The Diploma equips students to become qualified Grade R teachers (Grade R). The purpose of the Diploma in Grade R Teaching is to develop resourceful, adaptable, pedagogically flexible, knowledgeable, proactive, and reflective teachers, specifically for Grade R teaching and learning within the South African contexts and realities. To this end, student teachers will become competent in educational theory and acquire the requisite disciplinary 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 experience of school. Furthermore, this qualification serves as the articulation for existing Grade R practitioners who have been absorbed into the schooling system, to upgrade their qualification in line with the minimum requirements for Grade R Teachers.

The Diploma in Grade R Teaching is presented on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) exit Level 6 with minimum total credits of 360, earned over a minimum of three years. The Department of Higher Education and Training has approved and recognised this diploma, placing the qualification on a REQV 13. The programme is accredited by the Council on Higher Education; accreditation no. H/PR148/E013CAN. Furthermore, the diploma is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) with ID: 112487.

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 that meets the minimum requirements for admission to Diploma Studies, or a Completed Senior Certificate, prior to 2008; or a
    b. 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 NC (V) Level 4 subjects; or an

    c. Early Childhood Development (ECD) NQF Level 4 or NQF level 5 certificate or Diploma in ECD may also be presented for admission.


    Tuition fees to study towards the Diploma in Grade R Teaching programme include all study material, assignments, tuition, examinations, and access to a student portal, as well as non-compulsory face-to-face support sessions.

    Annual tuition fees for the first-year enrolment range from a minimum of R18 900 to a maximum of R20 370, depending on the language choices.

    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 fees per semester; due dates 31 March and 31 August.
    • Option 2: TEN equal monthly instalments. 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.

    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.


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    087 353 2504

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