IIE Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching - Distance (Online)

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’s Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase (SP) and Further Education and Training (FET) (Contact Part-time) is a professional teaching programme that seeks to ‘cap’ a suitable undergraduate degree or an approved diploma in appropriate and scarce fields. The programme offers entry-level initial professional preparation for undergraduate degree or diploma holders who wish to develop focused knowledge and skills as classroom teachers in the Senior Phase and Further Education and Training band in their chosen subject(s).
Minimum Admission Requirements
An approved Bachelor's Degree or equivalent qualification, as stipulated in the Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (MRTEQ) (DHET, 2015), but consideration may be given to holders of a 360 credit Diploma in appropriate and scarce fields as identified by DHET. The access qualification must include sufficient disciplinary learning in appropriate academic fields, as outlined in the tables below, to enable the development of teaching specialisation in the Senior Phase and Further Education and Training band of schooling. Student's competence in the Language of Learning and Teaching
(LoLT) (English) plus ICT and a second language (excluding
Afrikaans) are required components of fundamental learning for
this programme. For this, applicants will have to provide evidence
that they have these competencies which will be endorsed on their
certificates or they will be required to achieve these competencies.
Students will not be able to graduate without them.

1. Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT) endorsement:

1.1. If the LoLT of your undergraduate degree was English OR
1.2. You have English as the Language of Learning and Teaching
(LoLT) on your NSC.

You will have your certificate endorsed as “Proficient in the
Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT) – English.
If you do not have either of the above (1.1 or 1.2) you will need

1.3. Complete a NQF L5 degree level module in English at The
IIE concurrent with your PGCE and if you pass this course
you will get the same endorsement.
Note: For full entry requirement please download factsheet

The IIEs Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training (Distance) 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 127-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID No. 101984).

What career areas can I pursue once I have completed this PGCE programme?

  • Teaching (Grades 7-12)
  • Tutoring
  • School Management (may require further study and/or experience)
  • Educational Consultancy (may require further study and/or experience)

The PGCE (SP & FET) programme has a required Teaching Experience, or school-based Work Integrated Learning (WIL) component, which is governed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (2015) in terms of specific requirements. To facilitate this and ensure that all students meet these requirements for graduation purposes, The IIE Varsity College has established relationships with a variety of schools around the country, all of which meet the specified criteria of the DHET.

A requirement in this programme is that students develop the practical skills and engagement necessary for successful teacher education. Students will be fully engaged in schools during their

8-week Teaching Experience period, while they are supported and assessed by qualified mentor teachers and The IIE's Varsity College Supervisors.

This module links with the Professional Didactic modules (which are prerequisites) and with the other educationally focused modules in the programme, as it affords students opportunities to integrate and apply theory and methodology into practice. 


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.