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IIE Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching

The IIE Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Intermediate Phase Teaching (IPT) is an undergraduate professional qualification aimed at preparing graduates to teach learners from Grades 4 to 7. The IIE BEd in Intermediate Phase Teaching degree is a four-year 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 Intermediate 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 specialist teaching of the following subjects:

  • English First and First Additional Language Teaching
  • First Additional Language Teaching (In either: IsiXhosa, IsiZulu, Northern Sotho, Setswana or Afrikaans)
  • Natural Science and Technology Teaching
  • Mathematics Teaching
  • Social Sciences Teaching

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
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 dependant)

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 (50%) completion of an
appropriate proficiency test. Those
who do not meet the FAL
requirement on their
NSC/equivalent must demonstrate
proficiency (50%) 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.
Other
Qualifications
50%40%If discipline not cognate at least
20% of credits must be academic
literacy or numeracy related.
Please see IMPORTANT NOTE
Senate Discretionary Admissions:
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
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
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). 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.
The additional English and FAL criteria of at least 50% in each test must
still be met and 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, provided the English and
FAL criteria of passing each test with at least 50% have been met.
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
and the candidate has met the English and FAL criteria of 50% . 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.
General
Education
Development
(GED) - An USA
qualification
developed by
the American
Council on
Education (ACE)

Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have an
USAf Foreign Conditional Exemption Certificate as well as an NBT: AQL
Quantitative Literacy (QL) score of at least 40. In addition, GED
candidates must write and pass the English and selected FAL proficiency
test with at least 50% in each test.
The IIE Bachelor of Education in Intermediate 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 511-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 97235).
  • Teaching (Grades 4-7)
  • 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 Intermediate Phase Teaching degree is accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered by the South African National 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’s 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.”