Qualification code: 90102
NQF Exit Level: 7
Total credits: 480
APS: 23 (Excluding Life Orientation)
SAQA ID: 105109
Duration of study: Four years (40 modules)

This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes at Unisa.

Admission requirements:
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) (Degree endorsement) with at least 50 % in the language of teaching and learning, and 40% in Mathematics or 50% in Mathematical Literacy, or A Senior Certificate (SC) with matriculation exemption or qualify for the exemption form the Matriculation Board with at least an F symbol on HG or an E symbol on SG in Mathematics, or A National Certificate (Vocational)(NCV) Level 4 with at least 60% in three fundamental subjects including the language of teaching and learning. 70% in four vocational subjects chosen from NC(V) level 4 subjects.
Subjects under the following categories are approved as eligible for a B.Ed Degree: All official languages as First Additional Language level, Agriculture and Nature Conservation, Business, Commerce and Management Sciences Services. Education, Training and Development, Mathematics and Natural Science. Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a Higher Certificate for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

A student who has successfully completed this qualification will be able to teach from Grade R to 3. Teaching Practice is a compulsory component in this program and must be taken according to the specific criteria every year. This qualification comprises both semester and year modules. Year modules may only be registered during the January registration period of each academic year. Students must also register themselves with SACE (South African Council of Education) from the first year of B.Ed registration. Please visit the SACE website for more information: https//www.sace.org.za/

Purpose statement:
The primary purpose of the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is to ensure that qualifying graduates are able to facilitate Foundation Phase teaching and learning ethically, professionally and innovatively in both rural and urban landscapes. The B.Ed is an initial qualification for educators in schools.

First level (Year 1)
Level Combination Rules:
BPT1501 Being a Professional Teacher (1st semester)
BTE2601 Becoming a Teacher (2nd semester)
CIC2601 Computer Integration in the classroom (2nd semester)
EMA1501 Emergent Mathematics (2nd semester)
EML1501 Emergent Literacy (2nd semester)
SED2601 Sociology of Education (1st semester)
TAM2601 Teacher as manager (1st semester)
TPF2601 Teaching practice 1 (year)
Group B; Choose ONE module from the group.
ENG 1514 Applied English Language Foundation (2nd semester)
Group C; Choose ONE of the following; may not be your home language OR First additional language.
AFK1505 Basic Communicative Competence in Afrikaans (1st semester)
XHO1507 Applied African Language Communicative Competence for Second Additional Language (1st semester)
Please visit the Unisa website for other options of an African language.

(Codes: NDE1507; SPE1507; SSO1507; SWA1507; TSO1507; TSW1507; VEN1507; ZUL1507)
For further information, please visit Unisa website: www.unisa.ac.za



  1. Apply online via the Unisa website. www.unisa.ac.za

A prospective student must apply for two qualifications during the online application, Option 1: B.Ed Foundation Phase; Option 2: Higher Certificate in Education.

  1. Pay the application fee of R115 into the provided Unisa account. (Please note: application fee is payable upon first application.)
  2. When an applicant receive a student number from Unisa, the number must be used in all future communication. (This Unisa student number must be filled in on the West Coast College enquiry form.)
  3. Online applications can be tracked on the Unisa website.

1. Complete the West Coast College Enquiry form. https://www.westcoastcollege.co.za/wcc2/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WCC-Unisa-Studies-Enquiry-Form-3.pdf
2. Attach a certified ID and National Senior Certificate (NSC) or applicable Grade 12 certificate.
3. Students who have not completed Grade 12 yet can apply with a Grade 11 November School certificate.
4. Attach any other qualifications obtained.
5. Send this information to info@westcoastcollege.co.za or deliver by hand to our Vredenburg, Malmesbury or Central Office.

– Feedback from Unisa will only be in 2021. If an application is successful the proof (letter from Unisa) must be send to the College at the following address: info@westcoastcollege.co.za

– A successful candidate must contact the College for further information on the registration process in 2021. Only successful applicants can then complete the West Coast College registration process for 2021 studies as the Unisa student number will then be linked to the WCC system.


It is the prospective students’ own responsibility to apply for funding. If you qualify for government funding you can apply by going to the Nsfas website at https://my.nsfas.org.za/Application

Alternatively you can apply at Funza Lushaka for funding: http://www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za/ 


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