Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts Honours in African Languages

Qualification code: 99306
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 101066
APS/AS: 60
TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS: Students retain credits for all papers completed under the old curriculum. Students who have passed HALSSSN (24 credits) may not register for AFL4801 (12 credits), Students who have passed HALLSMQ (24 credits) may not register for AFL4802 (24 credits), Students who have passed HALTRA4 (24 credits) may not register for AFL4803 (24 credits), Students who have passed HALMOLJ (24 credits) may not register for AFL4804 (24 credits), Students who by the end of 2011 academic year were left with a deficit of 12 credits for the completion of their degree (in other words students who passed only one of the 12 credit modules MSLFNDL or MSLPLPV), must enroll for the following 12 credit module: HAPL484 (Language planning in education) (12 credits). This qualification can be completed in one year. Students choosing to do it over more than one year are advised to register for the Research Report in their final year of study.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is aimed at broadening the students' knowledge of linguistics and literary studies as academic subjects in African languages. Included are opportunities to gain insight into word, sentence and meaning construction in the African languages, to develop writing skills and creative abilities. It will enhance knowledge of effective communication in all spheres of life and open up a world of literary and cultural knowledge. Students will be equipped for more effective performance in careers such as media researchers and presenters, journalists, editors, publishers, librarians, teachers, educationalists, academic researchers, lexicographers, advertising agents, prospective authors and theatre artists.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.

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. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • 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.