Unisa Announce New Education Qualification for 2020

The College of Education (CoE) from Unisa recently issued a statement on 24 June 2019 that the university has introduced a new qualification for the 2020 academic year: Advanced Diploma Education in Intermediate Phase Mathematics Teaching.

Details on the qualification have not been released as yet. More will be known about the course in August 2019 – when the application window for the 2020 academic year is open.

With over 40 qualifications being offered by the College of Education (view qualifications here), there is a number of different streams Unisa students can follow when it comes to becoming a teacher one day.

There are pros and cons when it comes to certain qualifications. Over time, qualifications phase out due to some reason or another. With new qualifications being added to the CoE’s roster, there are unfortunately qualifications that will be phasing out and will not be offered from 2020 onwards.

The Unisa qualifications in question are:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Foundation Phase)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Intermediate Phase)

Additionally, due to external factors beyond the university’s control, Unisa’s CoE is to stop offering the following qualifications for new students in 2020:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Senior and FET Phase);
  • Honours Bachelor of Education; and
  • Additional Postgraduate Diploma in Education Streams.

Read More: Unisa Registration Second Semester 2019

Despite the abovementioned qualifications not being available for new students, there are still plenty of educational qualifications available that students can apply for.

Application dates for the 2020 academic year have not released yet by Unisa. August 2019 is the estimated starting date set by Unisa for the 2020 first semester applications.

Last Updated: 24 June 2019

18 thoughts on “Unisa Announce New Education Qualification for 2020”

    1. Requirements for the diploma have not been released by Unisa as yet. It will only be announced later this year in August.

    1. Unfortunately you cannot apply for this 3 year qualification. These are the requirements:

      APS = 60

      A four-year Bachelor of Education degree, or a general first degree or diploma, plus a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, or a former Higher Diploma in Education (Postgraduate).


      A former Advanced Certificate in Education (Level 6 on the former 8-level NQF) or a former Further Diploma in Education which follows a former professional teaching qualification, or a former four-year Higher Diploma in Education.

      In addition, a new Advanced Certificate (Level 6 on the current 10 level NQF) which followed a former Diploma in Education (including a National Professional Diploma in Education) may also be presented for admission into an Advanced Diploma.

  1. How many years to study for postgraduate certificate in education (intermediate phase)
    And how much is the registration fee

    1. As per UNISA’s website, the PCGE Intermediate Phase Qualification is only offered until 2021, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification. So you’ll be unable to apply for a PGCE at UNISA.

  2. What next can i do after completing my bachelors degree in education (intermediate and senior phase) since unisa will not be offering honours in education from 2020?

    I was planning on doing honours with specialization in education management next year

    1. Please refer to UNISA’s Recognition of Prior Learning. Your experience could translate into subject credits within your qualification or direct access into a postgraduate qualification, even if you only completed a grade 10.

      Unfortunately, the UNISA applications for the 2020 academic year closed on Friday 27th September for undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications, so you won’t be able to apply.

      To view all qualifications UNISA offers, please head onto the following page here.

    1. Depending on whether the place that you studied for your diploma is accredited or not, you should be able to apply for an Education qualification at UNISA.

      However, no Education qualifications except for an Advanced Diploma is available for students to apply. You will need at least a degree to qualify to do that course.

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