B Ed Foundation Phase Teaching

Programme Status

The Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Foundation Phase, with CHE accreditation number H/PR148/E006CAN is in a process of being phased out by SANTS and no new enrolments on this programme are accepted by SANTS. This qualification remains a Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) approved and recognised qualification for employment in public schools in South Africa.

This qualification has been replaced by a new Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Foundation Phase Teaching programme, with CHE accreditation number H/PR148/E011CAN which is aligned with the amended Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (Gazetted 19 February 2015). The Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) accredited the programme with prior to commencement conditions on 7 June 2018. SANTS’ B.Ed. in Foundation Phase Teaching programme has been approved and registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). SANTS will only accept new applications for this programme once the programme is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and SANTS has met all the prior to commencement conditions set by the HEQC. No fixed time frames can be confirmed but we expect this to be in 2019.

General Information

The purpose of the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Foundation Phase Teaching qualification is to develop resourceful, adaptable, pedagogically flexible, knowledgeable, proactive, reflexive teachers specifically for Foundation Phase teaching and learning in particular for South African contexts and realities. To this end, you will become competent in educational theory, the context of education, schools, and classrooms, the requisite disciplinary knowledge, and pedagogical content knowledge essential for Foundation Phase teaching and learning. You will develop a thorough understanding of the holistic development of the child from birth as well as the educational and ecological contexts and issues that shape children’s learning and experience of school.

The 498 credit NQF Level 7 B.Ed. in Foundation Phase Teaching is a recognised and approved qualification for employment in education by the Department of Higher Education and Training and has been evaluated on a REQV 14. The programme has been accredited by the Council on Higher Education. Accreditation No: H/PR148/E011CAN.

SAQA ID:  To be confirmed.

DURATION:  Full time is a minimum of 4 years. Part-time is a minimum period of 5 years.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:  To be confirmed.

Programme Design

Semester 1 Semester 2
 Module name Code NQF level Credits Module name Code NQF level Credits
Year 1
Academic Literacy ALI310 5 10 Critical Literacies for Teachers CLT310 5 10
Fundamental Mathematics 1 FMA311 5 10 Introduction to Mathematics Teaching in the Foundation Phase MTF121 5 10
Computer Literacy CLI310 5 10 Professional Studies 1: Foundation Phase Classroom Practice PFS311 5 10
Education Studies 1: Theories of Child Development EDS311 5 10 Education Studies 2: Theories of Learning and Teaching EDS312 6 12
Introduction to Language and Literacy Teaching in the Foundation Phase LTF110 5 10 Introduction to Life Skills Teaching in the Foundation Phase LSF111 5 10
50 52
Workplace Integrated Learning Year 1 WIL111 5 18
Sub-total for the year: 120
Year 2
Home Language and Literacy Teaching in the Foundation Phase 1 HLF111 6 12 Home Language and Literacy Teaching in the Foundation Phase 2 HLF122 6 12
English First Additional Language and Literacy Teaching in the Foundation Phase 1 EAF121 6 12 Professional Studies 3: Social Justice and Current Issues in Education PFS333 6 12
Life Skills Teaching in the Foundation Phase 1: Personal and Social Well-being LSF122 6 12 Mathematics Teaching in the Foundation Phase 1 MFT122 6 12
Education Studies 3: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment EDS323 6 12 Education Studies 4: History of Education and Education Policies EDS324 6 12
Professional Studies 2: School and Classroom Management PFS322 6 12
60 48
Workplace Integrated Learning Year 2 WIL122 6 20
Sub-total for the year: 128
Year 3
Home Language and Literacy Teaching in the Foundation Phase 3 HLF133 6 12 English First Additional Language and Literacy Teaching in the Foundation Phase 2 EAF132 6 12
Mathematics Teaching in the Foundation Phase 2 MTF133 6 12 Mathematics Teaching in the Foundation Phase 3 MTF134 6 12
Life Skills Teaching in the Foundation Phase 2: Physical Education LSF123 6 12 Life Skills Teaching in the Foundation Phase 3: Creative Arts LSF134 6 12
Education Studies 5: Sociology of Education EDS335 7 14 Professional Studies 4: Teacher Identity and the Profession PFS334 7 14
50 50
Workplace Integrated Learning Year 3 WIL133 6 22
Sub-total for year: 122
Year 4
Home Language and Literacy Teaching in the Foundation Phase 4 HLF144 7 14 English First Additional Language and Literacy Teaching in the Foundation Phase 3 EAF143 7 14
Mathematics Teaching in the Foundation Phase 4 MTF145 7 14 Digital Pedagogies for Teachers DPT340 5 10
Life Skills Teaching in the Foundation Phase 4: Natural Sciences and Technology LSF145 7 14 Life Skills Teaching in the Foundation Phase 5: Social Sciences LSF146 7 14
42 38
Research in Education RIE340 7 22
Workplace Integrated Learning Year 4 WIL144 7 26
Sub-total for the year: 128
Total credits for the  programme: 498

Home Language Competence and First Additional Language competence is developed throughout the programme and formally assessed in the final year of study. Communicative competence in a third language is developed through a self- study programme and assessed in the final year of study.

Admission Requirements

Admission is through one of the following options as per programme approval by the Department of Higher Education and Training:

a) National Senior Certificate with Bachelor endorsement with:

  • 50% for Home Language;
  • 40% for English First Additional Language;
  • 45% for Mathematics OR 55% for Mathematics Literacy; and a
  • Total APS score of 28 and above.

b) Senior Certificate with exemption with:

  • 50% for Home Language;
  • 40% for English First Additional Language; and
  • 40% for Mathematics OR 55% for Mathematics Literacy.

c) National Certificate Vocational with:

  • 70% or above for Home Language, First Additional Language and Mathematics/Mathematics Literacy; and
  • 60% or above for four vocational subjects.

d) Diploma in Grade R Teaching with an overall percentage of 65% in the programme.

e) National Professional Diploma in Education (NPDE) with Foundation Phase specialization with an overall percentage of 65%.

f) Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with conditional admission through mature age exemption:

  • If it includes Home Language, English First Additional Language and Mathematics/Mathematics Literacy; or
  • Recognition of Prior Learning which proves competence in the previous point above.

g) Recognition of Prior Learning proving equivalence to any of the above linked to historical or conditional admission through mature age exemption.’

Fees Payable

The tuition fee for the 1st year of study for the B.Ed. in Foundation Phase Teaching programme offered by SANTS is by SANTS is tentatively R17, 000 and is subject to confirmation upon commencement. This includes all study material, assignments, tuition, examinations as well as face-to-face support sessions. In order to limit the financial burden to a student as much as possible, tuition fees can be paid in 4 instalments, spread out over each academic year. Alternatively, students can pay 12 monthly instalments of R1417 per month. Students will, however, be responsible for the purchase of their own stationery throughout the programme.

Applicants that are applying for a student loan or bursary should apply for a total amount of R17, 000 that includes the tuition and study material fees payable to the institution.

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