National Diploma ECD NQF Level 5

Early Childhood Development

Diploma | SAQA ID: 64650 | NQF 5 Accredited by: ETDP SETA

  • 24 months
  • Grade 12 or NQF Level 4 Certificate
  1. Provide access to a recognised educator qualification at Level 6 for ECD educators who have a Level 4 or Level 5 certificate in ECD, providing a bridge between non-formal and formal learning programmes.
  2. To enable educators / learners to plan and implement a learning programme which is based on their knowledge of child development from birth to nine years and which helps children in a specific phase work towards achieving the learning outcomes of the national school curriculum (where appropriate).
  3. To improve community-based ECD services for young children by raising the level of ECD teaching competence and/or by providing opportunities for training in support and leadership roles.
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Daycare Centre Administrator
  • Daycare Centre Manager
  • Aupair
  •  Assistant Grade R Teacher

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Upon completion of this course, students will be awarded a National Diploma for a NQF level 5 ECD: Early Childhood Development

  • The total cost to obtain the full qualification is R19 600.00 per learner. 
  • A deposit fee of R2000.00 per annum is required at the beginning of each year.
  • The remaining R15600.00 can be paid off over 24 monthly instalments of R650 per month.
  • No students will be allowed to participate in final assessments if fees are outstanding.
  • Fees do increase should student exceed the study period.

The qualification can be achieved as a whole or in part through the recognition of prior learning. Learners who have completed the Certificate at Level 5 should be able to participate in a learning programme(s) that provides the 120 credits not included in the Certificate, i.e. the fundamental learning components and additional electives. The Diploma is also intended to provide direct access to the Degree at Level 6.

Cost breakdown

Registration fees

The registration fee represents an initial deposit and  contributes towards the activation of your course. Payment of the registration fee secures your Welcome Pack, which includes:

  • Your registration letter and information pack
  • Your first study unit/module
  • A Distance Learning Survival Guide
  • A study programme
  • An outline of your payment plan

NQF Level 5 ECD National Diploma


-Total price: R19 600


-Deposit fee: R2000 per annum


-Monthly: R650


-Months: 24 months


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