Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Advanced Certificate in Intermediate Phase Mathematics and English First Additional Language Teaching

Qualification code: 90177
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 112663
APS/AS: 50
Teachers who are already professionally qualified to teach in this cognate field, may not offer this qualification. It is the responsibility of the student to consult with the relevant Education Department districts or Provincial Education Departments on how to upgrade to additional REQV levels. Outstanding admission requirements may NOT be offered for non-degree purposes (NDP). Students who do not meet all the admission requirements for this qualification should rather consider applying for a BEd degree (if not already professionally qualified).
Purpose statement:
The Advanced Certificate in Intermediate Phase Mathematics and English First Additional Language Teaching is a vocational orientated qualification. The knowledge gained emphasises the general principles and their application in Mathematics and English Education. The qualification provides teacher education learners with a sound knowledge base for teaching Mathematics and English (FAL) in Intermediate Phase. It also provides a learner with the ability to apply their knowledge and skills to classroom teaching while equipping them to undertake more specialised and intensive learning. This qualification has a strong professional focus to prepare teachers to teach mathematics in the Intermediate Phase, or to strengthen their existing Mathematics and English content knowledge in the Intermediate Phase. This qualification includes a WIL component embedded. This qualification intends to address the needs of three groups of teachers: Teachers who want to specialise in teaching Mathematics and English (FAL) but who have not studied Mathematics or English as a First Additional Language in a prior professional teaching qualification (retraining). The teachers, who have a professional teaching qualification but did not specialise in the intermediate phase. These teachers have acquired appropriate background knowledge by teaching the IP and want to strengthen their knowledge and skills by completing a formal qualification in the Intermediate Phase (Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) upgrading). Teachers who wish to enhance their specialisation in Mathematics and English (FAL) as a subject in the Intermediate phase. Teachers who studied in an initial three-year Diploma in education, offered by former College of Education or a National Professional Diploma in Education at NQF Level 5) (upgrading).
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

Who can register?

  • Applicants (new applicants & Unisa students who applied for admission to a new qualification) may only register if they have received an offer of placement from Unisa and have accepted the offer online. 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 2024 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note: Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

  • Co-requisite: Module A is a co-requisite for Module B. You want to register for Module B, but have not yet passed Module A. You must then register for both Modules A and B simultaneously. You may NOT cancel your registration for Module A unless Module B is also cancelled.
  • Pre-requisite: If Module A is a pre-requisite for Module B, you must pass Module A before you may register for Module B.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per academic year and / or semester: 60 credits per semester or 120 credits per academic year.

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

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

Please click on the modules below to see further information (eg semester/year module, NQF level)

First level