Diploma in Grade R Teaching

Programme Status

The Diploma in Grade R Teaching, with CHE accreditation number H/PR148/E008CANis in a process of being phased out by SANTS and no new enrolments on this programme, is 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This qualification has been replaced by a new Diploma in Grade R Teaching programme, with CHE accreditation number H/PR148/E013CAN which is aligned with the amended Minimum Requirements for Teacher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’ Diploma in Grade R 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 Diploma in Grade R Teaching qualification is to develop resourceful, adaptable, pedagogically flexible, knowledgeable, proactive, and reflexive teachers, specifically for Grade R teaching and learning within South African contexts and realities. To this end, pre-service teachers will become competent in educational theory, the requisite disciplinary knowledge, and pedagogical content knowledge essential for Grade R teaching and learning. Students will develop a thorough understanding of the holistic development of the child from birth as well as an understanding of the ecological contexts and issues that shape children’s learning and experiences of school.

The 364 credit NQF Level 6 Diploma in Grade R 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 13. The programme has been accredited by the Council on Higher Education. Accreditation No: H/PR148/E013CAN.

SAQA ID: To be confirmed.

DURATION:  Full time is a minimum of 3 years. Part-time is a minimum period of 4 years.


Programme Design

Semester 1 Semester 2
Module name Code NQF level Credits Module name Code NQF level Credits
Year 1
Academic Literacy ALI410 5 14 Introduction to Language and Literacy Learning in Grade R ILL410 5 12
Fundamental Mathematics FMA410 5 14 Introduction to Mathematics Learning in Grade R IML410 5 12
Computer Literacy CLI410 5 14 Introduction to Life Skills in Grade R ILS410 5 12
Education Studies 1: Theories of Child Development in Context EDS411 5 12 Education Studies 2: Theories of Teaching and Learning in Context EDS412 5 12
54 48
Workplace Integrated Learning Year 1 WLG411 5 16
Sub-total for the year: 118
Year 2
Professional Studies 1: The Teacher and the Child Friendly Environment PFS421 5 12 Professional Studies 2: Grade R Curriculum in Practice PFS422 6 14
Home Language and Literacy Learning in Grade R (1) LLG421 6 16 Education Studies 3: Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment EDS423 6 14
Mathematics Learning in Grade R (1) MLG421 6 16 English First Language IEL420 5 12
Life Skills in Grade R (1) LSG421 6 16
60 40
Workplace Integrated Learning Year 2 WLG422 6 20
Sub-total for the year: 120
Year 3
Home Language and Literacy Learning in Grade R (2) LLG432 6 16 English First Additional Language ELG430 6 14
Mathematics Learning in Grade R (2) MLG432 6 16 Education Studies 4: Education Policy and Practice EDS434 6 14
Life Skills in Grade R (2) LSG432 6 16 Professional Studies 4: Critical Issues in Education PFS343 6 14
Professional Studies 3: Early Years Teacher Identity and the Profession 6 14
62 42
Workplace Integrated Learning Year 3 WLG433 6 22
Sub-total for the year: 126
Total credits for the  programme: 364

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

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 that meets the minimum requirements for admission to Diploma programmes;

b) A pass in the Senior Certificate;

c) A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) meeting the following requirements:

  • At least 50% in three fundamental subjects, including the language of learning and teaching of the institution (English); and
  • At least 60% in four vocational subjects, chosen from the NC (V) level 4 subjects.

d) An Early Childhood Development (ECD) Level 4 or 5 certificate or Diploma in ECD may also be presented for admission and assessment pertaining to advanced credit standing.

Fees Payable

The tuition fee for the 1st year of study for the Diploma in Grade R Teaching offered by SANTS is tentatively R15, 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 R1250 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 R15, 000 that includes the tuition and study material fees payable to the institution.

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