IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching

The Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is an undergraduate professional qualification aimed at preparing graduates to teach children from Grades R to 3. This four year Bachelor’s degree is structured in accordance with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications. It is also aligned with the new Higher Education Qualifications Framework’s (HEQF) guidelines. The degree will equip Foundation Phase classroom teachers with the knowledge, skills and applied competencies for employability and further specialisation study, in support of the principles of life-long learning.
This BEd degree provides a fundamental and comprehensive education underpinned by subject knowledge in the teaching of all three subjects (Language, Mathematics and Life Skills) in Grades 1 to 3 as well as enabling Foundation Phase teachers to prepare Grade R learners for formal learning. There is a focus on educational theory and methodology aligned with the requirements for a professionally qualified beginner teacher.

For access to this programme, students need to meet both general and specific requirements. The general requirement includes one of the following:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission with a minimum of 50% in English as a Home Language (HL)* or First Additional Language (FAL)** coupled with a minimum of 50% for 3 designated NSC subjects (this excludes Life Orientation which is a 10 credit subject); OR
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60% in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level,  AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation , with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects is required;  OR

  • A Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) or equivalent with a minimum of 50% in English as a Home Language (HL) or First Additional Language (FAL); OR
  • Alternatively, a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, or a 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may also satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

    Full list of requirements can be found in the downloadable factsheet. 

The IIE’s Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 482-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 96408).The IIE - accredited by The British Accreditation Council
The IIE has been internationally recognised and accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards.
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Teaching (Grades R – 3)
• Tutoring
• School Management (may require further study and/or experience)
• Educational Consultancy (may require further study and/or experience)
The IIE BEd in Foundation Phase Teaching degree is a four-year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. Modules (individual subjects) are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday.
In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time constructing your own study plan and doing your own research and work on assignments. Learning material is of the highest quality and offers you a blended learning experience in which face-to-face teaching sessions are supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content/study material, relevant current textbooks and appropriate assessments.
To maximise the benefits of your blended learning experience and VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, you are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) mobile device – a netbook, laptop or tablet – in order to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the course of this qualification.
As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you in exploring the possible postgraduate options that align to your chosen career area. Upon graduation we also provide our students with a postgraduate information pack. It is important to remember, however, that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.