About Higher Education Programmes
Higher education programmes lead to academic qualifications registered on the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
Higher education qualifications provide a focus towards a career field but are not as specific as occupational programmes in preparing students for a specific job function. These more academic programmes build a flexible and adaptable knowledge base that can be applied in a great many professional, work-place contexts.
Higher education qualifications include Higher Certificates, Advanced Certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, First Degrees and Post-Graduate Degrees and represent the pinnacle of any academic journey.
About Occupational Programmes
Occupational programmes lead to academic awards registered on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF) of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
Occupational qualifications provide a focus that points towards a specific career field and prepares learners for a specific job(s) function(s). These programmes build a flexible and adaptable competence base that can be applied in a great many professional, work-place contexts.
Occupational qualifications include National Certificates, Higher Certificates and Diplomas, and represent the base for a professional and/or academic journey.