Qualifications: credits, modules and levels

Credits are the number of notional study hours required for achieving the learning outcomes. Notional hours include studying time, assignments and examinations. The credit rating system rates 10 notional hours as equivalent to one credit. 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 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.

At NQF level 5, a bachelor’s degree consists of 8 modules of 12 credits each; at NQF level 6: 12 modules of 12 credits each; at NQF level 7: 10 modules of 12 credits each.

These levels follow on from each other. When choosing a module, you must first have passed the module at the previous level. Before you can be awarded a qualification, you must have completed the required number of credits; and the modules must be completed at the required NQF level.

Plan your curriculum using the information in the my Registration @ Unisa brochure and website.