UNISA College of Education Undergrad Qualifications

UNISA Education qualifications offer students a gateway to working in the Education sector. Education remains a popular form of qualification among students seeking to study after school.

The concept of learning and teaching has been a natural concept instilled in humans since the dawn of time. If you think about it, we’ve always learned something and we’ve taught others on something or another. The same goes for students who feel that they need to give back to others what they’ve learned.

UNISA Education Qualifications

The Education qualifications offered by UNISA provides students with the opportunity to learn what it takes to work in the Education sector. Read further on what Education qualifications UNISA has to offer.

Higher Certificate in Education

Depending on how you look at it, the Higher Certificate in Education is the lowest form of Education qualification that UNISA offers. It’s an NQF5 level qualification that consists of only 120 credits. It is a 1-year qualification, with students given a maximum time of 3 years to complete it.

Furthermore, there are additional requirements that need to be met in order to study this qualification. Remember that you only need to meet one of the requirements below in order to qualify:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with at least 30% in the language of teaching and learning; or
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) with at least an F symbol on HG or an E symbol on SG in the language of teaching and learning; or
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 with an equivalent of at least 40% in the language of teaching and learning in terms of the NSC.

This is by far one of the most popular courses available to students looking to gain a foothold in the Education sector. Note that while students cannot teach with the Higher Certificate in Education, they can use the qualification to apply for a BEd qualification.

Also Read: UNISA Higher Certificates 2020

UNISA’s BEd Qualifications

Students who were fortunate to pass their Matric with a Bachelors’s endorsement can apply for a BEd qualification at UNISA. There are multiple BEd qualifications to choose from, depending on the level of learning students want to pursue.

The BEd is a 4-year (480 credits) NQF7 qualification that takes up to 10 years to complete. Students willing to apply for one of these qualifications have to decide what level of education are they’re most comfortable teaching at.

There are three levels of BEd qualifications, namely:

  • Foundation Phase (Grade R – 3);
  • Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 – 7); and
  • Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Phase (Grade 8 – 12)

While the Foundation and Intermediate phases are set standard qualifications, the Senior and FET Phase BEd qualifications are different. There are 17 different Senior and FET qualification streams that students can apply for, with each one pertaining to a specific teaching field.

While the APS for the BEd qualifications is 23, each qualification comes with different additional requirements. To view all the Education qualifications that’s offered by UNISA, read more online here.

Advanced Diploma in Education: Intermediate Phase Mathematics Teaching

Despite the mouthful of a name, the Advanced Diploma is a 1-year NQF7 qualification. Students seeking to apply for the Advanced Diploma will have to meet the following requirements set by UNISA:

  • A 4-year Bachelor of Education degree, or a general first degree or diploma, plus a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), 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.

As seen above, there is a large difference between an advanced diploma and a regular diploma. This is the only current AD Education qualification offered by UNISA ( at the time of writing).

“Where’s the PGCE?”

Students looking to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification at UNISA are in for a surprise. UNISA issued an announcement in June that stated that they’re phasing out 2 of its 3 PGCE programmes (Foundation and Intermediate). Additionally due to external factors, the third (Senior and FET) will not be offered to any new students from 2020 onwards.

The news served as a huge blow to students looking to pursue a PGCE qualification after completing their degrees. Additionally, students looking to study at UNISA will not be able to apply for the following Educational qualifications:

  • Honours Bachelor of Education; and
  • Additional Postgraduate Diploma in Education Streams.

Despite some UNISA Education qualifications falling away, there are still plenty of courses that students can apply for. Make sure that the qualification you choose is the right direction that you want to follow.

Also Read: UNISA Announce New Education Qualifications for 2020

Last Updated: 06 September 2019

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