The Bachelor of Education degree equips students to become qualified Foundation Phase teachers (Grade R to 3). The purpose of the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching qualification is to develop resourceful, adaptable, pedagogically flexible, knowledgeable, proactive, reflective teachers specifically for Foundation Phase teaching and learning and with the South African contexts and realities in mind. 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 degree is presented at the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Exit Level 7 with minimum total credits of 480, 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.

CLOSING DATE: SANTS will have two intakes annually, namely a January and July intake. The closing date for admission in January will be 31 October of the previous year. The closing date for a July intake will be 31 May of that year.

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    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 admission to Bachelor degree studies with:

    • 50% for Home Language,
    • 40% for English First Additional Language, or

    b.      A Completed Senior Certificate with university (complete) exemption, or with endorsement prior to 2008 with:

    • 50% for Home Language, and
    • 40% for English First Additional Language, or a

    c.       National Certificate Vocational (NCV) Level 4 with:

    • 70% or above for Home Language and the First Additional Language, and
    • 60% or above for four vocational subjects, or a

    d.      Completed Diploma in Grade R Teaching (NQF 6; Minimum Credits of 360).

    The completed Diploma in Grade R Teaching qualification will be recognised for Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT), towards the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching. This will allow the completion of the four-year degree in a minimum period of three years, commencing with the SANTS’ Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching from the second year, semester one, or a

    e.      National Professional Diploma in Education (NPDE) with Foundation Phase specialisation with an overall percentage of 65%, or a

    f.         Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    Recognition of Prior Learning proving equivalence to a, b, c or d above linked to historical or conditional admission through mature age exemption. This avenue is available to students who have completed the National Senior Certificate, Senior Certificate, National Certificate Vocational or National Professional Diploma in Education but do not meet specific admissions requirements, including:

    • Minimum percentages for subjects or diploma and
    • Specific subjects included in the Certificate or other Qualification.

    (Please refer to section 12 in the Prospectus for more information regarding Recognition of Prior Learning)


    Tuition fees to study towards the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching programme include all study material, assignments, tuition, examinations, and access to a student portal.

    Annual tuition fees for the first-year enrolment range from a minimum of R23 155 to a maximum of R24 975, depending on the language choices. Tuition fees are subject to change without prior notice due to the increase in costs to present the programme.

    Tuition fee payment options are available to accommodate the needs of individual students. Each payment option is related to a specified tuition fee payment date, which the student is required to rigidly adhere to. The two options available are:

    • Option 1: TWO equal Tuition fee instalments per semester; due dates 31 March and 31 August.
    • Option 2: TEN equal monthly The annual tuition fee will be divided into 10 equal payments and payable at the end of each month.

    Students who need to make alternative payment arrangements must contact SANTS before the commencement of a semester.

    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. This fee is payable before the commencement of a new academic year. This registration and re-registration fee is deducted from the annual tuition fee payable.

    It should be noted that fees are charged per module. 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. Applicants 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.

    * Please note:

    • Tuition fees are subject to change. In pursuit of providing affordable quality education, SANTS strive to limit tuition fee increases to the minimum but some increases in costs are unavoidable. It remains a student’s responsibility to remain informed of the respective tuition fees and increases.
    • The cost per module is fixed for a specific calendar year only and may vary in future years of study due to possible annual price increases.
    • Special Assessments: A nominal fee may apply when students are granted access to special assessments.



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