IIE Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching - Contact

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).
Programme NamePostgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase and Further
Education and Training Teaching (PGCE415)
NQF: 7 Credits: 127 SAQA ID: 101984
Minimum Admission Requirements
An approved
Bachelor's Degree or
qualification, as
stipulated in the
Requirements for
Teacher Education
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
specialisation in the
Senior Phase and
Further Education
and Training band of
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 (Contact Part-time) 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 120-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID No. 101984).

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

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

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 course of this Honours 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 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.