Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Advanced Certificate in Education (Computer-Integrated Education)

The information on this page is for the 2019 academic year. Updated information for the 2020 academic year will be available before the start of the 2020 registration period.

Qualification code: 97586
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 20473
It is an absolute necessity for all modules that students have full access to computer facilities and the Internet. This is particularly true for EUP1501, ACECE4E and ACECE5F because of the practical use of software packages and the Internet in these modules. IMPORTANT ADMISSION INFORMATION: Teacher Diplomas obtained at Institutions outside the borders of South Africa do not qualify for admission towards this qualification. Foreign Diplomas in Education are evaluated by the Department of Higher Education and Training as NQF level 5 only and can, therefore, not be accepted for employment purposes as a teacher in South Africa or for admission towards any of the ACE qualifications.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the ACE is to provide for training in a new area of study, such as: a new phase or subject specialisation, textbook writing, computers in education, assessment and quality assurance in education, whole school development, educational management, educational journalism, environmental education, special needs education, curriculum development, educational broadcasting, health education, and so on. Secondly, it provides the space for programmes which enable educators to update, enrich and/or supplement their existing knowledge and competence in an area of study which, although previously studied at a more basic level, does not yet qualify educators to continue that specialism in a qualification at NQF Level 7. In such cases the purpose of the ACE will be to update the knowledge of educators, perhaps in terms of new developments in the area of special study, and/or to enrich, deepen and extend the knowledge of educators in this area. Examples of this kind can be drawn from any phase or learning area such as: Foundation, Intermediate or Senior Phase, Further Education (in schooling), arts and culture, history education, mathematics education, language education, science education, technology education, and so on. Thirdly, in certain circumstances, for example, in scarce subjects, or in career change situations, the ACE can be used for upgrading from NQF level 5 to NQF level 6. If the ACE is used for upgrading purposes, the purpose, 'upgrading' should be appended to the title, and credits should be allocated appropriately across the various components of the qualification. In all these cases, the ACE is conceived of as a form of continuing professional education which has the purpose of enabling educators to develop their competences and/or to change their career path and adopt new educator roles.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2019, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level