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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

Bachelor of Agriculture 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
72830  Bachelor of Agriculture 
ORIGINATOR
University of KwaZulu-Natal 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
CHE - Council on Higher Education  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National First Degree  Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation  Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  384  Level 6  NQF Level 07  Regular-Provider-ELOAC 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification replaces: 
Qual ID Qualification Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Min Credits Replacement Status
2479  Bachelor of Agriculture  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  384  Complete 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
To produce graduates that at a Bachelors level have a broad and applied background and have specialist knowledge and skills in the main disciplines within the applied Agricultural Sciences. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Matric Exemption or equivalent 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
1. Understand the fundamentals of applied plant science, namely: soil/plant/atmosphere interactions and management; plant genetics, biochemistry and physiology; interactions of plants with pathogens/pests/weeds and management thereof; plant propagation; plant nutrition; crop production and utilization; and analysis and interpretation of statistical data.
2. Develop generalist to specialist knowledge of, and practical skills in, a chosen qualification or combination of qualifications available within the programme.
3. Through prescribed modules, develop effective: Time management and organisational skills; Interpersonal skills in order to work effectively in small to large groups; computer literacy skills (specific modules prescribed); data management, analysis and interpretation skills; Information retrieval, management and critical synthesis skills. 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
Historically across modules, learners will:
1. Demonstrate a satisfactory generalist to specialist understanding of the principles of the chosen qualification commensurate with the level of graduation.
2. Demonstrate satisfactory generalist to specialist practical skills within the chosen qualification commensurate with the level of graduation.
3. Demonstrate satisfactory data analysis and interpretation skills commensurate with the level of graduation.
4. Demonstrate satisfactory written and oral skills commensurate with the level of graduation.
5. Demonstrate satisfactory creative problem solving skills, common sense, self-discipline, self-motivation, and intellectual curiosity commensurate with the level of graduation

Integrated assessment:

The University of Natal is currently reforming its assessment strategies to include the assessment of applied competence for each qualification. In the meantime, a combination of continuous assessment and traditional written examinations serve to assess the integration of all/most of the learning outcomes for each module in a qualification. 

ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
Learners may shift into the programme at any level provided they meet all the prerequisite requirements for that level. Students from Agricultural Colleges and Technikons with completed Diplomas may carry credits into the qualification. 

MODERATION OPTIONS 
The ETQA system for HE is not yet fully developed. Until such time as it is, procedures described under Assessors Criteria, are suffice. 

CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
Until the HEQC establishes a registration system for assessors in the HET Band, the University of Natal assumes that, on the basis of its rigorous selection criteria for the appointment of academic staff (who also have opportunities for staff development in assessment), staffs are competent to assess students on the modules they teach. This assessment is quality assured via a university system of internal moderation and external examination. External examiners are appointed for their teaching and disciplinary expertise and subject to the approval of Faculty Boards. The University of Natal ruling is that 66 % of all assessments at exit level, i.e. leading to a qualification, are externally examined. 

REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2006; 2009; 2012; 2015. 

LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
When qualifications are replaced, some (but not all) of their learning programmes are moved to the replacement qualifications. If a learning programme appears to be missing from here, please check the replaced qualification.
 
LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
NQF Level
NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
Assurance
Functionary
NQF Sub-Framework
117524  Bachelor of Agriculture in Agricultural Extension  University of KwaZulu-Natal  Not Applicable  NQF Level 07  360  2018-12-31    HEQSF 



All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.