FET College


What Are Further Education And Training Colleges?

FET (Further Education and Training), OR TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) colleges, as it is NOW known, are institutions that offer educational training for careers such as Tourism, Office Administration and Hospitality. 

These colleges also cater for students that do not thrive in traditional schools by offering job-specific courses. Students learn theoretical and practical skills through TVET colleges. 

The purpose of these colleges is to prepare learners for a career in a specific field. TVET college students have the option of studying through distance learning. TVET colleges are accredited by the QCTO.   

What Is The Difference Between FET And TVET

TVET and FET College are exactly the same thing. They are not only for people who did not finish Matric. They aim to provide students with critical skills and practical knowledge of specific jobs. 

Further Education And Training Colleges

What Are TVET Courses

TVET courses are for students who have completed Grade 9 and are not part of a Higher Education Programme.   

TVET courses are focused on preparing students for a career in a certain field while providing them with the knowledge they need to excel at it.  

Here is a list of courses you can find at TVET colleges:

Which Qualifications And Programmes Are Offered At Public TVET Colleges?

Students studying at TVET colleges can receive the following qualifications after completing their courses:

What Makes Further Education And Training Different?

The South African education system consists of three bands, which are:

General Education & Training (GET) Takes place from Grade 0 – 9Grade 3 = ABET 1Grade 4 = ABET 2Grade 5 = ABET 3Grade 9 = ABET 4 NQF 1 Grade 9
Technical and Vocational Education & Training (TVET) Takes place from Grade 10 – 12Offers traditional classroom subjectsOffers scarce skills modulesOffers theoretical and practical training NQF 2NQF 3NQF 4 Grade 10 / NCV First Year
Grade 11 / NCV Second Year
Grade 12 / NCV Third Year
Higher Education & Training (HET) Includes courses leading to Certificates, Diplomas and DegreesHighest level of education for this bandRequire a matric certificateFocus is on theory NQF 5NQF 6NQF 7NQF 8NQF 9NQF 10 Higher Certificate Diploma
Honours Degree
Masters Degree
Doctorate Degree

Can I Study At TVET College Without Matric?

Yes, you can study at a TVET college without Matric. TVET colleges offer courses that help you to get your Matric or a Matric Equivalent Certificate.

What Does A TVET College Offer To Grade 9 School Learners?

TVET colleges offer NCV qualifications that are equivalent to Grades 10, 11 and 12. After completing Grade 9 you can get your Matric Certificate. These qualifications also provide you with skills for specific careers. 

Do TVET Colleges Provide You With Work Experience?

Yes, TVET colleges do provide you with work experience. Most TVET college courses require students to complete practical work experience before they are able to get their qualifications. 

Career Paths

Consider all your traits when choosing a career. Once you decide on the career you want, the next step would be to apply for a course suited to this. Matric College offers courses suited to careers in:

What To Look For When Applying To TVET Colleges

When applying to a TVET college it is important to check that it is recognised. All TVET colleges must be registered with the Department of Higher Education. Accredited courses have great value in the job market. 

There is also an assortment of fully accredited Management courses offered at Bellview that you might find an interest in like, for instance, Human Resource Management or any other one of their Management Courses including Business Administration, Financial Management, Business Management, Marketing Management, etc. 

Author: Roegshana Pamplin 
Editor: Caitlin Roux
Last Updated: February 16, 2024

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