Varsity College Teaching Courses

If you can read this, thank a teacher! The chances are, they taught you to read and do most of the everyday things you’ve been doing pretty much all of your life. As a fundamental part of education systems the world over, teachers are the very reason that most of us enjoy the careers that we have today. Think you’d like to mould the minds of tomorrow’s leaders?Then one of the teaching courses at Varsity College is waiting for you.


Today, teachers form one of the most in demand groups of professionals. This is not only because of the growing number of children within the education system but also because they perform a vital role within society.Without people studying teaching courses and following their passion, many of the basic skills, societal norms and values would not progress through the generations. Furthermore, South Africa’s future would undoubtedly be in jeopardy.
How can you pursue a rewarding career in teaching? With Varsity College, you have a few different avenues that you can use to get you there!

  • A Bachelor of Arts Degree with postgraduate study
    A popular choice of course at Varsity College. This is because many BA students who decide to pursue teaching later on can add to their degree with a post graduate qualification instead of changing courses entirely. A BA also allows for a bit of flexibility if you are unsure of which career path you are leaning towards.
  • A Bachelor of Education Degree in Foundation Phase Teaching
    The course for those who like the idea of teaching grades R to 3. This is a four-year degree and has been structured in line with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (July 2011). It also meets Higher Education Qualifications Framework guidelines.
  • A Bachelor of Education Degree in Intermediate Phase Teaching
    For those interested in teaching grades 4 to 7, this a four year course. It meets the same requirements and structuring standards as the BEd. Foundation Phase.

All of these courses foster an approach to life-long learning. This means that they encourage students to continue growing and improving themselves so that they may impart this on their classes one day. Should you study any of these courses, you can pursue a range of educational positions other than just teaching alone. You can fill a school management role, take up educational consultancy and even consider school counselling.
If you’re interested in an IIE BA Degree, B.Ed Degree or if you’d like to know more about other programmes and qualifications offered by Varsity College, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (IIE), please visit our website today, www.varsitycollege.co.za.


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.