Programme Cycle

Students may enrol at any time during the year. The date of enrolment determines the academic cycle that will be followed. (For further information see section 18: Enrolment for the BEdHons programme.)

The academic programme runs in six-month cycles: October to March and April to September. During these months, students are actively engaged in the academic content and activities of their relevant modules.

The table below depicts the activities of two typical programme cycles for new students. It comprises the core elements of the academic programme, as well as the important dates preceding, during and following a typical academic programme cycle.

 

Dates and activities of a typical programme cycle – Example 1:

July – September

ICT training

August

Closing date for applications

October

Students enrol and gain access to their first learning material, administrative information and assignment guidelines online

A short academic contact session is offered

for programme orientation

October – February

Online tutorial support and submission of assignments

March

A short academic contact session is offered

for examination preparation

April

Examinations

August

Students receive Examination guidelines in ClickUP.

September/October

Examination

Dates and activities of a typical programme cycle – Example 2:

January – March

ICT training

February

Closing date for applications

April

Students enrol and gain access to their first learning material, administrative information and assignment guidelines online

A short academic contact session is offered

for programme orientation

April – August

Online tutorial support and submission of assignments

September

A short academic contact session is offered

for examination preparation

October

Examinations

 

The modules for each programme are grouped into blocks. Students do not have access to all the learning material for the programme at the start of their studies. The learning material is accessible in blocks and so a student gains access to new learning material for subsequent blocks after each examination session. The University gives access to learning material in blocks to help students organise their learning: it is better to focus on fewer modules per examination, rather than taking more modules at a time and increasing the possibility of failure.

Although a student has five years in which to complete the BEdHons programme, it is much better to work hard and finish one’s studies in the shortest period of time.

Published by Thabo Masenamela

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