These admission requirements for NC(V)4 and traditional N qualifications (N4, N5 and N6) create articulation and clear pathways for FET college students who wish to enrol in career-focussed university programmes in the field of study for which they obtained an FET qualification and especially in scarce skills areas such as Engineering, ICT, Business/Finance, and Education.

Our programmes are underpinned by our vision and will enable prospective students to meet national, business and industry needs.

SECTION 1: ADMISSION CRITERIA FOR FET COLLEGE NCV (4) STUDENTS TO UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES AT CUT

Minimum Statutory requirements for NC (V) 4 level students

  • Candidates must meet the minimum statutory requirements for NC (V) 4 students, as set out in Government Gazette no: 32743 of 26 November 2006, to be eligible for admission into Higher Certificates, Diplomas and Bachelor’s Degree qualifications (See table 1).
  • Candidates must note that according to Section 37 (i) of the Higher Education Act, 1997 the decision to admit a student to higher education study is the right and responsibility of the higher education institution concerned.

Table 1: Minimum Statutory admission requirements

Qualification Minimum entry requirement
Higher Certificate • All statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 to be met;• 40% in English;• 30% in either Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy;• 40% in Life Orientation;• 50% in the four other vocational subjects.
Diploma • All statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 to be met;• 50% in three fundamental subjects one of which must be English;• 60% in three compulsory vocational modules.
Bachelor’s degree • All statutory requirements for NC(V) 4 to be met;• 60% in three fundamental subjects one of which must be English;• 70% in three compulsory vocational modules.

Institutional requirements for NC (V) 4 level students

  • NC(V) candidates must meet the required admission score as prescribed in the CUT admission policy (See Table 2). Since NC(V) programme is highly specialized, NC(V) applicants will only be considered for admission into programmes of similar specialisation, for example National Certificate Vocational: Tourism applicant will be considered for National Diploma Tourism Management and not any other specialisation regardless of how well they have performed in their NC(V) examinations. Admission to a particular programme is subject to the requirements of that programme (See Table below 3).
  • NC(V) level 4 applicants are eligible for university admission if they have a full qualification. No applicant will be admitted based on 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 teaching and learning (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.

HOW TO CALCULATE ADMISSION POINTS

Percentage achieved in NC(V) subject 30-39% 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70-79% 80-89% 90-100%
Points rating for % value

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

The programScoring scale for NC (V) 4

Table 3: Programme specific requirements

NC(V) 4 PROGRAMMES CUT QUALIFICATIONS SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS
Civil Engineering and Building Construction
Construction Planning National Diploma: Civil Engineering In addition to the general entry requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required for applicants seeking to pursue their studies in Civil Engineering.  Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Construction Supervision
Materials
Carpentry and Roof Work
Concrete Structures
Masonry
Physical Science
Plumbing
Roads National Diploma: Building In addition to the general entry requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in Mathematics or 70% in Mathematical Literacy is required for applicants seeking to pursue their studies in Building.  Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Drawing Office Practice
Architectural Graphics and Technology 
Civil and Structural Steel work
Mechanical Draughting and Technology 
Drawing Office procedures and Techniques

 

Education and Development
Art and Science of Teaching Diploma: Design and Studio Art In addition to the general entry requirements, every applicant must write an access assessment test and undergo an interview. The following subjects are highly recommended: Painting, Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Graphic Processes, Jewellery Design, Jewellery Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship & Business Management (only N4), History of Art (N5 & N6)
Human and Social Development
Learning Psychology 

 

Electrical Infrastructure Construction
Electrical Principles and Practice  National Diploma: Electrical Engineering In addition to the general entry requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required. Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Electronic Control and Digital Electronics 
Electrical Workmanship
Electrical Systems and Construction
Physical Science
Engineering and Related Design
Applied Engineering Technology National Diploma: Mechanical Engineering In addition to the general entry requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required. Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Engineering Processes 
Professional Engineering Practice
Automotive Repair and Maintenance
Engineering Fabrication – Boiler making
Engineering Fabrication – Sheet Metal Worker
Fitting and Turning
Physical Science 
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Processes
Welding

 

