Varsity College Teaching Courses

Varsity College Teaching Courses

If you can read this, thank a teacher! The chances are, they taught you to read and do most of the everyday things you’ve been doing pretty much all of your life. As a fundamental part of education systems the world over, teachers are the very reason that most of us enjoy the careers that we have today. Think you’d like to mould the minds of tomorrow’s leaders?
Then one of the teaching courses at Varsity College is waiting for you.
Today, teachers form one of the most in demand groups of professionals. This is not only because of the growing number of children within the education system but also because they perform a vital role within society.
Without people studying teaching courses and following their passion, many of the basic skills, societal norms and values would not progress through the generations. Furthermore, South Africa’s future would undoubtedly be in jeopardy.
How can you pursue a rewarding career in teaching? With Varsity College, you have a few different avenues that you can use to get you there!

  • A Bachelor of Arts Degree with postgraduate study
    A popular choice of course at Varsity College. This is because many BA students who decide to pursue teaching later on can add to their degree with a post graduate qualification instead of changing courses entirely. A BA also allows for a bit of flexibility if you are unsure of which career path you are leaning towards.
  • A Bachelor of Education Degree in Foundation Phase Teaching
    The course for those who like the idea of teaching grades R to 3. This is a four-year degree and has been structured in line with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (July 2011). It also meets Higher Education Qualifications Framework guidelines.
  • A Bachelor of Education Degree in Intermediate Phase Teaching
    For those interested in teaching grades 4 to 7, this a four year course. It meets the same requirements and structuring standards as the BEd. Foundation Phase.

All of these courses foster an approach to life-long learning. This means that they encourage students to continue growing and improving themselves so that they may impart this on their classes one day. Should you study any of these courses, you can pursue a range of educational positions other than just teaching alone. You can fill a school management role, take up educational consultancy and even consider school counselling.
If you’re interested in an IIE BA Degree, B.Ed Degree or if you’d like to know more about other programmes and qualifications offered by Varsity College, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (IIE), please visit our website today, www.varsitycollege.co.za.

Varsity College Short Courses

Varsity College Short Courses

The following are short courses offered by the Varsity College:

  • IIE Accounting Software
  • IIE Bookkeeping and Business Calculations – Distance
  • IIE Business Communication – Distance
  • IIE Education Management Development Programme
  • IIE Education Mentoring & Leadership
  • IIE Event Management
  • IIE Finance for Education Managers
  • IIE Finance for Managers
  • IIE Fundamentals of SA Legal System
  • IIE Introduction to Personal Computing
  • IIE Introduction to Project Management – Distance
  • IIE Introduction To Public Relations
  • IIE Leadership & People Management
  • IIE Legal Office Support
  • IIE Management Development Programme
  • IIE Marketing Management – Distance
  • IIE Marketing Management – Online
  • IIE Office Administration
  • IIE Business Management – Distance
  • IIE Operations Management
  • IIE Principles of Business Management – Distance
  • IIE Principles of Employment Law
  • IIE Project Management
  • IIE School Operational Planning
  • IIE Strategic Human Resource Management
  • IIE Strategic Management: Concepts & Practice
  • IIE Supply Chain & Logistics Management
  • IIE Teaching and Learning Development
  • IIE Digital Citizenship
  • IIE Technology Enhanced Learning Programme
  • IIE Web & Digital Literacies
  • IIE Whole School Management
  • ICB Bookkeeping to Trial Balance
  • ICB Business & Office Administration
  • ICB Business Law & Accounting Control
  • ICB Business Law & Administrative Practice
  • ICB Business Literacy
  • ICB Computerised Bookkeeping
  • ICB Corporate Strategy
  • ICB Cost & Management Accounting
  • ICB Financial Reporting & Regulatory Frameworks
  • ICB Financial Statements
  • ICB Income Tax Returns
  • ICB Management Accounting Control Systems
  • ICB Marketing Management & Public Relations
  • ICB Payroll & Monthly SARS Returns
  • ICB Research Theory & Practice
  • CIMA Advanced Financial Reporting
  • CIMA Advanced Management Accounting (P2)
  • CIMA Financial Reporting And Taxation
  • CIMA Financial Strategy
  • CIMA Management Accounting
  • CIMA Project and Relationship Management (E2)
  • CIMA Risk Management
  • CIMA Strategic Management
  • CIMA Organisational Management (E1)

The Career Centre of Varsity College do great things for students to get jobs, and also for companies looking for potential employees. Founded 20 years ago, they have a reputation of being at the cutting edge of private tertiary education in South Africa, offering full time degrees, diplomas and certificate courses, and the School of Business and Technology, which are their part time courses.

