Unisa Qualifications: credits, modules and NQF levels
For example: A Higher Certificate has 120 credits consisting of a 10 x 12 credit module. A module consisting of 12 credits equates to 120 notional hours. It therefore requires at least 8 hours of study per week in a 15-week semester.
Qualifications require a certain number of credits, broken down into smaller units. At Unisa, undergraduate modules are usually 12 credits. Each module is pegged according to a specific NQF level. A bachelor’s degree of 360 credits, for example, consists of 30 modules of 12 credits each.
A bachelor’s degree may consist of
- between 8 and 10 modules of 12 credits each at NQF level 5
- between 10 and 12 modules of 12 credits each at NQF level 6
- 10 modules of 12 credits each at NQF level 7
These levels follow on from one another. When choosing a module, you must first have passed the module at the lower level. Before you can be awarded a qualification, you must have completed the required number of credits. The modules must be completed at the required NQF level.
Plan your curriculum using the information on the registration website.
|New NQF level||Vocational||Professional||General|
|10||Doctoral degree||Doctoral degree|
|9||Master’s degree||Master’s degree|
|8||Postgraduate diploma||Postgraduate diploma
|7||Advanced diploma||Bachelor degree
|6||Diploma (240 credits and 360 credits)||Diploma (360 credits)|
|6||Advanced certificate (120 credits)|
|5||Higher certificate (120 credits)|