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Are you considering studying Electrical Engineering N1-N3 course in 2021, get more information below on the requirements, subjects, closing dates and fees.

Electrical Engineering N1-N3 Course in 2021


You might be interested in getting your National Certificate be it in N1, N2 or N3 under electrical engineering in 2021. To achieve that, you can do so by attending classes or through distance learning (correspondence). Attending classes is currently becoming less and less preferred with the current challenges of Covid 19. Corresponding is the preferred method of study. But what does correspondence entail?

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Correspondence studies for Electrical Engineering N1-N3

Correspondence studies are referred to some as distance learning. While the two words do mean different things for the purpose of this article, we will assume they mean the same thing. With distance learning studies mostly entail the following:

  • The student receives the study material for the subjects registered for
  • The student receives assignments for the subjects registered for.
  • The student may also receive access to online resources such as extra notes, video sessions, etc to enhance learning
  • The student receives previous papers with answers for the subjects registered for.
  • At times the student also gets access to teachers online

Requirements for Electrical Engineering N1-N3

The outcome of the studies is to obtain a National Certificate at each level. To obtain a National Certificate, a student needs to pass four subjects. The pass mark for is 40%.

The following are the requirements when you want to study electrical engineering. Also note that the requirements are based on your entry stage, weather you are starting from N1 or N2 or N3.

N1 studies requirements

  • Grade 9 or 10 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or relevant experience or an equivalent qualification

N2 Studies requirements

  • N1 Engineering Studies or 11 (with Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or an equivalent qualification

N3 studies requirements

  • N2 Engineering Studies or Grade 12 (with¬†Mathematics, Science and Drawing) or an equivalent qualification

Three types of electrical engineering courses

There are a few differences between the three groups of study as shown below

Subjects involved

There are three main subjects that are involved in all the three courses mentioned above. These are:

  • Mathematics N1-N3
  • Engineering Science N1-N3
  • Industrial electronics N1-N3

Whether you are studying heavy current, light current or instrumentation, you will need to have the three above subjects.

The fourth subject is the one that dertimines the differences.

For heavy current, the fourth subject is Electrical Trade Theory N1-N3

For light current, the fourth subject is Radio and Television Theory N1-N3

For Instrumentation, the fourth subject Instrument Trade Theory N1-N3

Pass requirements

In order to obtain a pass in any N1 to N6 engineering subject, the pass mark is 40%. A student will get a distinction when they obtain a mark of 80% and above. In the case of a student getting a mark of 38% or 39% in the final mark, the department does condone the student to obtain a pass on that subject on condition that the student passes the other three subjects with 40% and above.

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Course duration

The course duration can last from four months to 8 months per level depending on how the wants to write the subjects. The student can choose to write all the four subjects at once in one trimester meaning this level will take 4 months. The student can also choose to split the subjects meaning that the student will take about 8 months and above. Please note that the student can choose any number of subjects they want to write even a single subject at a time is allowed, the only disadvantage is the time it will take to finish the course. We encourage students to take either two subjects at a time or all the four at once. Also please note that when you split the subjects, the certificate will take a longer time be released as we have to apply for a combination of the subjects into a single certificate.

Registration times

Registration times for electrical engineering N1-N3 are usually as follows:

  • For first trimester, the registration begins as early as end of October/ beginning of November the previous year to end of January of the new year
  • For second trimester, registration begins from April and closes in May
  • For last trimester, the registration begins in August and ends in September.

Please note that students can register early before the trimester begins and the advantage will be to ensure they get enough time to study. The students do not need to wait for the above dates but can register at any time of the year if interested.

What to do next

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