BEd (Intermediate Phase Education)

During this full-time BEd programme, which runs over four years, you are trained to be a teacher of learners in the Intermediate Phase with the competence to teach two intermediate school subjects and two languages. The programme covers the theory and practice of all the learning programmes from Grade 4 to 7.

You may specialise in curriculum development, school management or education policy by taking BEdHons and MEd in one of these fields of study. Or, with further training, you can become a remedial teacher (BEdHons and MEd in Educational Support) or an educational psychologist (MEd (Psych)), or you can specialise in curriculum development, school management, or education policy.

   Programme content

The programme has a set structure that consists of academic and professional subjects. Practical Learning forms an important part of the programme from the first year on. All students have to take two languages (chosen from Afrikaans, English or isiXhosa) on either a first or second language level throughout their four years of study. A third additional communicative language will also be taken during the third year of study.

In the first year of study, Mathematics Education is compulsory for all BEd students. You will therefore take Mathematics (Ed) and two other subject specialisations from the following ones:

  • Life Skills
  • Natural Sciences (Ed)
  • Social Sciences (Ed)

See the prerequisite requirements for these subjects further on. 

In the second to fourth years of study, however, you will follow only two areas of specialisation. Please take note: To continue with Mathematics as a subject specialisation from your second year, you have to pass Mathematics (Ed) 177 with a final mark of at least 60% in your first year.

Other compulsory modules include:

  • Information Communication Technologies for Learning (ICT)
  • Language Education and Academic Literacy, Development and Learning
  • Addressing Diverse Learning needs
  • Education Policy and Leadership
  • Education Evaluation and Research

For more information about the content of the programme, see our Calendar.

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 our postgraduate programmes.

   Prerequisite requirements for your chosen subject specialisations

Applicants must adhere to the following prerequisite requirements to register for these subjects:

Natural Sciences (Ed)

  • A minimum achievement of 50% for either Life Sciences OR Physical Sciences in Grade 12

Social Sciences (Ed)

  • A minimum achievement of 50% for either History OR Geography in Grade 12

Life Skills

  • No prerequisite requirements apply (i.e. all students may follow this module / subject).

   Selection

  • Applications close on 30 June
  • There are places for 125 students
  • For more information, consult the selection guidelines for BEd Foundation Phase

   Admission requirements for applicants presenting the NSC or IEB

  • The Registrar will contact applicants who have to write the NBT examinations
  • An aggregate of at least 60% for the NSC or IEB (excluding Life Orientation)
  • Mathematics 40% OR Mathematical Literacy 60%

AND

Learners who were taught through the medium of English:

  • English (Home Language or First Additional Language) 60% AND
  • Afrikaans OR isiXhosa (Home Language or First Additional Language) 50%

OR

Learners who were taught through the medium of Afrikaans:

  • Afrikaans (Home Language or First Additional Language) 60% AND
  • English OR isiXhosa (Home Language or First Additional Language) 50%

The BEd (Intermediate Phase Education) has further admission requirements depending on the school subjects that you wish to teach:

If you choose Natural Sciences (ed):
• Life Sciences or Physical Sciences 50%

If you choose Social Sciences (ed):
• History or Geography 50%

   Admission requirements for applicants presenting 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.

   Admission requirements for other applicants

International applicants and applicants who have not written the NSC or IEB examinations present their school-leaving certificates, which are referred to the SU International Office for validation. A conversion table, compiled and kept up to date by the Office of the Registrar in cooperation with the International Office, is used to allocate a comparable final school examination aggregate to them.

The following specific requirements apply to language:

  • In your final school-leaving examination, achieve a final mark of at least 60% for one of the following: Afrikaans or English or IsiXhosa (Home Language or First Additional Language)
  • Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL (Academic and Quantitative Literacy) by the end of June of the year of application
  • In the AQL, achieve a final mark of at least 60% for the language component (Academic Literacy)