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What Is Goldfields TVET College?

Our College is a great way to further your education. Knowing how to apply or what marks to get is usually quite tricky to get your head around. Luckily, we have put together everything you need to know about how to get into Goldfields TVET College. Our College specifies career-based learning, wherein the aim is to provide skill based courses to allow students to adopt the skills needed for their chosen career.
These courses are usually specified and not very broad. For instance you might be studying how to become an electrician or a plumber. Both of these career choices are specified in their field and can have you working as soon as you leave the College.

What is the purpose of studying with Goldfields TVET College?

Our College focuses on vocational and occupational education and training with aim of preparing students to become functional workers in a skilled trade.

What is the advantage of studying at Goldfields TVET College compared to a university?

Our College is an excellent places to learn and develop technical skills like plumbing, cooking, drawing and more. Learning skills such as these will equip you to work as a tradesman or woman, with a possibility of becoming an artisan. It is usually quicker to obtain a qualification and skills a lower expense. Whereas University programmes are geared towards the transfer of knowledge rather than skills.

Why Study with Goldfields TVET College?

Fortunately this makes it easier for individuals to find work. Employers seek skill-based learning over theoretical based as they won’t need to provide further training at their own cost. Also refer to why study with us? (page) for more information about our College.

How much does it cost to study with Goldfields TVET College?

Most of our students are funded by the Department of Higher Education Science and Technology NSFAS programme. You can also apply for a NSFAS bursary to study our College. Kindy refer to Student Support Services Page to learn more about financial aid/ Bursaries.

Do I need matric to study at Goldfields TVET College?

Not all programmes require a student to have completed their Matric. In some cases, a student needs only a grade 9 certificate to enrol for National Certificate Vocational [NC(V)] or Report 191. Each course has a required level of education. However if you only have a grade 9 certificate, you can find a course to study!

What is a national certificate vocational?

These programs are known for taking you from a NQF level 2 to an NQF level 4. Starting with your grade 9 certificate, the courses are usually 3 years long. These NC(V)programmes include the following subjects:

  • 2 recognised languages
  • A mathematics subject
  • Life Orientation
  • 3 Elective subjects that suit your chosen field
What are the requirements to study with Goldfields TVET College?

These are the requirements needed when applying at Goldfields TVET College.

  • You must have a grade 9 certificate: Before applying to our College, you must have completed grade 9.
  • You must be at least 16 years old: No applicants under the ages of 16 will be accepted.
  • More advanced courses may require higher certificates: Courses like engineering and higher grade studies require a higher level of education.
  • Entrance Exam/ Cap Test: Our College requires that you write an entrance exam as part of your application process. This helps the College gauge each student’s numeracy and literacy skills.
  • Applicant interview: Each applicant may need to go through an interview process to be considered in certain instances.
  • ID and proof of residence: Make sure you have these ready when applying to our College.
What can I study at Goldfields TVET College?

Please refer to the programmes offering.

What are Nated (N) Courses?

The N Programmes focus on developing artisans. They are offered in N1 to N3 Engineering programmes and N4 to N6 in areas of Business studies.

What is Goldfields TVET College, and what does it offer?

A public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College that strives to provide high quality education and training to help you equip yourself with the qualifications and skills you need to start out on a chosen career path. You will gain invaluable life skills to meet the many challenges of the working world with more than just a qualification on paper.

Why should one consider studying at the GOLDFIELDS TVET COLLEGE?

The education and training offered here is customised and responsive to the needs of learners and industry and the careers they encourage are essential for the economic upliftment of the South African economy. A TVET vocational programme will equip you for a successful and rewarding career in an industry that has great need for your practical skills, experience and knowledge and life-long learning. This means your earning potential can be unlimited.

How will enrolling at a public TVET College benefit me?

As a public TVET College students, you will gain integrated theoretical and practical experience, exposure to your chosen industry, as well as a meaningful qualification as part of an affordable education – to which every South African has a right. This is true not only if you are just starting your career – focused education, but also if you are an adult of any age interested in making a complete career you are following – or even interested in making a complete career change! A public TVET College programme helps you to master skills to build your future.

Are TVET Qualifications Recognised by SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority)?

Yes! They are fully recognised by South African Qualifications Authority

What are NCV (National Certificate Vocational) Programmes?


From January 2007, the National Certificate Vocational -+replaced the NATED courses (N1 – N3 Business Studies) at public TVET Colleges. The National Certificate (Vocational) is a qualification at levels 2, 3, and 4 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

NCV was introduced at TVET Colleges at NQF Level 2 in 2007, level 3 in 2008 and level 4 in 2009. It gives Grade 9 learners a Vocational alternative to an academic Grade 10 – 12 by offering industry focused training on the NQF levels 2 – 4. These qualifications are designed to provide both the theory and practice. The practical component of study may be offered in a real workplace environment or in a simulated workplace environment. It provides students with an opportunity to experience work situations during the period of study. The qualification also provides an opportunity to enter higher education studies.

What is the duration of this programme?

The National Certificate qualification is a full year programme at each of the NQF levels of study. A student is issued with a certificate on successful completion of each level of study.

Which subjects make up a National Certificate?

In order to obtain a National Certificate (Vocational), a student is required to take a total of 7 subjects. These include the 3 fundamental subjects and 4 vocational subjects, of which 3 are compulsory and 1 is optional.

What are the minimum entry requirement for this qualification?


For entry into the National Certificate at NQF Level 2 you require:

  • A Grade 9 School Report/ AET Level 4; or
  • An NQF Level 1 qualification
What are Nated Programs/Report 191?


Nated programmes refer to the Formal Technical College Instructional Programmes in the RSA. These programmes are currently offered by the TVET Colleges, alongside the National Certificate (Vocational) programmes. The NATED programmes cover a wide range of National Certificate Qualifications on the N1 – N3, as well as the N4 – N6 Level. These qualifications are, by nature, technical/vocationally orientated and the N1 – N3 qualifications in the engineering field of study have a strong focus on artisan training.

Admission requirements for the National Certificate N1 are in general Grade 9, and for the National Certificate N4 a Grade 12 or equivalent qualification is required.