The sub-framework of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) in South Africa consists of three separate sub-frameworks, each focusing on different levels of education and training. These sub-frameworks are as follows:
1. **General and Further Education and Training Qualifications Sub-framework (GFETQSF):** This sub-framework is responsible for qualifications offered at the General Education and Training (GET) and Further Education and Training (FET) levels. It covers levels 1 to 4 of the NQF and includes qualifications such as the General Education Certificate (GETC) and the National Senior Certificate (NSC) at various grades.
2. **Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework (HEQSF):** This sub-framework is responsible for qualifications offered in the higher education sector, including universities and universities of technology. It covers levels 5 to 10 of the NQF and includes diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate qualifications.
3. **Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework (OQSF):** This sub-framework is responsible for occupational qualifications, which are aligned to specific occupations or trades. It covers levels 1 to 8 of the NQF and includes vocational qualifications, artisan qualifications, and professional designations.
Each sub-framework is designed to cater to specific educational and training pathways in South Africa, ensuring that qualifications are nationally recognized and that learners can progress smoothly between different levels of education and training. The NQF serves as a quality assurance mechanism, providing a consistent and standardized framework for the development and recognition of qualifications across the country.