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IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching


The 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 (2015). 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 specialization studies, 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 Foundation Phase subjects (Language, Mathematics and Life Skills) for Grades 1 to 3. It additionally enables Foundation Phase teachers to prepare Grade R learners for formal learning. There is an integrated focus on educational theory and methodology, aligned with the requirements for a professionally qualified beginner teacher.


What entry requirements will I need to study this Bachelor degree?

For access to this programme, students need to meet both general and specific requirements. The general and specific requirements are as follows:

Minimum Admission Requirements

English

Maths/ HG

Math Lit/SG

FAL*

Life Orientation

Notes

NSC: Bachelor pass with

50%

40%

with 50% for three recognised 20-credit NSC subjects

(excl. LO)

Additional AdmissionRequirements for the Bachelorof Education:

  1. 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)

In addition

  1. 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

  1. Must demonstrate language proficiency (LP) in the selected

FAL BEd 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 dependent)

NC(V):

Bachelor pass

60%

60%

60%

40%

60%

with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational

subjects

SC:

Endorsement with

50%

40%

SC(a):

Bachelor pass with

50%

40%

Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360

credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

50%

40%

Please see IMPORTANTNOTE


Other Qualifications

50%

40%

If discipline not cognate at least 20% of credits must be academic literacy or numeracy related.

Please see IMPORTANTNOTE

IMPORTANT NOTE:

ALL applicants, regardless ofroute of entry to the BEdprogrammes, are required to meet the indicated additional language requirements for the selected FAL and for English as the Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT). In the case of those students who have already graduated from an appropriate initial higher education qualification such as a Higher Certificate, the English requirement may be waived on successful completion of an

appropriate proficiency test.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

ALL applicants, regardless of route of entry to the BEd programmes, are required to meet the indicated additional language requirements for the selected FAL and for English as the Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT). In the case of those students who have already graduated from an appropriate initial higher education qualification such as a Higher Certificate, the English requirement may be waived on

successful completion of an appropriate proficiency test.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Candidates must demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s resolution

6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if applicable).

School of Tomorrow (SOT)(last date of achievement 30 June 2019)

Candidates who have successfully completed an SOT qualification may be conditionally admitted directly into the 1st year of the degree, provided that they have:a) submitted their SOT certificate along with a statement of results and have achieved at least 50 % in 4 recognised 20-credit NSC subjects with 50% in English and 40% for the FAL - using the SOT National Conversion Table;b) achieved the following for the National Benchmark Tests (NBT)- AQL:- Academic Literacy (AL) score of at least 51 AND an Quantitative Literacy (QL) score of at least 38 An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for a degree exemption admission to USAf, once the student

has provided proof of payment to USAf.


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.
For more information please visit http://www.the-bac.org/

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor degree?

  • 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's VC BEd in Foundation Phase Teaching 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 frequently supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content, and guidance on the BlackBoard online platform. In addition to this, you will use relevant, current textbooks that represent best practice in education, and will engage with industry-relevant assessments that will constructively develop both your practical teaching skills and your theoretical knowledge.

To maximise the benefits of your blended learning experience and VC's Wireless classrooms and campuses, please note that 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.