BEd in Foundation Phase Teaching

General Information

The Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree in Foundation Phase Teaching is presented at the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Exit Level 7 with minimum total credits of 498, earned over a minimum of four years. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has approved and recognised the degree and placed the qualification on REQV 14. The programme has been accredited by the Council on Higher Education; accreditation no: H/PR148/E011CAN. Furthermore, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) registered the degree; qualification ID: 112484.

Duration: The minimum duration to complete the degree on a full-time basis is four years and part-time is 5 years.

Closing date for new applications: The closing date for new applications is 30 November 2019 for enrolment in the first semester of 2020. Take note that space for the degree programme is limited.

Programme Design

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; and
• 45% for Mathematics OR 55% for Mathematics Literacy.

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 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

Tuition fees to study towards the BEd in the Foundation Phase Teaching programme include all study material, assignments, tuition, examinations, and access to a student portal, as well as face-to-face academic support sessions.

All students are expected to pay a registration fee with the first enrolment on the programme and an annual re-registration fee for each new academic year thereafter, which is payable before the commencement of a new academic year. This registration and re-registration fee is deducted from the annual tuition fee payable.

Three different tuition fee payment options are available to accommodate the needs of individual students. Each payment option is related to the date of payment to which the student must rigidly adhere. An early payment discount is offered to students who settle their tuition fee account timeously, as illustrated in Table 1. The three options available are:

Option 1: TWO equal instalments, one per semester; due dates 31 March and 31 August.

Option 2: TWO equal instalments, one per semester; due dates 30 April and 30 September.

Option 3: TEN equal monthly instalments; month end.

Table 1: Tuition fee structure BEd in Foundation Phase Teaching

It should be noted that fees are charged per module as per the table below. This rate per module will be applicable for students who have to repeat a specific module. If a student elects to enrol for fewer modules than the proposed semester structure, as might be the case for part-time students, the total tuition fees due in a given calendar year may vary from the amounts listed in the table above. The same discount formula will, however, be applied if the criteria stipulated in the table above are met.

Applicants that are applying for a student loan or bursary should apply for a total amount that includes the tuition and study material fees payable to the institution. The discounts offered will be credited to the student’s account in the event that a loan or bursary is paid on or before the payment due dates as per the table above.

Table: BEd Foundation phase module fee structure

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