Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education

Qualification stream: New Curriculum
Qualification code: 03115 - NEW
NQF level: 7
Total credits: 120
SAQA ID: 5995
APS/AS: 60
This is not a Professional Teachers Diploma. It entails advanced study and may provide admission to a Master's degree.
Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (referred to as the DTE in the rest of this document) is to give education, training and development practitioners initial and further training in the principles and applications of adult education. The DTE has been specially developed to prepare adult educators and trainers fully for their instructional task. It provides students with knowledge, skills and applied competences to enable them to be competent adult educators. A secondary purpose of the DTE is to enable qualifiers to develop as persons, to increase their employability, enable them to move to or to be more competent in the field of adult education and to further their studies on a master's degree level. A tertiary purpose of the DTE is to provide South Africa with competent adult educators who will have an understanding of and the ability to address the education needs of adult learners in the country.
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 2022 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

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.

Please click on the modules below to see further information