What will you learn in this Engineering Studies: Electrical N3 course?

This course provides theoretical training to artisans and is offered via the NATED programme. The N1 foundation level is the first in a 3-level engineering programme. In N1 you will learn the mathematics, science and drawing skills that form the basis of all engineering trades. Learn the skills and techniques needed to research, design, install and test electrical and electronic equipment and supervise its manufacturing. The electrical trade involves the generation, distribution and management of all appliances and installations that generate or use electrical energy.

Textbook costs included!

Textbooks can be extremely expensive and some institutions do not include it in the course fee. Not at College SA! Our study material and textbooks are included in the total course price, so you do not have to worry about sourcing your own textbooks. We will send you all the necessary study material to complete this course.

Course Cost and Duration

At College SA we offer you the following ways in which you can pay for your studies:


  • Total Price
    *A once off R950 non-refundable registration fee applies.

What is included in the course fees?

  • Text books and study material
  • Courier fee

Course Starting Dates

With College SA, you can start studying whenever you want: there are no specific course starting dates since we offer distance learning. Please speak to our Educational Planners about your enrolment and study options.

Exam Information

  • College SA fees do not include external exam fees.
  • Exam fees fluctuate from centre to centre
  • Exam fees are payable separately by the student to College SA who will then pay it to the examination centre. 
  • Exams are written in April, August and November of each year.
  • You are eligible for the exams once you have successfully completed three written assignments; once you have registered, the school will advise you on the assignment- and exam registration deadlines.

Assessments Information

You have to successfully complete and submit the required 3 assignments per subject in order for College SA to prepare your term mark. College SA will ensure that term marks are submitted to your exam venue and, together with your exam, these are submitted to the Department of Higher Education and Training for evaluation. Once you have successfully completed all the required national exams, you will be awarded a National Certificate.

Accreditation Info

Status: Accredited course
Type & reward: National Qualification - N3 (SAQA ID: 67491 (N3))
Provided by: Umalusi
Minimum credits: 40

We are a private distance learning college accredited by Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (accreditation number 15FET02 00025) to offer NATED: Engineering Studies N1 – N3 qualifications. As a training provider, we offer technical courses in boilermaking, welding, fitting and turning, motor mechanics and electrical engineering. Umalusi is the quality assurance council in General Education and Training. They set the quality standards and criteria to uphold the academic rigour of the qualifications as offered by College SA. This means that the study material is of a high quality and relevant to your chosen technical field. It also means that Umalusi ensures that training providers comply with set criteria so that you receive up-to-date information and training. Umalusi is nationally recognised by employers and national higher education institutions, meaning you are able to further your technical studies at almost any higher education institution, and employers trust the knowledge that you have already built, which increases your employability.

Entry Requirements

Engineering Studies: Electrical N2

Professional Designation

Registered artisan

What subjects make up this course:

What are subjects?

Subjects are the particular fields of study that are covered in a course. The subjects below make up this course and will need to be completed in order for you to complete this course.

This is the study material you will receive when you enrol for the Engineering Studies Electrical N3 Course. Your study material for this course includes textbooks, study guides and assessment guides.

Mathematics N3

This module gives you an overview of terms and factors, fractions, and root and exponential forms. Learn about surds and logarithms, equations, word problems and manipulation of technical formulae. Gain the skills needed to do differential calculus, geometry of co-ordinates, algebraic graphs and trigonometry.

Engineering Science N3

Learn how engineering systems work. Gain knowledge about energy, work, power, composition of matter, statics, dynamics and electricity, and how they work.

Industrial Electronics N3

This module covers atomic theory, direct currents and alternating currents. You will also learn about the characteristics and applications of semiconductors and diodes, transistors, electrical power controllers, transducers, and about operational amplifiers.

Electrical Trade Theory N3

This module covers electrical domestic appliances, protecting electric devices, and types of electrical lighting. You will also learn about alternating currents, electric circuits and transformers. This module also covers direct current machines.