The PGCE consists of a university-based learning (UBL) component and a school-based learning (SBL) component. The UBL component is presented in the format of classroom-based learning during which students construct a practice theory of and for education. For the purpose of the SBL component, students are placed in two partnerships schools with different compositions of a shadow week of 3 weeks and an extended placement of 7 weeks which amounts to a total of 10 weeks, during which they engage in education practice while they are supported and assessed by qualified mentor teachers and university lecturers.
The choices in compiling the package have to be approved by the package coordinator before registration.
- Relevant bachelor’s degree, or
- A relevant approved diploma with:
Option 1: At least one module relevant to a school subject, passed at third-year diploma/bachelor’s level
(If the student has only 1 relevant subject that can be used to teach, then the student must add a research project if they do not qualify for a 2nd teaching specialization), or
- Option 2: Two modules relevant to two school subjects, passed at third-year diploma/bachelor’s level
Further Education and Training Phase Teaching:
Appropriate major subject at least at completed second-year level at NQF level 7. For complex subjects, the appropriate co-subject(s) must be completed to at least level 6 (see programme modules).
Other programme-specific information
Choose one of the following subject methodologies in accordance with the admission requirements (relevant academic modules are indicated in brackets)
^The offering of these modules will depend on the number of student enrolments and the availability of staff to present the modules.
Business studies (Business management, Entrepreneurship, Business administration)
Computer application technology
Consumer studies (Nutrition, Clothing)
Economics (Economics, Business economics)
Hospitality studies (Hotel and catering)
Information technology (Computer, Multimedia or related modules)
Life orientation (Psychology or related modules)
Life sciences (Biology, Zoology, Botany, Physiology, Genetics, Microbiology, Biotechnology or any other related academic module)
^Physical science (Physics, Chemistry, Applied science or any other related academic module)
The teacher education programmes of the Faculty of Education have been approved and accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Due to the fact that the Faculty places high emphasis on the development of skills and competences, class attendance is compulsory for all student teachers for the full duration of the training period specified by SAQA (South African Qualification Authority).
Examinations and pass requirements
PPF 400 and PRO 410 are assessed through continuous and integrated assessment conducted on beginner teacher competence-based criteria. Assessment and feedback will be done continuously, as well as at the end of the first semester. At the end of the year students will be required to demonstrate their professional growth through various assessments by a mentor-teacher and mentor-lecturer, and a professional reflection..
Chancellor's examinations in the Faculty of Education
A final-year student, who has failed a maximum of three semester modules or their equivalent with a final mark of at least 40% in each, may be admitted by the Dean to a Chancellor's examination in these modules during January of the following year, provided that this will enable the student to comply with all the requirements for the certificate.
Pass with distinction
The PGCE will be awarded with distinction to a student who obtained 75% in each of the Professional development (PPF 400), Facilitating learning (FCL 400) and the specialisation module(s), as well as an average of 75% in all the other modules (not ronded).