Education and Training


This course is endorsed by UNISA.

The Bachelor Degree in Foundation Phase is a four-year qualification in Pre-Primary and Primary Education of children. This programme complies fully with the requirements, which include language and content subject proficiency, as well as practical training. The programme consists of 40 modules, divided into three major study components. The first part involves studying three approved school subjects, with the number of modules depending on the subjects concerned.

The second component consists of 10 modules on educational themes such as child development. The third part involves 15 modules on professional studies such as teaching practice. Teaching practice includes five weeks of compulsory practical training every year.

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

  • Foundation Phase Educator (Grade R – Grade 3 teacher)
  • ECD Lecturer
  • Youth Worker

Where will I be able to work after completing my qualification?

  • Community-based and Non-Profit Organisations
  • Education Institutions – Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • TVET Colleges
What will I be able to do?

  • Teach children between the ages of 0 – 9 years
  • Teach students studying Early Childhood Development

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • Education sector

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

Achieving the necessary entry requirements at academic level will enable you to continue studying towards a post-graduate qualification in Education (Honours). This can be done by studying at an institution of Higher Education, such as a University, after obtaining your B.Ed degree.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?


  • Afrikaans/Xhosa
  • Art and Handwork
  • Childhood Development
  • Children’s Literature
  • Computer Practice in the Classrooms
  • Counselling Skills
  • Early Childhood Development
  • English
  • Environmental Education
  • Guidance
  • Health in Childhood A
  • Health in ECD Development
  • HIV/AIDS care and counselling
  • Management of Information Services for Children
  • Management of Institutions
  • Mathematical Education
  • Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Read, Write and Spell in First Language
  • Read, Write and Spell in Second Language
  • Religious Education
  • Science and Technology
  • Social Education
  • Special Needs Education A
  • Special Needs Education B
  • Teaching Practice 1,
  • Teaching Practice 2
  • Teaching Practice 3
  • Teaching Practice 4
  • The Reception Year
  • The Young Child and Learning
  • Theoretical Frameworks
  • Thinking Skills

Admission Requirements & Duration

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course, and how long will it take to complete this course?

This part-time course consists of 40 modules of which a maximum of 10 modules are studied every year. Tuition takes place on 2 Saturdays a month. The duration of this course will depend on the qualification you already hold, but the course must be completed within a maximum period of 8 years.



1. A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with degree endorsement. (50% in the language of teaching and learning) 4 years


A National Senior Certificate with the required symbols + National N-Diploma in Educare

3 years


A Senior Certificate with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption from the Matriculation Board with at least an equivalent of a D symbol or HG or a C symbol or SG in the language of Teaching and Learning

4 years


Grade 12 without an exemption, but you are older than 23 years (i.e. matriculated before 2007)

4 years

UNISA reserves the right to grand and/or decline applications

(Part-time – Available)