Varsity College Rondebosch Courses

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Varsity College Rondebosch Courses

 

  • Your opportunity to achieve your academic ambitions with Varsity College
  • A one-on-one personal career assessment plus R1500 off a Short Learning Programme from one of the leading private tertiary institutions in South Africa
  • The Cape Town Varsity College is situated in Rondebosch
  • Your deal will include a consultation and discussion of the various outcomes, based on the needs and previous work history of the student
  • There is a wealth of Short Learning Programmes (SLPs) to choose from at Varsity College.
    Some of their leading courses include:
    Sales and Marketing (14 weeks)
    Management Accounting and Finance (18 weeks)
    Event Management (14 weeks)
    Operations Management (14 weeks)
    Human Resource Management (16 weeks)
    Business Management (27 weeks)
  • These SLP have been specifically designed for working adults
  • These SLPs differ from the full qualifications that are also available through Varsity College and which are registered on the National Qualifications Framework
  • Check out the list of courses and get more information on the course you may be interested in

The Business School at Varsity College offers ambitious working adults the opportunity to build on their skills with convenient part-time study. You can choose from a variety of world class programmes, that won’t impact on your work hours.
Our aim is to provide a vibrant, fulfilling experience for students. And to ensure their return to a formal learning environment is as undaunting as possible. We offer a high standard of education, with high quality educators and hand-picked partners.

Varsity College Qualifications

Varsity College Qualifications

QUALIFICATION
Varsity College Qualifications, EXTERNAL PROGRAMMES
*Varsity College offers voluntary support sessions for the aforementioned qualification conferred by the University of the Free State (UFS).
IIE PROGRAMMES
School of Management
IIE Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management
IIE Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Economics
IIE Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Management
IIE Diploma in Sport Development & Management
IIE Diploma in Business Management & Entrepreneurship
IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles & Practice
School of Law
IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies
IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Law
School of Psychology and Communication
IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication
IIE Bachelor of Arts
IIE Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication
IIE Diploma in Public Relations
IIE Higher Certificate in Event Management
School of Education
IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching
IIE Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching
School of Information Technology
IIE Bachelor of Computer & Information Sciences in Application Development
IIE Diploma in IT Software Development
IIE Higher Certificate in IT in Support Services
School of Finance and Accounting
IIE Bachelor of Accounting

Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Accounting

Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Accounting

Introduction to IIE Bachelor of Accounting
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
If you enjoy working with numbers in the accounting context and like the thought of applying this in the business world, then consider studying this Degree. This is the Degree to study should you wish to become a Chartered Accountant or Professional Accountant.
The objective of the BAC degree is to qualify students in the field of accountancy and provide a stepping stone to a range of professional accounting qualifications. The degree is structured in accordance with the new HEQSF guidelines and will provide students with the knowledge, skills and applied competencies identified by professional Accounting bodies.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE’s Bachelor of Accounting degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 422-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 99284).
The Bachelor of Accounting degree is also accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as an undergraduate degree to prepare students for the Chartered Accountant qualification.

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor’s degree?

This degree will open up an attractive range of career options; this degree is an ideal stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of business related career opportunities. These opportunities include, but are not limited to becoming a –

  • Chartered Accountant (CA(SA))
  • Professional Accountant
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Chartered Certified Accountant

The IIE is accredited by The British Accreditation Council

The IIE is accredited by The British Accreditation Council The IIE is internationally recognised and accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards.
For more information please visit http://www.the-bac.org/
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
Click here to view our online brochures and find out more about our range of full time programmes and partnerships.

Varsity College IIE Higher Certificate in IT in Support Services

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Varsity College IIE Higher Certificate in IT in Support Services

Introduction to IIE Higher Certificate in IT in Support Services
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
Varsity College IIE Higher Certificate in IT in Support Services, We live in a world where connectivity is key and the field of information technology is dynamic and constantly in a flux of change. This IIE Higher Certificate is for anyone with a keen interest in working in the fast paced field of information technology support. It is designed for prospective students who would like to exercise their problem solving abilities, an abundance of patience and have the desire to juggle multiple projects simultaneously. This qualification will provide the required technical support, computer skills and knowledge that are required for entry level positions as support technicians in the ICT industry.

