Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Language Education

Qualification code: 90164
NQF level: 8
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 112624
APS/AS: 60
It is a requirement for students who intend on registering for this qualification to already be professionally qualified as a teacher. This Postgraduate Diploma is not a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) and, therefore, is not a teaching qualification. NB: This qualification will not be recognised by the Department of Higher Education and Training should you NOT be in possession of an approved 4 year professional teaching qualification. Students who are already in possession of a completed Honours BEd in a cognate specialisation cannot be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Language Education as this qualification will not be recognised by DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training) for salary purposes or for an additional REQV level. 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. Students may be allowed to, on the completion of a Postgraduate Diploma, be recognised as meeting the minimum entry requirements for a cognate 180 credit Level 9 Master of Education on the condition that holders of Postgraduate Diplomas successfully complete the required research modules namely Research in Education (RSE4801) and Research Project in Education (HREDU82) with a total of 48 credits for Non Degree Purposes to meet the HEQSF research requirements of at least 30 research credits to obtain admission to a Master of Education degree. This is in addition to the prescribed admission requirements for the Master of Education degree.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to equip learners with knowledge of language development and acquisition, and understanding of language teaching and learning theories and the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in language teaching. This specific knowledge and skills will enable learners to be aware of matters relating to multilingualism and cultural diversity. The qualification will equip learners with knowledge and skills on how to conduct research and write a research report. The qualification aims for teachers, academics and other practitioners in the social sciences practising in the field of Language Education. Language practitioners have an essential fundamental role to play in both teaching and learning environments and in communicating with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. This qualification, therefore, aims to contribute to this role by doing the following: ユ Develop and consolidate in an integrated way appropriate disciplinary, practical, pedagogical and situational knowledge. - Cultivate a practical understanding of teaching and learning in a diverse range of settings in South African schools, about language theory, policy and practice. - Foster self-reflexivity and self-understanding among language practitioners. - Nurture commitment to the ideals of the language teaching profession and an understanding of teaching as a profession. - Develop the professional dispositions and self-identity of students as experienced, language practitioners. - Develop learners as active citizens and enable them to develop the dispositions of citizenship in their learners. - Promote and develop the dispositions and competencies to organise learning among a diverse range of learners in different contexts. Learners who achieve the Exit Level Outcomes will be competent language teachers or practitioners who will be able to work effectively in diverse multicultural and multilingual contexts. These learners will also be able to use ICT effectively and efficiently in their classroom teaching and learning environments. The qualification will enable the qualified language teachers and practitioners to conduct and interpret research findings to improve practice.
This qualification will be presented via distance learning mode.

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)