Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Senior Phase and Further Education and Training)

Qualification stream: New Curriculum
Qualification code: 03980 - NEW
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 62458
APS/AS: 50
Students who do not comply with all the above admission requirements may not register for this qualification, but rather apply for the BEd (Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching). DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training) encourages students to rather apply for a BEd degree, in order to promote better employment opportunities. Outstanding admission subjects may not be offered for non-degree purposes. A student who has successfully completed this qualification will be able to teach from Grade 7 to 12. Teaching Practice (10 weeks) is a compulsory component in this program and must be taken according to specific criteria. This qualification comprises of six semester and four year modules. Year modules may only be registered during the January registration period of each academic year. Students must also register themselves with SACE (South African Council for Educators) from the first year of BEd registration. Please visit the SACE website for more information: https://www.sace.org.za/
Purpose statement:
The PGCE serves as a professional 'capping' qualification for candidates who have completed an appropriate 360 or 480 credit Bachelor's degree other than the BEd. The qualification accredits the development of professional competence reflexively grounded in educational theory.
This qualification will be presented via distance learning mode.
Qualification offered until 2022, 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. 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.

Click here for more information on managing your studies.

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.

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory Educational Themes
EDAHOD5 - The Educator as Assessor
EDDHODJ - The Educator as Learning Programme Developer
EDLHODM - The Educator as Leader, Manager and Administrator
EDMHODR - The Educator as Mediator of Learning
EDPHOD8 - The Educator in a Pastoral Role
EDRHODG - The Educator as Researcher, Scholar and Lifelong Learner
Group B. FET SUBJECT DIDACTICS. Choose 1 FET Subject Didactic based on your school subject passed up to 2nd year level.
SDACT0M - FET Subject Didactics Accounting Pre-requisite:Accounting 2 or Financial Accounting 2 or Financial Management 2 + Accounting 1
SDBEC0S - FET SUBJECT DIDACTICS BUSINESS STUDIES Pre-requisite:Business Management 2 or Business Economics 2 or Business Administration 2 or Small Business Management 2
SDBIOLJ - FET Subject Didactics Life Sciences Pre-requisite:Botany 2 and Zoology 1 or Zoology 2 and Botany 1 or Biology 2
SDC4701 - FET Subject Didactics Consumer Studies Pre-requisite:Clothing/Textiles with Food/Nutrition with Housing / Interior (one at least up to 2nd year level)
Co-requisite:PTEAC1X (Not applicable for qualification: 90104)
SDCAT0P - FET Subject Didactics Computer Applications Technology Pre-requisite:Information Systems 2 or Informatics 2
SDCOS04 - FET Subject Didactics Information Technology Pre-requisite:Information Systems 2 or Computer Science 2
SDEC00N - FET Subject Didactics Economics Pre-requisite:Economics 2 or Intermediate Micro & Macro Economics 2
SDENG3J - FET Subject Didactics English Pre-requisite:English 2
Co-requisite:PTEAC1X (Not applicable to qualification: 90104)
SDGEOGM - FET Subject Didactics Geography Pre-requisite:Geography 2 or Environmental Studies 2
SDH4701 - FET Subject Didactics Hospitality Studies Pre-requisite:Hospitality Studies2 or Hotel keeping and Catering 2
SDHISTV - FET Subject Didactics History Pre-requisite:History 2
SDLANGT - FET Subject Didactics Languages (Home, First and Second Additional Language) Pre-requisite:ANY of the following passed on 2nd year level: Arabic / French / German / Hebrew / Latin/ an Official language (excluding English)
SDMAT04 - FET Subject Didactics Mathematics Education Pre-requisite:Mathematics 2
SDMATLK - FET Subject Didactics Mathematical Literacy Pre-requisite:Mathematics 2 or Statistics 2 or Applied Mathematics 2
SDPSC08 - FET Subject Didactics Physical Science Pre-requisite:(Chemistry 2 and Physics 1) or (Physics 2 and Chemistry1)
SDRELSD - FET Subject Didactics Religion Studies
SDSGC0D - FET Subject Didactics Life Orientation Pre-requisite:Psychology 2 or Human Movement Science 2 with Psychology 1 or Industrial Psychology 2
SDTECSY - FET Subject Didactics Technology Subjects Pre-requisite:Mechanical Technology2 or Electrical Technology 2 or Civil Technology 2
Group C. Senior Phase (SP) Subject Didactics. Choose 1 Senior Phase (SP) Subject Didactic based on your school subject passed on 1st year level.
LADACUH - Teaching Arts and Culture (SP Subject Didactics) Pre-requisite:One of the following on 1st year level: Art Subjects/ Speech & Drama/ Music/ Handwork subjects/ Design subjects
LADEMSJ - Teaching Economic and Management Sciences (SP Subject Didactics) Pre-requisite:One of the following done on 1st year level: Accounting/ Economics/ Business Management/ Business Administration
LADHSSA - Teaching Social Sciences (SP Subject Didactics) Pre-requisite:History 1 or Geography1
LADLANA - Teaching Languages (SP Subject Didactics) Pre-requisite:One of the following passed on 1st year level: (An official language) or (Arabic) or (French) or (German) or (Hebrew) or (Latin).
LADLORD - Teaching Life Orientation (SP Subject Didactics) Pre-requisite:Psychology 1 or Industrial Psychology 1
LADMMM6 - Teaching Mathematics (SP Subject Didactics) Pre-requisite:Mathematics 1
LADNSCC - Teaching Natural Sciences (SP Subject Didactics) Pre-requisite:One of: Biology1/ Botany1/ Zoology 1/ Physics 1/ Chemistry 1/ Geography 1
LADTECX - Teaching Technology (SP Subject Didactics) Pre-requisite:Any school subject passed on 1st year level.
Group D. Compulsory Teaching Practice
PTEAC1X - Teaching Practice 1 (Further Education and Training) for PGCE Co-requisite:SDACT0M or SDBEC0S or SDBIOLJ or SDCAT0P or SDCOS04 or SDEC00N or SDENG3J or SDGEOGM or SDHISTV or SDLANGT or SDMAT04 or SDMATLK or SDPSC08 or SDRELSD or SDSGC0D or SDTECSY or SDC4701 or SDH4701
PTEAC2Y - Teaching Practice 2 (Senior Phase) for PGCE Co-requisite:ADACUH or LADEMSJ or LADHSSA or LADLANA or LADLORD or LADMMM6 or LADNSCC or LADTECX