Study Natural Sciences

FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES

Natural science is about studying anything that involves subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Those subjects are a discipline in studying the physical and natural world or the events that happen in nature. The Faculty of Natural Sciences offers National Diploma: Agriculture, Biomedical Sciences, Analytical Chemistry, Community Extension, Environmental Health, Information Technology and Nature Conservation.

Qualification Minimum requirements CAO code Duration
Agriculture

Agricultural Science 4 OR

Life Science 4

English Home Language 4  OR

English First Additional Language 4 Mathematics 3 OR

Mathematics Literacy 4

Physical Science 3

MN-M-AG3

3yrs

Biomedical Science

English Home Language 4

English First Additional Language 4

Mathematics 4

Life Sciences  4 OR

Physical Science 4

Compulsory entrance test

MN-M-BD3

3yrs

Analytical Chemistry

English Home Language 4

English First Additional Language 4

Mathematics 4

Physical Science 4

MN-M-AN3

3yrs

Community Extension

English Home Language 4

And level 4 in one of these subjects;

Agricultural Science,  Consumer Studies, Life Science, Geography, Economics

MN-M-CX3

3yrs

Environmental Health

English Home Language 4

English First Additional Language 4

Mathematics 3 OR

Mathematics Literacy 4

Physical Science 3 OR

Life Science 3

(Geo and Agric Science 4 recommended)

MN-M-EV3

3yrs

Nature Conservation

English First Additional Language 4

Agricultural Science  4 OR

Life Science 4

Mathematics 3

MN-M-NC3

3yrs

Information Technology

English Home Language 4

English First Additional Language 3

Mathematics 3 OR

Mathematics Literacy 4

Compulsory entrance test

MN-M-IT3

3yrs

 

Career opportunities

Agriculture: Animal Production
Students are equipped with theory in all aspects of animal production and practical application of animal production in industry and extension contexts.

Agriculture:
Students are prepared theoretically and practically, for a career in the fields of agricultural development or extension and to promote the development of sound agricultural practice in the farming industry.

National Diploma: Biomedical Technology
The course qualifies the Biotechnologist for employment in a pathology laboratory. Alternate employment opportunities include positions in laboratories linked to the food or medical industry, or in sales divisions of the medical equipment and pharmaceutical products industries.

National Diploma: Analytical Chemistry
The course prepares technicians for positions in analytical laboratories, where many types of analysis are made, using a variety of techniques including classic wet chemical methods and sophisticated instrumental methods. Technicians may find work in routine analytical quality control laboratories or in research laboratories which explore new processes and techniques of manufacture.

National Diploma: Community Extension
To train students to improve the standard of living of rural communities by:

  • Motivating communities to participate in self-help projects, particularly in order to promote food security and alleviating poverty; and
  • Effectively communicating improved functioning of rural and urban households by extending domestic, social and agricultural skills into the communities.

National Diploma: Information Technology
The course provides students with the required skills for computer software development, theoretical and practical grounding for wok in an information technology environment according to industry needs.

National Diploma: Environmental Health
The Environmental Health Officer is trained to inform, assist, advise and interact with the population in the work place, homes, and public recreational areas to promote the health and safety of all members of the community.

National Diploma: Nature Conservation
To cater for the human resources needs of conservation organisations, and to initiate self-employment opportunities for students by providing theoretical and practical expertise in the field of conservation studies. This is a functional and well recognised qualification, which is a prerequisite for appointment and promotion as a nature conservator.