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At Curro, we understand that learners may often want to specialise from a young age. Therefore, Curro Holdings Ltd: Private College has several campuses that offer the National Certificate Vocational (NCV). These career-focused programmes allow learners to follow a matric route that runs parallel to the FET phase (Grade 10 to Grade 12). Learners at these campuses receive an excellent education that makes them highly employable, while remaining in a regular school environment and not attending classes with adults.  


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 are set by Umalusi) learners complete NCV Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 (which are 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 21st-century skills that make them highly employable should they choose to not pursue tertiary studies. Furthermore, learners receive a qualification from the DHET after completing each level.  


Why would you choose the NCV?  

This path allows learners who already know which career they want to pursue to focus their learning path directly after Grade 9. The qualification provides learners with academic and practical knowledge in their areas of specialisation, as well as valuable 21st-century skills and workplace experience built into the programme. Furthermore, good academic performance allows learners to further their studies at a tertiary education institution or enter the job market with workplace-ready experience.  

Learners are further able to focus on their areas 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 are required to take only one language subject on first additional level, whereas learners who continue to Grade 12 are expected to take two languages on various difficulty levels.  


Who can enrol for these programmes?  

Learners who havepassed Grade 9can enrol for the programmes offered at their private college campus of choice, although some programmes might require at least 50% for Mathematics. Maximum age restrictions per year also apply.  


What are the pass requirements?  

Assessments are conducted via practical assessments, as well as knowledge-based tests and examinations. Some assignments and tests are set by the campus specialists, 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 Vocational 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 2024.  

Our registration number is 2018/FE07/054.  


Does NCV allow learners to go to university?  

Learners who complete NCV Level 4 at Curro 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 matric). These minimum requirements are set by government and published in the Government Gazette. In addition, education institutions may still set their own further (more stringent) minimum entry requirements.  

Learners who gain access to tertiary education with an NCV qualification will be able to study qualifications relevant to only the area in which they specialised.  


Is this meant for non-academic learners?  

Non-academic learners may find the practical and skills-focused approach followed in these programmes more favourable, but this approach is also suitable for more academically inclined learners wanting to specialise early on. Though the programmes include workplace experience, the academic learning material is no less stringent than what is followed in Grades 10 to 12. Learners might respond better to the learning material of their chosen programme, as the learning material relates directly to an area and industry in which they are interested and passionate. 


Do learners have to complete all levels (up to Level 4)?  

We strongly suggest that learners complete up to Level 4, as this could allow them access to tertiary studies and is on the same NQF level as Grade 12. However, as learners receive a national certificate upon completion of each level, learners may choose not to continue and to rather study elsewhere, seek employment, or pursue other avenues. Finding employment directly after completion of Level 4 is highly likely, as the programme provides learners with workplace-ready experience and 21st-century skills 


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