Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Education Honours

Qualification code: 90125
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 112504
APS/AS: 60
It is a requirement for students who intend on registering for this qualification to be in possession of a completed recognised 4 year Professional Teaching qualification. NB: This qualification will not be recognised by the Department of Higher Education and Training should you NOT be in possession of a 4 year professional teaching qualification. The Honours BEd degree is not a professional teaching qualification. This qualification has to be completed over a MINIMUM of two academic years (i.e this qualification cannot be complete in one academic year). Students register up to four modules in the first year (PSE4801, RSE4801, CSP4801, ICH4801). A student has to pass RSE4801 and at least one other module to be admitted to the fifth module, HREDU82, in the second year. Students register for not more than three modules in the second year which includes HREDU82. RSE4801 is a prerequisite for HREDU82
Purpose statement:
The Bachelor of Education Honours is intended to prepare students for research-based post-graduate study in Education. It serves to consolidate and deepen a student's expertise in Foundations of Education and the use of these understandings in an integrated way to explore a range of educational issues related to their areas of major combinations or stream. The qualification further aims to develop research capacity with special attention to methodology and techniques in education research. The qualifying students will demonstrate a high level of theoretical knowledge in major combinations and the ability to conduct research in a particular discipline.
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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

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)

Module (Please click on the module to see further information) Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A: Compulsory.
CSP4801 - Curriculum Studies and Psychology of Education
HREDU82 - Research Project in Education Pre-requisite:RSE4801
ICH4801 - International, Comparative and History of Education
PSE4801 - Philosophy and Sociology of Education
RSE4801 - Research in Education Co-requisite:ICH4801or PSE4801 or CSP4801 or HED4802 or HED4803 or HED4804 or HED4804 or HED4805 HED4806 or HED4807 or HED4808 or HED4809 or HED4810 or HED4811 or HED4812 or HED4813 or HED4814 or HED4815 or HED4816 or HED4816 or HED48017 or HED4818