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Does Technical Matric qualify one for university

One of the most asked questions by students who want to do Technical Matric is whether Technical Matric qualifies you for University. And the good news is a big YES. Technical Matric does qualify you for University depending on a number of factors which will be discussed below. However many people think that Technical Matric and Universities don’t mix which is not correct at all. A quick point to remind you is that this is an Umalusi Exam conducted by the Department of Education and has NQF level 4 which is Matric certificate.

Afrikaans one of the must languages to do!

Doing Technical Matric has a number of advantages many students are not aware of, which had they known, they would have passed their Matric much faster and with good grades compared with the incomplete Matric or poor grades they got. The current Matric (CAPS Syllabus) is very good and competitive but most students struggle a lot with it. To me, the answer is to do Technical Matric especially if you have an Afrikaans background.

Afrikaans is important in this Matric as it is part of the home language that is a must to do if one is to get a complete Technical Matric.

Different careers in Technical Matric and Job opportunities

Let us look at the different carriers offered by Technical Matric which one can do at the Universities. The University that will be looked at here is the Tshwane University of Technology.

The current prospectus for TUT clearly states different careers which N3 can be used to qualify for as well as different job opportunities students can have after the completion of the studies. Some of these are listed below. To find out more about the courses visit the actual website at Tshwane University of Technology.

Faculty of Information and Communication Technology

Under this faculty the following National Diplomas are offered 

  • National Diploma: Information Technology: Business Applications
  • National Diploma: Information Technology: Communication Networks
  • National Diploma: Information Technology: Intelligent Industrial Systems
  • National Diploma: Information Technology: Multimedia
  • National Diploma: Information Technology: Software Development
  • National Diploma: Information Technology: Support Services

Requirements for these diplomas if you happen to have Technical Matric

According to TUT prospectus, it states that “Applicants with a National N Certificate as published in Nated 191: N3 at (NQ F Level 4)”

Very important information to note is that this Matric is offered by the Department of Education and accredited by Umalusi hence the University also recognizes it as stated below:

“A National Senior Certificate or a N Certificate as published in Nated 191: N3 (NQF Level 4) issued by the Council for General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) with at least 40% (APS of 3) for English and 60% (APS of 5) for Mathematics. Applicants with at least 50% (APS of 4) for Mathematics will be considered for the extended programme”.

 Purpose of the qualification and careers

Students who do these studies qualify a diverse range of job opportunities as stated in the TUT prospectus. Some of these include the following.

  • To become a successful competent practicing engineering technicians in a diverse, South African work setting and global environment, and to be able to adapt to new and shifting technologies.
  • The qualification opens the door to careers in computer systems engineering through employment in industry, government or private practices, as well as careers in other engineering, science, or professional disciplines such as systems engineering technician, network integration technician, programmer, firmware developer, defense electronics and telecommunication technician, robotics, embedded systems technician.
  • A person in possession of this qualification is able to meet the requirements for registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a candidate Engineering Technician. The graduates can also pursue advanced study in Computer systems through the Advanced Diploma articulation which leads subsequently to further articulation towards the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma, MSc and PhD.

 Minimum duration of the studies:

The qualification takes three years for the National Diploma. Three and a half years for the extended curriculum programme with foundation provision.

Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA): The National Diploma: Engineering:

Computer Systems is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa

(ECSA), and students completing the qualification will be able to register with

that Council.

Possible further studies:

B Tech and M Tech: Computer Systems. D Tech: Computer

Science and Data Processing (field of specialisation: Computer Systems)

Possible careers:

Systems analyst, network technologist, systems manager,programmer.

This information was taken from the website of Tshwane University of Technology and the prospectus concerning this information can be downloaded here.Tshwane University of Technology

Hence doing Technical matric is not a loss as some have been meant to believe. If you know what you want to become in life, N3 can help you qualify compared to failure to qualify due to poor marks obtained in the currents offered curricula.

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