Requirements For NATED courses

There are all the good reasons for you to study a NATED course. NATED courses are National Qualifications. There is a good chance of being employed if you have it.

To study NATED courses, here is what you will require:

Which NATED Courses Can I Study?

Why Was The NATED Programme Introduced?

The programme was introduced by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to fill a skills gap that had been identified in the job marketplace. Here are four elements that set  NATED courses apart from the others:

  1. Courses are career-oriented
  2. There is a practical element
  3. Students are work-ready on completion of a course
  4. The courses build on each other and are in levels:
    • N4
    • N5
    • N6
    • N6 Diploma

How Am I Assessed?

The assessments of NATED courses are in two parts, and these are:

  • Assignments
  • Exams


There are three open-book assignments for each of your subjects. Prepare and submit the assignments in time. The minimum pass mark for your assignments is 50%.


Exams for NATED courses are held twice a year. Exams are held in May / June and October / November. Registration for the May / June exams is in February, while registration for the October / November exams are in August.

How Does The Logbook System Work?

The logbook details the type of work experience that the student needs to complete and provides evidence of the work having been done. 

For example, the following can be the work experience that the student needs to have: 

  • Drafting and recommending strategies to remain competitive in an industry
  • Observing, determining, and analysing competitors’ strengths and weaknesses

Here is the Supporting Evidence that is needed for that scope of work having being done is the following:

  • Presentation / Report / Memo / Guideline on strategies to remain competitive in the industry
  • Report on the identification of competitors – weak and strong points  

Why Should I Study NATED Courses?

Here is why you should study NATED courses:

  • You can learn and work at the same time
  • A certificate is awarded at every level 
  • Course offer theory and practical
  • It is a gateway to further studies
  • You improve your CV
  • You can gain soft skills

Skills That You Can Gain When You Study NATED Courses

Here are some of the skills that you can gain when you study NATED courses:

  • Leadership skills
  • Technical skills
  • Organisational skills 
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills

Leadership Skills

When you study a NATED course, you can gain leadership skills. As a leader, you will be responsible for motivating your team to achieve certain goals. Managers and team leaders are often required to oversee the activities of all the departments under them. Leadership skills will involve:

  • Delegating tasks
  • Motivating team members
  • Training team members
  • Setting strategic goals   

Computer Skills

Most professions demand that you use the computer and specific software tools. A basic understanding of how these technologies work will go a long way in proving your efficiency. Knowledge of the use of the computer is of utmost importance, as it can assist you with the following:

  • Communication
  • Storing information
  • Producing reports
  • Research

Organisational Skills

As an employee, you will need to have good organisational skills. These skills are beneficial as you will get to manage multiple tasks or projects at the same time. Good organisational skills can help you achieve the following:

  • Create deadlines
  • Adhere to schedules
  • Keep track of tasks 

Communication Skills

As a NATED graduate, you should be able to communicate ideas, expectations and requests clearly and effectively. You can communicate with staff and customers. You should be able to communicate at all levels.

Problem-Solving Skills

This is a very important skill in the work environment. At times, you will not be expected to consult your boss on all issues, but to solve problems on your own. Solving problems on your own can make your superiors more confident in you.

How Long Is A NATED Course?

It will take you about 18 – 36 months to complete the NATED Programme. Here is the breakdown of the duration:  

N4 National Certificate6 – 12 months
N5 National Certificate6 -12 months
N6 National Certificate6- 12  months
Practical Work Experience18 months

Which Colleges Offer NATED Courses?

Matric College offers NATED courses. Remember that Matric College is a distance learning institution. This means that you do not attend any classes. Study material is delivered to your doorstep.

Is Distance Learning For Me?

Yes, distance learning is for you. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider studying through distance learning: 

  • Flexibility 
  • No transport costs 
  • Get Promoted 
  • Gain Experience 


You study at the pace and time that suits you best. You fix your own study timetable. It is recommended that you stick to your timetable. You can also study wherever you want to. Just make sure that you are in a quiet place that has no disturbances.

No Transport Costs

Since there are no classes to attend physically, you will save money on transport. The savings can go towards paying for your tuition. Remember that in these COVID-19 times, when you stay home, you stay safe. 

Get Promoted 

When you study and go to work at the same time, your chances of getting promoted are high. Your employer will be more than happy for you to implement the skills and knowledge that you are gaining at the workplace. 

Work and Learn

The beauty of studying through distance learning is that you can learn and work at the same time. There is no need to quit your job so that you can study. Work, learn and get promoted at the workplace.

Benefits Of Studying At Matric College

To ensure that you succeed in earning your NATED Qualifications, here is how you can benefit at Matric College:

  • We provide you with textbooks
  • We provide you with expertly written study notes
  • Access to tutors
  • Access to student support services from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Assistance with exam preparations

What Is The Difference Between N Levels And NQF Levels?

N Levels are specific to NATED Courses. N Levels do not indicate any National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level. They indicate the level of a NATED course that you are studying. N levels, as matched to the NQF levels, are as follows:

N6 National DiplomaNQF LEVEL 6

Can I Go To University With N6 Certificate?

No, you cannot go to university with an N6 Certificate. You need to achieve a Bachelor’s Degree pass level in Matric to apply for admission at a University.

Can I Be A Manager Right Out Of College?

No, you cannot be a manager right out of college. You can get an entry-level Management Assistant job straight out of college. You will have to work your way up the corporate ladder. Furthermore, you will need experience and perhaps further studies.

What Is A NATED Certificate?

When you complete a NATED course, you will be awarded a NATED Certificate. This is because you gained your Certificate under the NATED Programme. Remember, NATED Qualifications are also known as National Qualifications.

Author: Collin Wilbesi
Editor: Connor Bergsma
Date Published: June 13, 2022