What is this Higher Certificate’s accreditation status?

The IIE’s Higher Certificate in IT Support Services (HSS) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 132-credit qualification on level 5 (SAQA ID: 81866).

Career opportunities: What careers areas can I pursue after I have completed the IIE Higher Certificate?

  • Support Technician
  • Help Desk Support Technician
  • Network LAN Technician
  • Systems Support

The IIE is accredited by The British Accreditation Council

The IIE is internationally recognised and accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards.
For more information please visit http://www.the-bac.org/
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
Click here to view our online brochures and find out more about our range of full time programmes and partnerships.

Varsity College IIE Diploma in IT Software Development Details

Varsity College IIE Diploma in IT Software Development Details

Varsity College IIE Diploma in IT Software Development, Introduction to IIE Diploma in IT Software Development
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
If you’re a creative thinker and enjoy problem solving then this cutting edge Diploma is for you, and will place you on the fast track to the mind-blowing world of Information Technology. Modules which include programming, web development, systems analysis and database design will ensure that you are equipped with versatile skills and knowledge to take your steps into an environment of programme and solution development, thereby creating a wealth of opportunities for yourself. The Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development provides a combination of fundamental business related skills and IT programming-specific competencies, equipping the learner with the baseline knowledge to function effectively in the IT programming environment.

Who is this Diploma aimed at?

Individuals who are suited to the software development industry should fit the following profile in terms of personality traits, interests and abilities: interested in computer programming and development of solutions, have a strength in problem-solving, be a clear and logical thinker, have a technical and mathematical inclination, an ability to concentrate, be methodical and persistent, and an ability to put information into a logical sequence. If you have these analytical skills then this qualification will speak to you. This Diploma provides a combination of sound academic knowledge and practical skills required to be able to enter into the dynamic world of software development. The qualification offers the student a comprehensive understanding of systems and programming focusing on extensive application of skills and knowledge in computerised and programming environments. Ingenuity and creativity are particularly important as well as the ability to work with abstract concepts and technical analysis.

What is this Diploma’s accreditation status?

The IIE’s Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 368-credit qualification on level 6 (SAQA ID: 74651).

What entry requirements will I need to study this Diploma?

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Diploma admission- A minimum of 30 % for English coupled with a minimum of 40% for four x 20 credit subjects is required; OR
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Diploma admission – A minimum of 50 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation – a minimum of 60% in the three compulsory vocational subjects is required; OR
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) (without endorsement) or equivalent– A minimum of five subjects must be passed; OR
  • Alternatively a Higher Certificate (or equivalent) or Advanced Certificate in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to diploma studies.

If a Higher Certificate (or equivalent) or Advanced Certificate is not in a cognate field, then at least 20 % of the credits of such qualification must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to diploma studies. Such applications will be reviewed by the relevant HoF at The IIE CAT in collaboration with the Registrar.
If you are an international student, you must ensure that:

  • you have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned;
  • your equivalent qualification is evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA);
  • you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) that covers the duration of your studies.

Other considerations
Mature Age Exemption:

  • Candidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate, attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with three years’ work experience and proven ability relating to the proposed programme as well as adequate communication skills; OR
  • Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Candidates can demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if applicable).
Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of printing, however, these may change. At the time of registration, please check that the entry requirements have not changed.

How is this Diploma structured at Varsity College?

The IIE Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development is run over three years, consists of 28 modules and includes Work Integrated Learning and the Work Readiness Programme. The academic year runs from February to November.The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures Monday to Friday. In addition to attending lectures you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research and working on assignments.
To gain the most from the blended learning experience and VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) mobile device – netbook, laptop or tablet – to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the duration of this qualification.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Diploma?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme; and have met all the Work Integrated Learning requirements, where applicable.

What qualification will I obtain?

When you graduate, you will receive a Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development conferred by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE).

Career opportunities: what careers areas can I pursue after I have completed this Diploma?

  • Software Development
  • Computer System Analysis
  • Computer Programming
  • Mobile application development
  • Database Information System Support
  • Database Administration
  • Web Development
  • Project Management

Websites for you to visit:

Please click here to view the IIE’s terms and conditions
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
Click here to view our online brochures and find out more about our range of full time programmes and partnerships.

Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Computer & Information Sciences in Application Development

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Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Computer & Information Sciences in Application Development

Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Computer & Information Sciences in Application Development, Introduction to IIE Bachelor of Computer & Information Sciences in Application Development
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Application Development provides candidates with a thorough theoretical grounding and knowledge base in the key principles of information technology (IT), programming, mobile application development across platforms, web development, database design, troubleshooting, testing, connectivity, customisation and project management. Graduates will develop meaningful software development acumen grounded in a deep understanding of holistic application programming and development. This qualification has been designed to develop graduates’ abilities to design, implement and manage solution‐focused, systemic thinkers who can develop software solutions for any device or platform in the South African economy.
The outcomes for this qualification were identified as critical to drive a successful career in software development providing competent desktop and mobile application developers in the private and the public sectors. By understanding business processes in the context of business rules, graduates will be able to solve business problems and meet business needs through software application development. Graduates will be suitably prepared to demonstrate competencies in application development, and to contribute to the economic well‐being of their organisation in a responsible manner.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE’s Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Application Development (BCAD) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 365 credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID:97600).

Who is the Bachelor’s degree aimed at?

This Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Application Development (BCAD) degree is aimed at students who are keen to the emergence of Cloud Computing as a technology, mobile application as well as web development processes. This degree addresses both the need for mobile application development and the need for Cloud Computing development on both the server and the clientside.
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
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Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching

Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching

Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching, Introduction to IIE Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
The IIE Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching is an undergraduate professional qualification aimed at preparing graduates to teach children from Grades 4 to 7. This four year Bachelor degree is structured in accordance with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications. It is also aligned with the new Higher Education Qualifications Framework’s (HEQF) guidelines. The degree will equip Intermediate Phase classroom teachers with the knowledge, skills and applied competencies for employability and further specialisation study, in support of the principles of life-long learning.
This B.Ed degree provides a fundamental and comprehensive education underpinned by subject knowledge in the specialist teaching of the following subjects:

  • English First and First Additional Language Teaching
  • First Additional Language Teaching (In either: isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sotho or Afrikaans)
  • Natural Science and Technology Teaching
  • Mathematics Teaching
  • Social Sciences Teaching

There is a focus on educational theory and methodology aligned with the requirements for a professionally qualified beginner teacher.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE’s Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 511-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 97235).

Who is the Bachelor degree aimed at?

If you have a passion for working with developing learners, are concerned about their education and development and you would like to teach, then this degree is for you.
The four year professional teaching qualification in Intermediate Phase Teaching will equip you with the knowledge, skills and applied competencies identified as critical to enter the world of work as a beginner teacher, and allows you to teach learners from Grades 4 to 7.
Specifically, The IIE B.Ed in Intermediate Phase Teaching focuses on specialised subject areas and teaching skills linked to this phase of teaching, and will help you to develop competence in integrating all types of learning associated with the acquisition, integration and application of knowledge for teaching purposes within the South African context (DHET, 2011:8).

What entry requirements will I need to study this Bachelor degree?

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission with a minimum of 50% in English as a Home Language (HL)* or First Additional Language (FAL)** coupled with a minimum of 50% for 3 x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes Life Orientation which is a 10 credit subject); OR
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation , with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects is required; OR
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) or equivalent with a minimum of 50% in English as a Home Language (HL)* or First Additional Language (FAL)**; OR
  • Alternatively a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate or 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

If a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate or 240 or 360 credit Diploma is not in a cognate field, then at least 20 % of the credits of such qualification must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to degree studies. Such applications will be reviewed by the relevant HoF at The IIE CAT in collaboration with the Registrar.

  • In addition, all applicants to the BEd programmes must have obtained at least a Level 3 (40%) in the selected FAL for which they are applying at the NSC or equivalent level, whether this language has been completed as a HL or FAL; OR
  • Must speak, read and write in the selected BEd FAL as their Mother Tongue (MT) ***. In the event that applicants are admitted on this option, they will be required to complete a written proficiency test in their chosen FAL, the basis of which will inform admission to the FAL, and consequently to the programme itself.

