National N-Diploma Clothing Production (N4-N6)

Course Introduction

This qualification has been developed to enable learners who are particularly interested and talented in an occupational/vocational area to develop competencies in clothing production, which will enable them to either study further, or to be employed and be productive in the sector at entry level and/or second tier level. This qualification is aimed primarily at giving learners technical, theoretical, practical and workplace knowledge and skills required in their chosen occupational/vocational area.

Course Contents


  • Clothing Construction Theory and Practical N4
  • Pattern Construction N4
  • Fashion Drawing N4
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development N4


  • Clothing Construction Theory and Practical N5
  • Pattern Construction N5
  • Fashion Drawing N5
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Development N5 


  • Clothing  Construction Theory and practical N6
  • Pattern Construction N6
  • Fashion Drawing N6
  • Computer Practice 

After completing the N6 Certificate, students need to complete 18 months of practical experience in their area of study to obtain a National N-Diploma. 

Career Fields

  •  Pattern maker, designer, grader or seamstress
    • Boutique / Bridal couture work
    • Private industry
    • Entrepreneur
    • Supervisor in a factory
    • Clothing Consultant

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SAQA ID:67045
NQF Level: 6
Credits: 360

Bristol Training College (Pty) Ltd has been awarded accreditation by the QCTO. The QCTO is the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations qualifications

Programme Type

The National N Diploma: Clothing Production is a National N Diploma of the Department of Education. 

Programme Duration

The programmes consist of 18 months theoretical studies  and 18 months relevant practical application in work places.

Entrance Requirements

Learners need one of the following: 

  • National Senior Certificate;
  • Senior Certificate;
  • FETC; or  N3 in the relevant specialisation area.

Student Assessments

The Department of Higher Education and Training is the examining body for this course. At the end of your studies, you will have to write an external examination set up by the DHET. To qualify to write the exam, you must complete all  your assignments and tests  before the closing dates, so that we can generate a predicate mark for you. 

You will have to register  your exams at College Examination office. Please note that students are  responsible for registering for their exams and for securing their exam venue at the College. they are also responsible for confirming the dates of their exams with the examination officer, before the registration cut off dates for the exams.


Upon successful completion of the N4+N5+N6 National Certificates and the relevant 18 months practical workplace learning, the learner will be awarded the National N Diploma Level 6 from the Department of Education. 

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