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Degree Programme Overview

Instill Education offers the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Foundation Phase Teaching (PGCE FP) programme in two modes of delivery to provide for student-teachers with differing needs, time commitments, responsibilities, and geographical area. Our contact PGCE (Foundation Phase Teaching) programme is a one-year full-time qualification offered primarily on campus, and our PGCE (Foundation Phase Teaching) distance programme is a two-year, four-semester, part- time programme, taking place fully online.

The PGCE in Foundation Phase Teaching) is a 130-credit, NQF Level 7 programme designed expressly for the purpose of training graduates in possession of a Bachelor’s degree to become school educators in the Foundation Phase – teaching Grades R to 3.

A PGCE is the only qualification which provides professional registration with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) for graduates with degrees other than the Bachelor of Education (B Ed).

Student-teachers in the PGCE (Foundation Phase Teaching) programme will need to complete the following courses/modules successfully in order to receive the qualification.

  • Classroom Management
  • Teaching Methods
  • Applied Childhood
  • Psychology
  • English First Additional Language (EFAL)
  • Home Language (English, Zulu or Afrikaans)
  • Conversational language (Zulu or Afrikaans)
  • Mathematics
  • Life Skills
  • Teaching Environment
  • ICT
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Action Research

The division of modules and courses will differ depending on the mode of delivery you are registered for. If you are registered for a contact programme, you will be able to complete over the course of a year, and over the course of two years for the distance programme.

We have developed a core set of competencies we believe new teachers should possess and can build from when they enter the classroom as a practitioner. We have called this our “meta-skills”. Each of these are broken into sub-skills and supporting rubrics. Above is a breakdown of our core competencies.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree from a registered higher education institution.
  • The degree should include subjects/disciplines relevant to teaching Literacy, Numeracy, and Life Skills for young learners.

Additional Disciplinary Knowledge:

  • Applicants lacking sufficient disciplinary knowledge may need to complete disciplinary modules for Non-Degree Purposes (NDP) as occasional students.
  • NDP completion can be done prior to or during PGCE studies, depending on the student’s capacity.

Multidisciplinary Degrees:

  • Holders of multidisciplinary degrees without a main focus on teaching can be considered for PGCE FP.
  • The relevant disciplines should support learning requirements for the foundation phase.
  • Subjects to be taught should have a minimum NQF level 5 and a minimum credit weighting of 30 over two semesters.

Compulsory Disciplinary Modules for PGCE FP:

  • Life Skills: Business Management, Law, Sociology
  • Literacy: Academic Literacy, Communication Skills, English Literature Studies
  • Numeracy: Accounting, Quantitative Analysis, Statistics Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Critical Thinking, Research Psych


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