Everything you Want to Know About a National Diploma

As confusing as it may seem, a diploma and National diploma are not the same thing. Find out everything you need to know about the difference between the two right here!

If you want to get your National Diploma but feel confused about what exactly it entails, we are here to help. Here’s everything you want to know about a National Diploma and then some!

The Perks of Getting a National Diploma

Any form of further education comes with its own set of  benefits. National Diplomas are courses that adhere to the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).  They are accredited by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTC). This means that these courses are of a high standard. Doing them will give you access to credible, quality education. 

Industry Related Training 

These courses focus on work related training. This means that a huge emphasis is put on getting you work ready. They will teach you specific skills to thrive in your chosen profession and get a job. 

Transferable Skills

Other than the industry specific skills you will be learning, you will also get familiar with skills that you can use in any workplace. All our courses offer Business English as a subject. This ensures that you will be able to communicate professionally in any environment.

Job Opportunities 

The easiest way to ensure job security is to get qualified. These courses will give you the credibility that you need to survive in the competitive work environment. Give your CV an edge and enrol today. 

Access to Higher Education

Can you turn your National Diploma into a Degree? There are certain universities that offer degree options for individuals who have completed their National Diploma. Obtaining your diploma will give you access to other study options which will up your skills. 

A student researching on her laptop what a National Diploma is.

How Getting a National Diploma Works 

Now that you’re convinced that this is the best route to go, you’re probably wondering how it all works. There are two parts attached to getting your National Diploma: theory and practical training.

  • To get your qualification you must complete your N4, N5 and N6 courses in a particular field. You can complete these either in breaks or in a time frame between 18-36 months. 
  • Once you have successfully completed your subjects, you must then do 18 months of practical training in the workplace. This is the final step to getting certified. 

The Importance of Practical Experience

Practical experience is essential as it goes hand-in-hand with the theory you will learn. This makes it easier to apply your knowledge in a real life scenario. Employers are drawn to individuals who are educated and have practical skills. This will make you stand out from the rest of the crowd. 

Our National Diploma Courses 

We have a diverse range of NATED courses you can choose from.Whether you are interested in management, marketing or the development of young children – there is a course that will fit your needs.  They are: 

Entry Requirements 

To enrol into our NATED courses you must have a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent. Don’t have your matric? Have a look at our Adult Matric Option and get the ball rolling on furthering your studies. You can have a look at our Open Access Courses

Studying Towards a National Diploma in South Africa

There are many colleges to consider in your study journey, but why not give distance learning a go? Here, at Skills Academy, we offer the following distance learning perks

Go the distance with us – you won’t regret it. 

The Difference Between a Diploma and National Diploma 

A Diploma and National Diploma are very similar in their approach. Both offer career-orientated training with the aim of preparing students for the work environment. National Diplomas are simply a higher level of education as they must adhere to certain standards. 

Other Study Options 

The great thing about us is that we have so many study opportunities. If you are not sure that getting a National Diploma is for you, these are the other options you should consider. 

Study Without Matric

Need a matric to study further? Not with us. We have an array of courses to study without matric. They are: 

These are just a few of the courses you can enrol into without matic. 

Adult Matric

Set on getting your matric? We don’t blame you. Getting your matric opens many doors. Have a look at our Adult Matric option. All you need is to be 21 years or older and have completed Grade 9.

Accredited Courses

Our Accredited Courses are great for students who are looking for quality courses. Accredited courses are certified by professional bodies and hold great weight in the professional world. Have a look at our ICB and CIMA courses for recognised learning.

Whether you enrol into our NATED courses, open access courses or accredited courses you can’t go wrong. All our courses will give you access to more opportunities. What are you waiting for? Enrol today. 

Get Your National Diploma and Enrol Into our World-Class Courses Today. 

Ready to enrol? Our course experts are ready to assist you through our quick and easy process. Get in touch by:

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Last Updated: October 30, 2020


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