Your Goal:
“I want to be a Grade R teacher”

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Your Goal:
“I want to be a Grade R teacher”

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Diploma in
Grade R Teaching

Minimum course duration:

3 Years

360 Credits

NQF Exit Level 06

What this course will do for you:

Equips you to become a qualified Grade R teacher
Help you become a resourceful, adaptable, pedagogically flexible, knowledgeable, proactive, reflective teacher
South African Grade R classroom teaching and learning

You will become competent in:

Educational theory
The context of education, schools, and classrooms
Disciplinary knowledge
The art and science of teaching students content that is essential for Grade R teaching and learning
Holistic development of the child from birth
Educational and ecological contexts and issues that shape children’s learning and school experiences
Admission Requirements
Tuition Fees
Payment Options
Application Dates

How do I get in?

  1. National Senior Certificate that meets the minimum requirements for admission to Diploma Studies, or a Completed Senior Certificate, prior to 2008
  2. 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
  3. Early Childhood Development (ECD) NQF Level 4 or NQF level 5 certificate or Diploma in ECD may also be presented for admission.

Fees that fit your pocket

Estimated cost (first year enrolment):

R19 845

to a maximum of R21 390

  • * Language choice dependent
  • * Tuition fees are subject to change without prior notice due to the increase in costs to present the programme.
What does this include?
  • All study material
  • Assignments
  • Tuition
  • Examinations
  • Student portal access

Afford your ambitions with flexible payment options

Option 1

TWO equal Tuition fee instalments 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 is payable at the end of each month.

Are there any other costs I should know of?
  • Registration fee (first enrolment only)
  • Annual re-registration fee

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

Need to make payment arrangements?

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

Important to know

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

  • Fees are charged per module. The 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. 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.
  • Tuition fees at SANTS are subject to change to ensure affordable quality education. While efforts are made to limit increases to the minimum, some increases in costs are unavoidable and students should stay informed of price increases.
  • Module costs are fixed for the calendar year but may vary in subsequent years.
  • Additional fees may apply for special assessments.

When do I apply?

Closing dates:

SANTS will have two intakes annually, namely a January and July intake.

January intake last date for admission:

October 31 of previous year

July intake last date for admission:

May 31 of current year

Can I upgrade to a Bachelor’s qualification if I obtain the diploma?

  • This qualification serves as the articulation for existing Grade R practitioners who have been absorbed into the schooling system, to upgrade their qualifications in line with the minimum requirements for Grade R teachers.
  • The Grade R Teaching Diploma program offers vertical articulation, enabling teachers to progress to the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching if they don’t meet its entry requirements. Upon application, teachers can receive recognition for up to 134 credits from their Diploma studies towards the degree.
  • 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 programme. The Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching programme will increase the teachers’ chances of gaining employment in the public school sector.