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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20 thoughts on “UNISA College of Education Undergrad Qualifications”

  1. Hi! I have 21 APS, I WANT TO STUDY BEd foundation pha se and i dnt mind starting from the lower level but i want to know how do i go about it and if applied for fundza will it also cover from that lower level?.. i once studied ND in tourism management there and completed it in 2015

    1. Unfortunately with the Funza Lushaka bursary, you will need to be at least studying a BEd qualification or a PGCE qualification in order to qualify.

      With regards to starting at a lower level, I do recommend applying for a Higher Certificate in Education. That can be used as a platform to apply for a higher qualification such as the BEd Foundation Phase degree. You can read more online about the higher certificates offered by UNISA here.

  2. Hi, I have higher certificate in NSC, do I qualify to apply for higher certificate in education?
    I have been trying to apply for admission of this certificate but this higher “certificate in education” does not appear. only advanced diploma in education(inclusive) appears

    1. Remember that you do need to match the admission requirements and the APS score in order to apply and study for the HC in Education. I’ve taken a look and the qualification is available on the UNISA Application website.

  3. I have completed a diploma in Business management at Tvet college now i want to do teaching with it, is that possible ? Or i still have to do certificate with Unisa in order to qualify for this teaching course? Please help i don’t know what to do

    1. Having a diploma qualification under your belt should give you a better chance of qualifying for the degree, but I cannot say for certain whether you would qualify to study a BEd qualification at UNISA or not.

      The university does not state in its admission requirements on if TVET qualifications can help you qualify or not.

    1. You qualify to do an undergraduate qualification, diploma and below. This includes higher certificate qualifications.

  4. I would like to study bachelor in education but the problem is that my Grade 12 marks are very low I need to know which bridging course can I take to upgrade my marks for bachelor in education course

    1. The best option would be to apply to study towards the Higher Certificate in Education. This would be the best option for you if you do seek to pursue a career in Education.

      Please note that you have to meet the requirements set by the university in order to do the qualification.

  5. Veronica Daniella Ruiters

    I am currently a student at UNISA and i have recently completed a qualification, which is a Higher Certificate in ABET.

    Kindly, I would like to query about the next step I could take regarding a qualification, what are my next options in a qualification? as I would like to do teaching

    Please may you assist me with my concern?

    1. You unfortunately cannot study a BEd qualification with a Higher Certificate in ABET as the university does not allow it. It used to be that once you’ve completed the HC in ABET, you could apply for the Diploma in Adult Basic Education and Training.

      Unfortunately, the qualification is in the process of phasing out this year and as such, no alternative has been set (yet). Unisa could introduce a replacement qualification in future, but no news has come forward yet.

      There is no option available for you to study at Unisa at the moment

    1. You cannot study for free at Unisa unless you study under a scholarship or bursary (which you may still have to pay back in some form or another).

  6. Kedibone Mathebe

    If i register for duploma in Teaching for the year 2022 will i be able to register for the bachelor of degree in 2023?

  7. good day can you please assist me here. um currently completing higher certificate in criminal justice.so I want to apply um not sure whether I should apply for Degree or diploma. Can you please give me advice.

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