PLEASE NOTE: All FALs offered by The IIE are campus specific, and that not all FALs can be accommodated at each campus.
* Home Language (HL) refers to the language spoken at home.
** First Additional Language refers to the language that is stated as FAL on the NSC
***Mother tongue refers to the language spoken at home

Other considerations
Mature Age Exemption:

Candidates having attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with a Senior Certificate with a minimum of 40% in at least four higher or standard grade subjects, at least three of which shall have been passed simultaneously and one of which shall be a recognised higher grade subject; OR
Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if applicable).
Please note that requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of printing. These are, however, subject to change. As such, please confirm entry requirements at the time of registration.
If you have not met these minimum entry requirements but have an NSC with higher certificate or diploma entry into higher education, you may wish to consider registering for The IIE’s Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice (HBPP) first as a pathway to this degree. Further information on this qualification is available from our student advisor team.

National Benchmarking Tests

All applicants wishing to study an IIE undergraduate degree on a full-time basis including international students, are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT) Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL).
The applicant is exempt from writing the NBT AQL test if he/she:

  • is 23 years old or turns 23 during the first year of registration
  • has successfully completed a higher certificate (or equivalent), an advanced certificate or diploma.
  • has previously been admitted to degree studies elsewhere (proof must be supplied)
  • is admitted on the basis of mature age.

For applicants wishing to enrol on a distance programme, the writing of the NBT AQL test is recommended but not compulsory.
Please note an applicant’s Academic Literacy (AL) score of the NBT AQL test is used for placement in student support programmes and does not replace the admission requirements for a specific degree programme. Applicants may, on provision of an AL score of the NBT AQL test of 64 or above, be exempted from one or both Academic Literacy short learning programmes (SLPs), namely Introduction to Scholarship A (ITSA010) and Introduction to Scholarship B (ITSB1010), if and only if these are not credit bearing modules in the qualification. Applicants who achieve an AL score of the NBT AQL test lower than 64 are required to register for and successfully complete the ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs.
Applicants who do not write the NBT AQL test prior to registration, will automatically be registered for the ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs whether or not they are credit bearing modules in the qualification.
Applicants who do not write the NBT AQL test prior to registration, will automatically be registered for the ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs whether or not they are credit bearing modules in the qualification.
Furthermore, students who are completing the ITSA1010 and ITSB101 SLPs as a result of the lower than 64 AL score or who did not provide an AL score, will be required to successfully complete the SLPs before their third year as they are a pre-requisite for entrance onto third year studies. Students enrolled on a distance programme will have access to ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs, but it would not be a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules.
Where ITSA (ITS5111) is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of one or both (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Bachelor degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme; and have met all any Academic Literacy and Work Integrated Learning requirements, where applicable.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE’s Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching degree.

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor degree?

  • Teaching (Grades 4-7)
  • Tutoring
  • School Management (may require further study and/or experience)
  • Educational Consultancy (may require further study and/or experience)

Is it possible to study further to obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE B.Ed in Intermediate Phase Teaching Degree?

The IIE B.Ed in Intermediate Phase Teaching degree is accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered on the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7. This is the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees at South African universities. The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or honours degree at any South African university exists subject to specific programme entrance requirements.

How do I find out about these further study opportunities?

The IIE B.Ed in Intermediate Phase Teaching degree is a four-year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. Modules (individual subjects) are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday.
In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time constructing your own study plan, doing your own research and working on assignments and portfolios. Learning material is of the highest quality and offers you a blended learning experience in which face-to-face teaching sessions are supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content/study material, relevant current textbooks and appropriate assessments.
To maximise the benefits of your blended learning experience and VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, you are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) mobile device – a netbook, laptop or tablet – in order to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the course of this degree.
The curriculum outlined below is correct at the time of print. Please note, however, that in line with best academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is annually reviewed and so changes may occur in module structure and sequence to ensure that the qualification remains relevant and effective. The exit level outcomes of the programme, however, will not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.
The outcomes in the design of this programme were identified as critical to drive a successful career in Intermediate Phase teaching. As a graduate of this programme, you will therefore be suitably prepared to move into your teaching career through clear demonstration of the basic competencies of a beginner teacher (as laid out in the Minimum requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications, 2011).

