Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Education

Qualification code: 90100
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 101938
APS/AS: 60
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to build the knowledge base of teachers and other practitioners in inclusive settings in order for them to be conversant in this field of study and to equip them with relevant theoretical knowledge, teaching skills and assessment strategies to respond to the individual needs of learners. As Inclusive Education requires specific teaching strategies to enable all learners to learn successfully, qualifying students will increase their competence and confidence to work in inclusive situations. The principles of Inclusive Education emphasise the need for open and respectful communication between learners, teachers, parents and community members. Qualifying students can use alternative means of communication (visual, oral or written modes) in order to establish such channels of communication. The purpose of the learning is to raise the awareness of practitioners that all learners are unique with idiosyncratic ways of functioning. It provides learning opportunities that will empower practitioners to offer and receive support and work towards accepting and accommodating the individual needs of all learners. Research is an important aspect of post graduate education. The purpose of the learning is also to equip students with a sound understanding of the key issues regarding the conduct of research and professional presentation of research findings in a variety of contexts. It also aims to provide students with the necessary skills to interpret, evaluate, judge and apply the concepts, principles and techniques of appropriate scientific methods of inquiry.
This qualification will be presented via distance learning mode.

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.

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.