What Is Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching

The four-year Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching (NQF 7, 516 credits) is designed to equip students to be fully qualified educators for employment in the foundation phase (Grades R to 3). The programme focuses on both theoretical and practical competencies needed by teachers in the classroom context.

Students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements for the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching may, on completion of the Higher Certificate or Diploma qualifications, re-apply for admission to the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching programme. Conditions apply.

Duration: 4 years

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Admission Requirements

Matric obtained from 2008:

  • National Senior Certificate or NQF Level 4 National Certificate (Vocational) with an endorsement for entry into Bachelor studies (degree endorsement).
  • Minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) in at least 4 subjects from the designated list.
  • Minimum total rating of 25 APS points (excluding Life Orientation).
  • Minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) for English Home Language or a minimum rating of 5
    (60-69%) for English First Additional Language.
  • Minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) in Mathematical Literacy or a rating of 3 (40-49%) in Mathematics.

Matric obtained prior to 2008:

  • Senior Certificate with Matriculation Exemption/Endorsement and minimum 50% in English.

Modules

Please note Sepedi and Setswana language choices are not offered at the Durban campus.

First-Year Subjects:

  • English First Additional Language 1 OR
    Afrikaans First Additional Language 1 OR
    isiZulu First Additional Language 1 OR
    Sepedi First Additional Language 1 OR
    Setswana First Additional Language 1
  • English Home Language 1 OR
    Afrikaans Home Language 1 OR
    isiZulu Home Language 1 OR
    Sepedi Home Language 1 OR
    Setswana Home Language 1
  • School-based Teaching Practice 1
  • Institutional Teaching Practice 1
  • Academic Literacy
  • Early Childhood Development Studies
  • Grade R Teaching
  • Arts Education 1: Visual Arts
  • Educational Psychology 1
  • Beginning Knowledge

Second-Year Subjects:

  • English First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Afrikaans First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    isiZulu First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Sepedi First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Setswana First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2
  • English Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Afrikaans Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    isiZulu Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Sepedi Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Setswana Home Language for Foundation Phase 2
  • Information and Communication Technology for Education
  • School-based Teaching Practice 2
  • Institutional Teaching Practice 2
  • Mathematics for Foundation Phase 1
  • Literacy English Home Language 1 OR
    Literacy Afrikaans Home Language 1 OR
    Literacy isiZulu Home Language 1 OR
    Literacy Sepedi Home Language 1 OR
    Literacy Setswana Home Language 1
  • Education Theory and Practice 2
  • Inclusive Education 1
  • Sociopedagogics

Third-Year Subjects:

  • School-based Teaching Practice 3
  • Institutional Teaching Practice 3
  • Physical Education and Sport
  • Literacy English Home Language 2 OR
    Literacy Afrikaans Home Language 2 OR
    Literacy isiZulu Home Language 2 OR
    Literacy Sepedi Home Language 2 OR
    Literacy Setswana Home Language 2
  • Inclusive Education 2
  • Mathematics for Foundation Phase 2
  • Literacy isiZulu First Additional Language OR
    Literacy Afrikaans First Additional Language OR
    Literacy Sepedi First Additional Language OR
    Literacy Setswana First Additional Language
  • Arts Education 2: Music and Movement
  • Natural Science and Technology Education
  • Social Sciences: Geography

Fourth-Year Subjects:

  • Language Conversational English OR
    Language Conversational isiZulu OR
    Language Conversational Afrikaans OR
    Language Conversational Sign Language OR
    Language Conversational Sepedi OR
    Language Conversational Setswana
  • Educational Research
  • Educator & the Law
  • Educational Psychology 2
  • Mathematics for Foundation Phase 3
  • Social Sciences: History
  • School-based Teaching Practice 4
  • Institutional Teaching Practice 4
  • School Management
  • Education and Diversity
  • Curriculum Design

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.