 31(3) of the Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006 (Act No. 16 of 2006) and Regulation 14(4)(b) of the Regulations for the Registration of Private Further Education and Training Colleges, 2007, to offer the National Certificate Vocation qualification in accordance with the criteria for providing continuing education and training as defined in the Act. This provisional registration is valid until 31 December 2022.
Our registration number is 2018/FE07/054.
Click here to view our accreditation letter.
Does NCV allow learners to go to university?
Learners who complete NCV Level 4 could gain access to tertiary education at colleges, universities and universities of technology, as long as they meet the minimum entry requirements (as with NSC). These minimum requirements are set by government and published in the Government Gazette. In addition, universities may still set their own further (more stringent) minimum entry requirements.
Learners who gain access to tertiary education with an NCV qualification will only be able to study qualifications relevant to the area in which they specialised during their NCV.
Is NCV meant for non-academic learners?
Non-academic learners will find the practical and skills-focused approach followed in NCV more favourable, but the NCV is also suitable for more academically inclined learners wanting to specialise.
Do learners have to complete all levels (up to Level 4)?
We strongly suggest that learners complete up to Level 4, as it could allow them access to tertiary studies and is on the same NQF level as Grade 12. However, upon completion of any level, learners may choose not to continue and to rather study elsewhere, seek employment, or pursue other avenues.