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Curro Thatchfield offers one 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 and provides them workplace-ready experience and 21st-century skills. Although we are a private college campus, we accommodate learners in this programme in our high school so that they can remain in a school environment with small class sizes.
What is the NCV?
The National Certificate: Vocational is a high standard, skills-focused qualification that runs parallel with the National Senior Certificate (NSC). Instead of Grade 10, Grade 11 and Grade 12, learners complete NCV Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. These qualifications allow learners with a Grade 9 pass to make career choices and specialise from a young age.
Learners in our small class sizes gain the knowledge required in their area of specialisation and provides them with valuable skills and workplace experience. Good academic performance allows access to further education (including universities), but learners are equipped to gain direct access into the job market with specialised skills.
Why would you choose NCV?
These programmes allow 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 21st-century 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 in the FET phase are expected to take two languages on various difficulty levels.
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. In addition, maximum age restrictions apply per year.
What are the pass requirements?
Assessments are conducted via assignments, tasks, tests, and examinations. Most assignments and tests are set by Curro Thatchfield, while the external examinations 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:
What is our registration status?
Curro Holdings Ltd is provisionally registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training in terms of section 31(3) of the Continuing Education and Training Act, 2006 (no. 16 of 2006) and regulation 12(4)(b) of the regulations for the registration of private Further Education and Training colleges, 2007. This provisional registration is valid until 31 December 2022.
Our registration number is 2018/FE07/054.
Click here to view our accreditation letter.
Can learners still 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 this qualification will only be able to study qualifications relevant to the area in which they specialised while at our private college campus.
Is this approach meant for non-academic learners?
Non-academic learners will 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.
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. In addition, each level provides learners with additional 21st-century skills and workplace-ready experience which could benefit them in a great manner. However, upon completion of any level, learners may choose not to continue and to rather study elsewhere, seek employment, or pursue other avenues.
Contact us with any questions you might have on what Curro Thatchfield offers at our private college campus or view our prospectus.