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Course Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in FET teaching holds significant importance for South African students aspiring to embark on careers in teaching and lecturing. This specialised course is designed to equip individuals with the necessary knowledge, skills, and expertise required to become effective educators. This course covers both theory and practical, allowing students to gain hands-on classroom experience alongside theoretical coursework. This programme prepares students to adapt to the evolving educational needs, promoting a deeper understanding of curriculum development, classroom management, and assessment techniques, shaping the future of the country. Students have the choice of 10 elective streams.

Course Information

An article published by Bizcommunity highlighted the demand for qualified teachers in South Africa. “In 2015, the Centre for Development and Enterprise predicted that South Africa will need around 456 000 teachers by 2023. By 2018, the public education system had 410 000 teachers, with math teachers in particularly short supply”.

Lecturers at tertiary education institutions are also in need. University News reported insights from a study, Towards the Professionalisation of TVET lecturers led by NGO JET Education Services. “The need for properly qualified professional lecturers, with appropriate knowledge, skills, dispositions and competencies for the 21st century – and especially digital competencies – has become even more evident with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

  • Business Studies
  • Computer Application Technology
  • Hospitality Studies
  • Engineering and Graphic Design
  • English
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • isiZulu
  • Mathematics
  • Tourism
  • Special Education Needs teacher – Earn from: R300 000 to R500 000 a year
  • Secondary School teacher – Earn from: R300 000 to R590 000 a year
  • Educational Advisor – Earn from: R180 000 to R350 000 a year

You may enter the Post Graduate Certificate in Education Programme, with any one of the following:

  • An appropriate NQF level 7 Bachelor’s degree leading to a teaching specialisation
  • An appropriate 360 credit NQF level 6 Diploma built to pursue teaching specialisation. Where this is not the case, students will be required to complete credit-bearing non-degree module/s to receive the final qualification.
  • Students will be assessed for:
    1. Competency in ICT; and
    2. Conversational competence in isiZulu
    3. Where such competence is not in place, students would need to take additional modules to develop further for eligible application.

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1st Year: 1st Semester Subjects

  • Compulsory: Education Foundations 101 (Teaching,
    Learning, Curriculum and Assessment) – 16 credits
  • Compulsory: Schooling in South Africa – 8 credits

Credit-bearing non-degree subject/s if entry requirements are not met.

  • Competency requirements in Information
  • Technology (ICT) and isiZulu

1st Year: 2nd Semester Subjects

  • Compulsory: Education Foundations 102 (Sociology and
    Philosophy – 16 credits
  • Compulsory: Teaching Practice 1 – 8 credits

Credit-bearing non-degree subject/s if entry
requirements are not met.

  • ELECTIVE MODULE 2 – 32 Credits
Teaching Practice 1 (3 Weeks) will take place in the third term of year 1 and Teaching Practice 2 (5 Weeks) will take place in the second term of year 2. Berea College of Technology will assist all students with placements.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Further Education is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee [HEQC] of the Council on Higher Education [CHE] and is registered on the National Qualifications Framework [NQF] with the South African Qualifications Authority [SAQA].

Berea College of Technology (Pty) Ltd is registered as a Private Higher Education Institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), with registration number 2000/HE07/004.

On successful completion of the programme the student will receive a post graduate certificate conferred by the College Rector at the college’s official graduation ceremony.

Students can experience the best of both worlds, with contact classes hosted by trained lecturers, as well as online webinars by guest or industry lecturers.
Customised study materials can be accessed from the Learner Management System, Moodle. eBooks cover all the required outcome requirements for the course and includes various digital tools, from videos, blogs and PowerPoints, to make learning online interactive and engaging.
Students are supported by a team of Academic Development Officers (ADOs), who are available throughout the journey of the course. ADOs are not lecturers, but support academics, who are qualified in the relevant subject matter, and will guide you with all academic support.

Contact a career consultant on campus or online, who will take you through the affordable Occupational Certificate pricing structure and explain our flexible payment options.

Once you have achieved the Post Graduate Certificate in Education professional training at Berea College of Technology you may progress to other programmes offered by the college or you may earn credits from public tertiary education institutions. A completed Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Further Education and Training Teaching will allow for applications for a Postgraduate Diploma in Education or a Bachelor of Education Honours degree.

Refer to the SAQA fact sheet for more options to study further.

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