BEd (General Education)

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This full-time programme runs over four years and will provide you with a BEd (General Education) degree for educators in the General Education and Training Phase (GET Phase), specialising in either the Foundation Phase (grades R to 3) or the Intermediary Phase (grades 4 to 6) and the Senior Phase (grades 7 to 9). 


The main purpose of this programme is to train teachers who will be able to prepare learners to meet the distinctive requirements of our time. But you also develop skills that will open up various other career possibilities, such as a career in communication, community development, public relations or other professional work focusing on client services, marketing and sales. 


The programme has a set structure and consists of academic and professional subjects that are the same for both specialised phases during the first year of study. In the first year you study subjects from both the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. These subjects are all compulsory subjects: Curriculum Studies; two of the language modules Afrikaans and Dutch, English Studies, and Xhosa; Mathematics (Ed); Natural Sciences (Ed); Social Sciences (Ed); Economic and Management Sciences (Ed); Teaching and Learning (Theory and Practice); Development and Learning; and Information Skills. 


Teaching and Learning forms an important part of the programme from the first year on. From the second year you specialise in the Foundation Phase or the Intermediate and Senior Phases. In your third and fourth year you can make further choices in the subjects for the Intermediate and Senior Phases. The subjects for the Foundation Phase are set and cover the theory and practice of all the learning programmes of grades R to 3. 


Since this is a programme that culminates in a degree, it gives you access to the Faculty’s postgraduate degree programmes up to doctoral level. See postgraduate programmes




• Applications close on 30 June. 

• There are places for 250 students 

• For more information, consult our selection guidelines or the Faculty of Education Calendar


Admission requirements 


• Write the National Benchmark Test AQL 

• An aggregate of at least 55% for the NSC or IEB (excluding Life Orientation) 

• A mark of at least 50% in each of four school subjects from the list of university admission subjects 

• Mathematics 40% OR Mathematical Literacy 60% 


Learners who were taught through the medium of English: 

• English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 60% 

• Afrikaans OR Xhosa (Home Language or First Additional Language) 50% 


Learners who were taught through the medium of Afrikaans: 

• Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) 60% 

• English OR Xhosa (Home Language or First Additional Language) 50% 


Admission requirements for the old Matriculation Certificate 


For the admission requirements relating to the old Matriculation Certificate (prior to 2008), contact our Client Services Centre at 021 808 9111.