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The General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training: Academic Curriculum is suitable for adult learners and will provide them with fundamental basics of general education learning. The qualification is registered at Level 1 of the NQF. It is comparable to Grade 9 or the old Standard 7. A person who has successfully passed all the required subjects will be on the same academic level as someone who has passed Grade 9 at school. Purpose of this qualification: The purpose of the qualification is to equip learners with foundational learning by acquiring knowledge, skills and values in specified learning areas. In addition, it also allows learners to choose elective unit standards which relate to occupational type learning relevant to their area of interest or specialisation. In particular, the qualification aims to:
  • Give recognition to learners who achieve and meet the necessary requirements and competencies as specified in the exit level outcomes and associated assessment criteria.
  • Provide a solid foundation of general education learning which will help prepare learners and enable them to access further education and training learning and qualifications, particularly occupational workplace-based or vocational qualifications.
  • Promote lifelong learning to enable learners to continue with further learning.
  • Prepare learners to function better in society and the workplace.
Programme code:
Accreditation status:
• NQF Level 1 – accredited by Umalusi • SAQA ID: 73249 • 120 Credits  
Course duration:
24 months  
Entry requirements:
The minimum requirements for entry into the General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training: Academic Curriculum qualification are:
  • An official learning area statement at ABET level 3 for the fundamental component issued by a registered institution/centre; OR
  • An ABET level 3 report card issued by an accredited centre; OR
  • Proof of level of achievement equivalent to ABET level 3; OR
  • The results of placement assessment, administered by the centre, indicating readiness for entry into the GETC: ABET level 4 learning programme.
Subjects covered:
We offer students the option to choose from one of two streams. They are:
Stream 1: CommercialStream 2: Sciences
Communication in EnglishCommunication in English
Mathematical LiteracyMathematical Literacy
Life OrientationLife Orientation
Economic and Management ScienceNatural Science
Small, Medium and Macro EnterprisesHuman and Social Sciences
Human and Social SciencesSmall, Medium and Macro Enterprises
Students are required to complete the following:
  • 4 or 5 site-based assessments per subject that is submitted in the form of a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE).
Upon completion of this course, students will be awarded a General Education and Training Certificate: Adult Basic Education and Training Academic Curriculum from Umalusi.  
Articulation options:
Horizontal articulation Horizontal articulation is possible with any GETC qualification. Vertical articulation Vertical Articulation is possible with the following qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF):
  • ID 49648: National Certificate: New Venture Creation (SMME), NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49556: National Certificate: Development Practice, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 14851: National Certificate: Agricultural Trade Processes, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 59099: National Certificate: Agricultural Equipment Service and Repairs, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 48976: National Certificate: Animal Production, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 48977: National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 20183: National Certificate: Banking, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 23833: National Certificate: Business Administration Services, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 48806: National Certificate: Craft Production, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 21798: Certificate: Telecommunications for Customer Premises Equipment, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49085: National Certificate: Fundamental Ancillary Health Care, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 64149: National Certificate: Occupational Safety, Health and Environment, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49605: National Certificate: Environmental Practice, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 14110: National Certificate: Accommodation Services, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 17174: National Certificate: Tourism: Guiding, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49280: National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Distribution, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 58206: National Certificate: Wholesale and Retail Operations, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 50440: National Certificate: Vocational: Level 2.
  • ID 49410: National Certificate: Construction, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 23613: National Certificate: Mechanics, Chemical Welding, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49689: National Certificate: Automotive Repair and Maintenance, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 50307: National Certificate: Bread and Flour Confectionery Baking, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 21870: National Certificate: Clothing Manufacturing, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 24273: National Certificate: Community House Building, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 48742: National Certificate: Hairdressing, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 64189: National Certificate: Metals Production, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 50083: National Certificate: Milk and Cream Handling and Storing, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 48977: National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49581: National Certificate: Poultry Processing, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 62709: National Certificate: Service Station Operations, NQF Level 2.
  • ID 49279: National Certificate: Victim Empowerment and Support, NQF Level 2.
R 17 200.00
R 700.00
R 16 500.00
R 700.00 X 23.6  
  Please note: The registration fees shown apply to South African students only. Foreign students are required to pay a non-refundable R2400 deposit instead of a registration fee.  

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