CUT Admission Requirements For Further Education And Training (FET/TVET) Students

The admission requirements for NC(V) Level 4 and traditional N qualifications (N3, N4, N5 and N6) create articulation and clear pathways for FET/TVET college students seeking to enrol in career-focused university programmes in the field of study for which they hold a FET qualification, particularly in scarce skills areas such as Engineering, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Business/Finance and Education.

As documented in this prospectus, our programmes are underpinned by our vision and will enable prospective students to meet national, business and industry needs.

Minimum statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 Level students

  • Candidates must meet the minimum statutory requirements for students in possession of an NC(V) 4 qualification, as set out in Government Gazette no. 32743 of 26 November 2006, to be eligible for admission to a higher certificate, diploma and bachelor’s degree (see Table 1).
  • Candidates must note that, according to Section 37 (i) of the Higher Education Act (Act 101 of 1997), the decision to admit a student to higher education study is the right and responsibility of the higher education institution concerned. This implies that individual institutions may set additional admission requirements for specific programmes.

Table 1: Minimum statutory admission requirements

Qualification Minimum entry requirement
Higher certificate • All statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 should be met;• 40% in English;

• 30% in either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy;
• 40% in Life Orientation; and
• 50% in the other four vocational subjects.

Diploma • All statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 should be met;• 50% in three fundamental subjects, one of which must be English; and

• 60% in three compulsory vocational modules.

Bachelor’s degree • All statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 should be met;• 60% in three fundamental subjects, one of which must be English; and

• 70% in three compulsory vocational modules.

 Institutional requirements for NC(V) 4 level students

  • NC(V) 4 candidates must score the minimum admission points on the scoring scale for admission, as prescribed in the CUT admissions policy (See Table 2). Since NC(V) programmes are highly specialised, such applicants will only be considered for admission into programmes of similar specialisation, for example, NC(V): Tourism applicants will be considered for the Diploma: Tourism Management only, and no other specialisation, regardless of their performance in the NC(V) examinations. Admission to a particular programme is subject to the requirements of that programme (See Table 3 below).
  • NC(V) 4 applicants are eligible for university admission only if they have obtained a full qualification. No applicant will be admitted based on the completion of certain subjects in a qualification.
  • Life Orientation forms part of the final score, with a maximum value of one.
  • NC(V) candidates are expected to possess a minimum level of proficiency in English since this is the language of learning and teaching (LoLT) at CUT. A minimum mark of 50% for English as Home Language (vernacular) or First Additional Language is therefore considered to be sufficient, although any proof of proficiency in the English language will also be taken into consideration.

The scoring scale for NC (V) 4 subjects is indicated in Table 2.

Percentage achieved in NCV subject 30-
50-59% 60-
Points rating for a % value 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Table 2: Scoring scale for NC(V) 4

The programme-specific requirements are indicated in Table 3.

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