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IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching

Please note, not all programmes are available on all IIE Varsity College campuses. To find out if your programme of interest is available, contact the campus directly.

The IIE Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Foundation Phase Teaching (FPT) is an undergraduate professional qualification aimed at preparing graduates to teach learners 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 (MRTEQ) (2015). It is also aligned with the new Higher Education Qualifications Sub- Framework’s (HEQSF) guidelines. The degree will equip Foundation Phase classroom teachers with the knowledge, skills and applied competencies for employability and further specialization studies, in support of the principles of life-long learning.


English FAL* Notes
Minimum
Admission
Requirements
NSC: Bachelor

pass with
50%40% Additional Admission
Requirements for the Bachelor of
Education:
English
•The degree is delivered in English
and this is known as the Language
of Learning and Teaching (LoLT) in
the BEd degree. All applicants must
have achieved a minimum of 50%
in English on their
NSC/SC/equivalent qualification –
whether as a Home Language (HL)
or First Additional Language (FAL)

First Additional Language (FAL)*
•All applicants to the BEd
programmes must have obtained
at least a Level 3 (40%) at the NSC
or equivalent level, as a HL or FAL,
in the language they are seeking to
study as a FAL* in the BEd
 OR
•Must demonstrate language proficiency (LP) in the selected FAL B.Ed language/s. To be admitted via this option, candidates are required to pass a language proficiency test in the relevant language
*FAL: The language you seek to
study as your First Additional
Language (language offers are
campus dependant)

IMPORTANT NOTE:
ALL applicants, regardless of route of entry to the B. Ed programmes, are required to meet the indicated additional language requirements for English and the selected FAL. English: In the case of those students who have already graduated from an appropriate initial higher education qualification such as a Higher Certificate or Senior Certificate students with Endorsement, the English requirement may be waived on successful completion of an appropriate proficiency test
FAL.
Those who do not meet the FAL requirement on their NSC/equivalent must demonstrate proficiency in the selected FAL










NC(V):
Bachelor pass
with
50%40%
SC:
Endorsement
with
50%40%
SC(a):
Bachelor pass
with
50%40%
50%40%
A cognate
Higher
Certificate or
240 credit
Diploma OR
an Advanced
Certificate or
360 credit
Diploma may
satisfy the
minimum
admission
requirements
to degree
studies.
50%
40%
Other
Qualifications
50%40%If discipline not cognate at least
20% of credits must be academic
literacy or numeracy related.
Please see IMPORTANT NOTE above.
Senate Discretionary Admissions:

Mature Age
Exemption
Candidates having attained the age of 23 before or during the first year
of registration with a Senior Certificate with a minimum of 40% in at least
four higher or standard grade subjects, at least three of which shall have
been passed simultaneously and one of which shall be a recognised
higher-grade subject; OR Candidates must have attained the age of 45
before or during the first year of registration.

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required and in addition candidates
must write and pass the English and the selected FAL proficiency tests if
their grade 12 results do not meet the English and FAL requirements
Senate Discretionary Mature Age Admission for students with a Senior Certificate with endorsementCandidates 23 years and older at point of registration, with an endorsed Senior Certificate can be accepted on a senate discretionary mature age admission. Candidates must write and pass the English and/or the FAL proficiency test if their SC results do not meet the English and/or FAL requirements. Their academic progress will be tracked and reported at Senate. An USAf Exemption Certificate is not required.
Recognition of
Prior Learning
(RPL)
Where candidates do not satisfy the formal admission requirements for this qualification, The IIE may consider an admission application in terms of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning and Qualification Completion Policy (IIE010). In the case of this degree, RPL will include proficiency testing in English and an FAL of which the candidate must obtain at least 50% in each test.
USAf approved
cognate
foundation
programme
Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a registered and accredited provider may be admitted. Candidates must write and pass the English and the FAL proficiency tests if their grade 12 results do not meet the English and the FAL requirements. An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.
Transfer
students
Candidates who have successfully completed at least 120 credits on the first year of a cognate degree may be admitted. Candidates must write and pass the English and the FAL proficiency tests if their grade 12 results do not meet the English and the FAL requirements. However, if a student completed less than 120 credits, the admission criteria on the NSC or equivalent apply.
OQSF
qualifications
Candidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may be admitted, provided the OQSF qualification has at least 120 credits at NQF Level 5. Candidates must write and pass the English and the FAL proficiency tests if their grade 12 results do not meet the English and the FAL requirements. An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.


The IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 482-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 96408).


  • Teaching (Grades R – 3)
  • Tutoring
  • School Management (may require further study and/or experience)
  • Educational Consultancy (may require further study and/or experience)

At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

Due to the VCBlend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the period of your degree.

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.

The IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7, the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees offered at other South African higher education institutions. As a result, the opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours degree with The IIE or any other South African higher education institution does exist. However, different institutions sometimes have different requirements for admission to the programmes they offer. These requirements also change from time to time within institutions. For this reason, acceptance into various programmes are based on meeting all the institution- specific entrance requirements, the availability of space, as well as the applicants' academic results. 

Call your nearest IIE Varsity College campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors. 

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.”