  • Professional Subjects
    These modules primarily focus on building fundamental subject knowledge of languages (language to be determined geographically)
  • Professional Themes
    These modules are aligned to build on educationally-focussed disciplinary learning with a focus on the theoretical underpinnings of education.
  • Professional Didactics
    These modules include a focus on the pedagogy and didactics (i.e. the method and practice of teaching) related to phase specialisation. A knowledge mix supporting specialist teaching of the following subjects has been included:

    • English First and First Additional Language Teaching
    • First Additional Language Teaching (In either: isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sotho, Afrikaans)
    • Natural Science and Technology Teaching
    • Mathematics Teaching
    • Social Sciences Teaching

Each IP “teaching” subject is broken down into specific skill/content areas. These modules are underpinned by developing subject matter knowledge along with the knowledge and practice of how to teach these subject areas in alignment with the national school curriculum.
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
Click here to view our online brochures and find out more about our range of full time programmes and partnerships.

Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching

Varsity College IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching

Introduction to IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching
Click here to download a detailed fact sheet about this programme.
The Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is an undergraduate professional qualification aimed at preparing graduates to teach children from Grades R to 3. This four year Bachelor’s degree is structured in accordance with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications. It is also aligned with the new Higher Education Qualifications Framework’s (HEQF) guidelines. The degree will equip Foundation Phase classroom teachers with the knowledge, skills and applied competencies for employability and further specialisation study, in support of the principles of life-long learning.
This BEd degree provides a fundamental and comprehensive education underpinned by subject knowledge in the teaching of all three subjects (Language, Mathematics and Life Skills) in Grades 1 to 3 as well as enabling Foundation Phase teachers to prepare Grade R learners for formal learning. There is a focus on educational theory and methodology aligned with the requirements for a professionally qualified beginner teacher.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE’s Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 482-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 96408).

Who is the Bachelor degree aimed at?

If you have a passion for working with young children, are concerned about their education and development and you would like to teach, then this Degree is for you.
The four year professional teaching qualification in Foundation Phase Teaching will equip you with the knowledge, skills and applied competencies identified as critical for you to enter the world of work as a beginner teacher.
Specifically, The IIE BEd in Foundation Phase Teaching will provide you with specialisation linked to this phase of teaching, along with competence in subject matter knowledge, and the integration of all types of learning associated with the acquisition, integration and application of knowledge for teaching purposes within the South African context (DHET, 2011:8).

What entry requirements will I need to study this Bachelor degree?

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission with a minimum of 50% in English as a Home Language (HL)* or First Additional Language (FAL)** coupled with a minimum of 50% for 3 x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes Life Orientation which is a 10 credit subject); OR
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation , with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects is required; OR
  • Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) or equivalent with a minimum of 50% in English as a Home Language (HL)* or First Additional Language (FAL)**; OR
  • Alternatively a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate or 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

If a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate or 240 or 360 credit Diploma is not in a cognate field, then at least 20 % of the credits of such qualification must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to degree studies. Such applications will be reviewed by the relevant HoF at The IIE CAT in collaboration with the Registrar.

  • In addition, all applicants to the BEd programmes must have obtained at least a Level 3 (40%) in the selected FAL for which they are applying at the NSC or equivalent level, whether this language has been completed as a HL or FAL; OR
  • Must speak, read and write in the selected BEd FAL as their Mother Tongue (MT) ***. In the event that applicants are admitted on this option, they will be required to complete a written proficiency test in their chosen FAL, the basis of which will inform admission to the FAL, and consequently to the programme itself.

PLEASE NOTE: All FALs offered by The IIE are campus specific, and that not all FALs can be accommodated at each campus.
* Home Language (HL) refers to the language spoken at home.
** First Additional Language refers to the language that is stated as FAL on the NSC
***Mother tongue refers to the language spoken at home

Other considerations
Mature Age Exemption:

Candidates having attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with a Senior Certificate with a minimum of 40% in at least four higher or standard grade subjects, at least three of which shall have been passed simultaneously and one of which shall be a recognised higher grade subject; OR
Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if applicable).
Please note that requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of printing. These are, however, subject to change. As such, please confirm entry requirements at the time of registration.
If you have not met the minimum entry requirements but have an NSC with higher certificate or diploma entry into higher education, you may wish to consider registering for The IIE’s Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice (HBPP) first as a pathway to this degree. Further information on this qualification is available from our student advisor team.

National Benchmarking Tests

All applicants wishing to study an IIE undergraduate degree on a full-time basis including international students, are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT) Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL).
The applicant is exempt from writing the NBT AQL test if he/she:

  • is 23 years old or turns 23 during the first year of registration
  • has successfully completed a higher certificate (or equivalent), an advanced certificate or diploma.
  • has previously been admitted to degree studies elsewhere (proof must be supplied)
  • is admitted on the basis of mature age.

