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

This course is theoretical training to prospective artisans via the NATED Programme. N3 is the advanced level in this 3 level engineering programme. Learn the skills and techniques to maintain and repair motorcars, buses, trucks and other vehicles. Get the skills to analyse, identify, confirm and locate motor vehicle problems.

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 R950.00 activation fee applies if you pay by debit order

What is included in the course fees?

  • Text books and study material
  • Courier fee 

Course Start Dates

With College SA you can start studying whenever you want, there are no specific course start 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 with 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 rigor 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 informati on and training. Umalusi is nationally recognised by employers and national higher education institutions; you are able to further your technical studies at almost any higher education institution and that employers trust the knowledge that you have already built, which increases your employability.

Entry Requirements

Engineering Studies: Motor Trade 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 Motor Trade 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, root and exponential forms. Learn about surds and logarithms, equations, word problems and manipulation of technical formulae. Get the skills to do differential calculus, geometry of co-ordinates, algebraic graphs and trigonometry.

Engineering Science N3

Understand how the engineering systems work. Equip yourself with the knowledge about scientific elements such as energy, work, power, composition of matter, statics, dynamics and electricity and how they work.

Industrial Electronics N3/ Engineering Drawings N3

(Students have to choose between the Industrial Electronics and Engineering Drawings. You will then continue with the 1 subject you have selected throughout your N1 – N3 studies.) Get background information about the definition of electronics and where and how it is used. Learn about direct and alternating current theory, transistor theory and semiconductor theory. Equip yourself with knowledge of electronic power control, operational amplifier and measuring instruments.

Motor Trade Theory N3

Learn about value operating mechanisms, petrol injection, fluid clutches transistorised ignition and how a diesel fuel system works. This module will also give you information about power assisted steering, differentials, final drives and 4 wheel drives.