Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education


Recurrent themes, addressed in general and specific ways, are: democratic practices concerning teaching and learning, poverty and the widening gap between rich and poor in many countries on our continent, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The Faculty of Education is committed to developing educators of the highest calibre who can foster excellence in learners through all grades, by nurturing an understanding of and enthusiasm in mathematics, languages and science.
Critical thinkers with a solid foundation in mathematics and science are especially vital to humankind’s survival in the face of the many complex challenges that demand the pushing of boundaries of current knowledge and technology.
This is what the Bachelor of Education (BEd) aims to achieve, through enabling students to specialise in these three key areas.
The UWC School of Science and Mathematics Education is the only UNESCO/UNITWIN Centre of Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education in Africa, and is dedicated to educating high-level humanpower to foster the socio-economic development of South Africa.
The faculty offers a wide range of professional and academic programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. They cover fields such as general pre- and in-service teacher education, language education, curriculum studies, adult education, policy studies, special needs education and classroom pedagogy, amongst others. Practising educators can advance their skills through part-time studies.

Advanced Diploma for Educators of Adults
Admission
Unless otherwise determined by the Senate, a student may be admitted to study for the Advanced Diploma for Educators of Adults or register for modules in the Advanced Diploma for Educators of Adults for non-diploma purposes with:
  • a university degree, or,
  • a full-time, two-year post-matriculation certificate, or,
  • any other qualification of a standard accepted by the Senate as the equivalent of either of the above.
Selection
Given that only a limited number of students can be admitted to the programme, applicants will be subjected to a selection procedure.
Duration
Unless Senate decides otherwise, the duration of the programme shall extend over two years’ of part-time study.

Higher Certificate in Education and Training and Development (Adult Learning)
Unless Senate decides otherwise, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria in order to be enrolled for the Higher Certificate in Education, Training and Development (Adult Learning).
Admission requirements for applicants who matriculated from 2008:
(a) A National Senior Certificate as certified by Umalusi, or,
(b) A qualification or level of competence which the Senate has deemed to be equivalent to the requirements stipulated in (a) above, and (c) At least two years’ experience in adult education, or in a related field.
Admission rules for applicants who matriculated prior 2008:
(a) Either grade 12, Matric, NQF level 4, or equivalent, and
(b) At least two years’ experience in adult education, or in a related field.
Alternate admission
Candidates lacking formal entry qualifications may have their prior learning assessed through approved procedures. These will include an oral interview, a written assessment and the presentation of documentary evidence to establish:
  • the nature and scope of a candidate’s past community involvement which demonstrate adult education related competencies, and
  • the ability of a candidate to handle the oral and written demands of the programme.
Selection
Given that only a limited number of students can be admitted to the programme, applicants will be subject to a selection procedure.
Duration

Unless Senate decides otherwise, the duration of the programme shall extend over two years’ part-time study.


Programmes offered only upon request:
  • Advanced Diploma for Educators of Adults
  • Higher Certificate in Education, Training and Development (Adult Learning)
  • Higher Diploma in Education, Training and Development (Adult Learning)
Minimum admission requirements:
Minimum NSC Requirements for 2017 – Faculty of Education
Programme
Learning Area Specialisation
Course Code
Subjects
Point Score
BEd 
Languages and Social Sciences  
ENGLISH
4512
English(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
 
or
English(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and
Another Language(Home or 1st Additional Language)
3
(40-49%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and
Historyand Geography
4
(50-59%)
33
 
  
 
AFRIKAANS
Afrikaans(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
or
Afrikaans(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and
English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and
Historyand Geography
4
(50-59%)
33
 
  
 
XHOSA
Xhosa(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
or
Xhosa(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and
English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and
Historyand Geography
4
(50-59%)
33
BEd
Languages and Life Orientation 
 
ENGLISH
4513
English(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
 
or
English(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and
Another Language(Home or 1st Additional Language)
3
(40-49%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and
Life Orientation4
(50-59%)
33
 
  
 
AFRIKAANS
Afrikaans(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
or
Afrikaans(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and
English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and
Life Orientation4
(50-59%)
33
 
  
XHOSA
Xhosa(Home Language)
4
(50-59%)
or
Xhosa(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and
English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
3
(40-49%)
and
Life Orientation4
(50-59%)
33
BEd
Foundation Phase
4517
English (Home Languageor 1st Additional language
4
(50-59%)
 
and
Another language (Home or 1st Additional language)4
(50-59%)
 
and
Mathematics3
(40-49%)
or
Mathematical Literacy
5
(60-69%)

N/A
N/A
33
BEd
Languages and Mathematics 
 
ENGLISH
4515
English(Home language)
4
(50-59%)
 
or
English(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
 
and
Another Language(Home or 1st Additional Language)
3
(40-49%)
Mathematics4
(50-59%)
 
or
Mathematical Literacy6
(70-79%)
33
 
AFRIKAANS
Afrikaans(Home language)
4
(50-59%)
or
Afrikaans(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and
English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics4
(50-59%)
or
Mathematical Literacy6
(70-79%)
33
 
XHOSA
Xhosa(Home language)
4
(50-59%)
or
Xhosa(1st Additional Language)
5
(60-69%)
and
English(Home or 1st Additional Language)
4
(50-59%)
Mathematics4
(50-59%)
or
Mathematical Literacy6
(70-79%)
33
BEd
Mathematics, and Natural Science
4516
English (Home or 1st Additional Language)4
(50-59%)
 
and
Another language (Home or 1st Additional language)3
(40-49%)
 
and
Mathematics4
(50-59%)
Or
Mathematical Literacy
6
(70-79%)
Life Science4
(50-59%)
 
or
Physical Science4
(50-59%)
33
If you elect to do the PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education), the prerequisites are that students must have done two teaching subjects at level 2 in order to qualify.
Some career opportunities
  • Teaching
  • Lecturing
  • Educational planning
  • Researching
  • Publishing

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