For applicants wishing to enrol on a distance programme, the writing of the NBT AQL test is recommended but not compulsory.
Please note an applicant’s Academic Literacy (AL) score of the NBT AQL test is used for placement in student support programmes and does not replace the admission requirements for a specific degree programme. Applicants may, on provision of an AL score of the NBT AQL test of 64 or above, be exempted from one or both Academic Literacy short learning programmes (SLPs), namely Introduction to Scholarship A (ITSA010) and Introduction to Scholarship B (ITSB1010), if and only if these are not credit bearing modules in the qualification. Applicants who achieve an AL score of the NBT AQL test lower than 64 are require to register for and successfully complete the ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs.
Applicants who do not write the NBT AQL test prior to registration, will automatically be registered for the ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs whether or not they are credit bearing modules in the qualification.
Furthermore, students who are completing the ITSA1010 and ITSB101 SLPs as a result of the lower than 64 AL score or who did not provide an AL score, will be required to successfully complete the SLPs before their third year as they are a pre-requisite for entrance onto third year studies. Students enrolled on a distance programme will have access to ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs, but it would not be a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules.
Where ITSA (ITS5111) is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of one or both (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Bachelor degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme; and have met any Academic Literacy and Work Integrated Learning requirements, where applicable.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching degree.

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor degree?

  • Teaching (Grades R – 3)
  • Tutoring
  • School Management (may require further study and/or experience)
  • Educational Consultancy (may require further study and/or experience)

Is it possible to study further to obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE B.Ed in Foundation Phase Teaching Degree?

The IIE’s Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7. This is the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees at South African universities. The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or honours degree at any South African university exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements.

How do I find out about these further study opportunities?

As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you in exploring the possible postgraduate options that align to your chosen career area. Upon graduation we also provide our students with a postgraduate information pack. It is important to remember, however, that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

How is this Bachelor degree structured at Varsity College?

Teaching Experience
Each year of The IIE B.Ed in Foundation Phase Teaching degree has a required Teaching Experience component. To facilitate this requirement, Varsity College has established strong relationships with schools with which it organises Teaching Experience placements for students. Varsity College, in collaboration with these schools, provides students with the practical preparation and engagement necessary for successful teacher training. Varsity College lecturers visit students on Teaching Experience in order to assist them with their teaching development, assess lessons and to provide feedback. The timing of the Teaching Experience is carefully considered each year to fall in line with the Varsity College Academic Calendar.
The IIE BEd in Foundation Phase Teaching degree is a four-year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. Modules (individual subjects) are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday.
In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time constructing your own study plan and doing your own research and work on assignments. Learning material is of the highest quality and offers you a blended learning experience in which face-to-face teaching sessions are supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content/study material, relevant current textbooks and appropriate assessments.
To maximise the benefits of your blended learning experience and VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, you are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) mobile device – a netbook, laptop or tablet – in order to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the course of this qualification.
The curriculum outlined below is correct at the time of print. Please note however, that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is annually reviewed and so changes may occur in module structure and sequence to ensure that the qualification remains relevant and effective. The exit level outcomes of the programme, however, will not change. Registered students receive updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.
The outcomes in the design of this programme were identified as critical to drive a successful career in Foundation Phase teaching. As a graduate of this programme, you will therefore be suitably prepared to move into your teaching career through clear demonstration of the basic competencies of a beginner teacher (as laid out in the Minimum requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications).
The modules in the degree are divided into three main components:

  • Professional Subjects
    These modules include primarily a focus on building fundamental subject knowledge of languages (language to be determined geographically)
  • Professional Themes
    These modules are aligned to build on educationally-focussed disciplinary learning with a focus on the theoretical underpinnings of education.
  • Professional Didactics
    These modules include a focus on the pedagogy and didactics (i.e. the method and practice of teaching) related to phase specialisation. A knowledge mix, supporting teaching of all three Foundation Phase subjects has been included: Languages, Mathematics and Life Skills. Each FP “teaching” subject is broken down into specific skill/content areas. These modules are underpinned by developing subject matter knowledge and through teaching these subject areas in alignment with the national school curriculum.

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