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National Qualifications



A national qualification will equip you with vocational skills designed to increase your employability — and earning potential — in a number of South Africa’s biggest industries.

At Oxbridge Academy, you can study toward a wide range of national qualifications that will earn you a National Certificate recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

What is a national qualification?

National qualifications include the qualifications that are registered on the national qualifications framework (NQF). The national qualifications available at Oxbridge Academy include NATED qualifications (often also referred to as N1 to N6 or N-level qualifications). The N-level qualifications are issued by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), and are regulated by various quality assurance bodies, including the QCTO and the SETAs.

Why choose to study an N-level course?

You earn a recognised qualification

Since they are accredited and regulated by industry organisations (such as SETAs — Sector Education and Training Authorities), these qualifications are recognised and accepted by most employers in South Africa. This means that the N-level  qualifications act as formal qualifications in South Africa.


You obtain valuable skills training

The NATED programme was developed by the DHET to address skills development in the South African education landscape. Various N-level courses were also developed specifically to help fill the skills gaps in the South African workplace. Enrolling for an N1 to N6 course will therefore ensure that you get the necessary skills and vocational training to work and thrive in the profession you are studying toward.


You gain access to further education

If you complete the full N4 – N6 qualification in the field of your choice, and you complete 18 months of relevant practical experience, you can apply to the DHET for a National Diploma. A National Diploma can give you access to degree-level studies in various fields at certain South African universities.

You have the option of studying via distance learning

With Oxbridge Academy, you can complete your national qualification via distance learning. This means that you:

  • Study from home.
  • Can choose to study part-time.
  • Can maintain a full-time job while studying.
  • Receive the help of our skilled student support representatives and industry-expert tutors throughout your studies.

How to enrol for a National Qualification

You can start your studies at any time of the year. To register for a national qualification:

  1. Fill in the form on this page, or call us on 021 1100 200.
  2. Talk to one of our Student Advisors about your study options.
  3. Pick a course and register for it with the help of your Student Advisor.
  4. Receive your study material (included in the course fee) via post or courier.
  5. Study from home with the help of our student support staff and industry-expert tutors.
  6. Submit your assignments via fax, post, e-mail, or online portal.
  7. Receive meaningful feedback on your assignments.
  8. Complete your course and write your national exams at an exam venue near you.
  9. Receive your Certificate of Achievement once you’ve passed your exams.


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