The Alignment of Existing IAC Qualifications with the National   qualifications Framework (NQF)

As a further step towards meeting the requirements of the South African Qualifications Framework (NQF). The IAC has reviewed its curricula as well as the rules of the subject combinations.

In aligning IAC curricula with the South African national Qualifications Frame-work (NQF) the names of the awards at each level were changed. This change does not affect the respective HSRC rating as given in section 3.

LEVEL 5: HIGHER CERTIFICATE

The general educational intent of the qualifications at each NQF level is as follows

Skills Wide ranging scholastic or technical
Contexts Variety of familiar and unfamiliar
Knowledge Broad knowledge base incorporating some theoretical concepts, recall and comprehension (building a theoretical basis)
Information processing Basic analytical interpretation of information
Problem solving A range of sometimes innovative responses to concrete but often unfamiliar problems based on informed judgment
Orientation of activity Self-directed
Application of responsibility Under broad guidance and evaluation
Orientation and scope of responsibility Complete responsibility for the quantity and quality of output and possible responsibility for the quantity and quality of the output of others
Education pathway Entry to undergraduate or equivalent education
Training pathway Training towards certification in advanced trade and technical occupations

LEVEL 5: DIPLOMA

Skills Wide ranging specialized scholastic or technical
Contexts Variety of routine and non-routine
Knowledge Broad knowledge base with substantial depth in some areas – 40% theory (recall and comprehension) and

60% application

Information processing Analytical interpretation of a wide range of data
Problem solving The determination of appropriate methods and procedures in response to a range of concrete problems with some theoretical elements
Orientation of activity Self-directed and sometimes directive
Application of responsibility Within broad, general guidelines or functions
Orientation and scope of responsibility Full responsibility for the nature, quantity and quality of output and possible responsibility for the achievement of group output
Education pathway Continuing undergraduate or equivalent higher education
Training pathway Training towards certification in technological or para – professional occupations

 

LEVEL 6: HIGHER DIPLOMA

 

Skills Wide ranging specialized scholastic or technical and basic research across a major discipline
Contexts Highly variable routine and non-routine
Knowledge Knowledge of a major discipline with depth in more
than one area; 20% theory and 80% application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation
Information processing The analysis, reformatting and evaluation of a wide
range of information
Problem solving The formulation of appropriate responses to resolve
both concrete and abstract problems
Orientation of activity Managing processes
Application of responsibility Within broad parameters for largely defined activities
Orientation and scope of responsibility Complete accountability for achieving personal and/or group output
Education pathway Completion of undergraduate or equivalent higher education and entry to honours, masters or equivalent higher education
Training pathway Subsequent completion of professional certification and entry to professional practice and/or managerial occupations.