Finance, Economics and Accounting
Applied Accounting  Higher Certificate: Accounting In addition to the general entry requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in Accounting is required.
Economic Environment  Diploma: Cost Management and Accounting
Financial Management
New Venture Creation 
Hospitality
Client Services and Human Relations National Diploma: Hospitality Management In addition to the general entry requirements, every applicant must write an access assessment test and undergo an interview. Consumer Science, Hospitality Studies, Accounting or Business Studies are highly recommended.
Food Preparation 
Hospitality Generics
Hospitality Services 
Information Technology and Computer Science
Computer Programming National Diploma: Information Technology In addition to the general entry requirements, a minimum mark of 60% in Mathematical Literacy or 40% in either Mathematics or Information Technology is required. Every application must write an access assessment test.
Data Communication and Networking
Systems Analysis and Design
Multimedia Service – Implementation date 2013
Management
Financial Management  Higher Certificate: Financial Information Systems In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in Accounting is required.
Management Practice
Operations Management National Diploma: Public ManagementNational Diploma: Human Resources  Management A candidate must score at least 27 or more points on the CUT scoring scale.
Project Management
Marketing
Advertising and Promotions National Diploma: Marketing A candidate must score at least 27 or more points on the CUT scoring scale.
Marketing
Marketing Communication
Consumer Behaviour
Contact Centre Operations
Mechatronics
Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Not applicable CUT will offer this qualification from 2015.
Electrotechnology 
Stored Programme Systems
Mechatronic Systems
Office Administration
Business Practice National Diploma: Office Management and Technology A candidate must score at least 27 or more points on the CUT scoring scale.
Office Data Processing
Office Practice
Personal Assistance

 

Primary Agriculture
Animal Production National Diploma: Agricultural Management In addition to the general admission requirements, a minimum mark of 40% in one of the following subjects, as well as a minimum mark of 50% in another, is required: Agricultural Sciences, and/or Biology or Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Life Orientation, Economics, Accounting or Physical Science
Advanced Plant Production
Farm Planning and Mechanisation
Agri-business
Process Instrumentation
Electronics Control and Digital Electronics National Diploma: Electrical Engineering In addition to the general entry requirements, a minimum mark of 50% in both Mathematics and Physical Science is required for candidates wishing to pursue their studies. Every applicant must write an access assessment test.
Engineering Processes
Physical Science
Instrumentation Technology
Tourism
Client Services and Human Relations National Diploma: Tourism Management A candidate must score at least 28 or more points on the CUT scoring scale. Due to the relatively high demand for places in this programme, a candidate who scores less than 24 points on the CUT scoring scale will not be considered for selection.
Science of Tourism
Sustainable Tourism in South Africa and International Travel
Tourism Operations
Transport and Logistics 
Freight Logistics Not applicable
Transport Economics
Transport Operations

SECTION 2: ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS WITH N4, N5 AND N6 QUALIFICATIONS

The following admission requirements apply:

  • A candidate inpossession of an FET N3, N4, N5 or N6 certificate may qualify for admission to the first year of Diploma qualifications – based on his/her best 7 subjects for N4/N5 or N5/N6 and a minimum of 50% obtained for English on N3 level. However a candidate must meet the minimum admission requirements, including the language requirement, on the CUT scoring scale before he/she will be allowed to write an access assessment test (see Table 4 for the CUT scoring scale for N qualifications).
  • A candidate with an N3, N4, N5 or N6 certificates does not qualify for subject recognition.
  • Subject recognition may be granted to FET students who have successfully completed their FET N6 diploma. Such subject recognition will only be considered for first-year CUT certificate and/or diploma subjects and it will only be based on FET N6 level diploma subjects successfully completed. These subjects must be passed at N4, N5 and N6 level with 50% or above.
  • Programme prerequisites must be met before a candidate will be admitted to a specific programme.
  • An official statement of results must be presented to CUT.

HOW TO CALCULATE ADMISSION POINTS

Symbol achieved

N3

N4/N5/N6

A

6

8

B

5

7

C

4

6

D

3

5

E

2

4

CUT Scoring Scale for N qualifications

If you do not qualify on the scoring scales, do not despair. CUT offers an Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP), a bridge year(s) that will give you various options before continuing on your true career path.

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Academic Structure and Student Enrolment Services or the relevant department for more information.

Updated: 18 June 2014

 

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