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Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching

Qualification / Course Information

Minimum Duration:

4 Years

Minimum Credits:


NQF Level:





Contact Learning


Bellville (Cape Town), Centurion (Pretoria), Musgrave (Durban) & Waterfall (Midrand)




The STADIO Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is a formal qualification aimed at people who want to work with young children in the Foundation Phase of a school, from Grade R to Grade 3.

The Foundation Phase is the first phase of formal schooling in South Africa, and is very important in establishing the basis on which learners will grow in formal schooling. Learners who do well in the Foundation Phase in general will do well in later phases.

The Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching will enable you to promote the child’s social, physical, intellectual and emotional development. It is your care, oversight and attention to detail that will help young children grow to their full potential.



Teaching practice is an integral part of teacher education that provides you with the opportunity to experience the excitement of a classroom environment and contributes to your professional development as a future teacher. Teaching practice is compulsory in the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching programme, in every year of study. Various teaching practice assessment methods are used during this time to evaluate the student, including reports from the school, the School of Education (SOE) teaching practice assessor, the school mentors, and your eventual Portfolio of Evidence. In addition, the SOE monitors and verifies the placement of all students at schools. A student can only commence with teaching practice once the placement has been verified by the Teaching Practice Department of the SOE.

Please note the following:
You will have to spend a minimum of 21 weeks over a 4-year period in a different school in the foundation phase (Grades R-3), under the supervision of a mentor teacher as part of your studies. A student must experience teaching in all the foundation phase grades. You are required to attend the school from Monday to Friday for the full duration of the school day. Transport costs to and from school are to the account of the student. The number of weeks per year is based on the academic calendar of the institution.

You will be required to video-record some lesson presentations and upload these to the Learning Management System for marking, so you have to ensure that you have a suitable tablet or laptop device with sufficient storage space and data, as stipulated in the Minimum System Requirements section of this Information Pack.

You will receive full details of how your teaching practice sessions will work during the course of your studies. Refer to the teaching practice module descriptions below for more information.



Once you have passed the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching, you may continue your studies towards a relevant Honours degree. For more information, please contact STADIO.



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Entry Requirements



If you obtained your matric from 2008 onwards:

  • a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with

    • a minimum of 50% in four 20-credit subjects

    • a minimum of 50% for English (either Home Language or First Additional Language) OR

  • a National Senior Certificate – Vocational Level 4 (NC(V)) with a minimum of 60% in three fundamental subjects including English and Mathematics; and a minimum of 70% in four vocational subjects


If you obtained your matric before 2008:

  • a Senior Certificate (SC) with degree endorsement and a minimum of 50% (D) in English; OR

  • the STADIO Higher Certificate in Pre-School Education (NQF 5); OR

  • the STADIO Diploma in Grade R Teaching (NQF 6); OR

  • a Higher Certificate (NQF 5), Advanced Certificate (NQF 6) or Diploma (NQF 6) in the field of:

    • Education; OR

    • Early Childhood Development N4-N6 (National N Diploma); OR

    • Adult Basic Education (ABET Level 5).


In addition, applicants will be required to submit a Teaching Affidavit with their application. You may download it HERE and submit upon application.



Recognition of prior learning may lead to entry or an advanced credit standing at the discretion of the School.



Applicants who do not meet the requirements for degree studies listed above, but who have reached the ages of 23 or 45 respectively, may apply for Mature Age Exemption via the USAF Matriculation Board (https://mbit-application.usaf.ac.za/assessment/) under the following conditions:

  • candidates who have reached/will reach the age of 23 during the first year of registration and have already achieved a Senior Certificate with a pass in at least four subjects. The aforementioned four subjects must include one of the official languages and one subject at Higher Grade level; OR
  • candidates who have reached/will reach the age of 45 during the first year of registration.




Due to the language requirements of the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching, you can currently only enrol in this qualification if you have passed one of the following home languages and first additional languages at Grade 12 or NQF Level 4:

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • isiXhosa *
  • isiZulu
  • Sepedi *
  • Setswana *
  • Xitsonga *

Please note: Your home language choice must be the same as your home language passed in matric (or at NQF Level 4). Students who take English Home Language cannot also take English First Additional Language and must choose a different First Additional Language. Students who do not take English Home Language must take English First Additional Language.

* The offering of these language modules in Contact Learning mode will depend on student numbers per campus. In case of low numbers, the module may be offered on selected campuses only, or in the Distance Learning mode.


STADIO is committed to achieving inclusion and to overcome barriers to access and success in higher education. Applicants who do not meet the stated admission criteria, but who have relevant work experience and/or prior learning may apply for admission under the policy on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). STADIO admits a maximum of 10% per cohort via RPL. The implementation of RPL is context-specific, in terms of discipline, programme and level. 

A limited number of applicants will be admitted under the rules of Recognition of Prior Learning, to find out more read HERE.




  • Academic Literacy

  • Arts Education 1: Visual Arts

  • Beginning Knowledge

  • Early Childhood Development Studies

  • English First Additional Language 1 OR Afrikaans First Additional Language 1 OR isiXhosa First Additional Language 1 OR isiZulu First Additional Language 1 OR Sepedi First Additional Language 1 OR Setswana First Additional Language 1

  • English Home Language 1 OR Afrikaans Home Language 1 OR isiXhosa Home Language 1 OR isiZulu Home Language 1 OR Sepedi Home Language 1 OR Setswana Home Language 1 OR Xitsonga Home Language 1

  • Grade R Teaching

  • Information and Communication Technology for Education

  • Institutional Teaching Practice 1

  • School-based Teaching Practice 1

(Sepedi, Setswana and Xitsonga language choices are not offered at the Durban Musgrave and Bellville Cape Town Campuses.)


  • Education Theory and Practice 2

  • Educational Psychology 1

  • English First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR Afrikaans First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR isiXhosa First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR isiZulu First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR Sepedi First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR Setswana First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2

  • English Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR Afrikaans Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR isiXhosa Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR isiZulu Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR Sepedi Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR Setswana Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR Xitsonga Home Language for Foundation Phase 2

  • Inclusive Education 1

  • Institutional Teaching Practice 2

  • Literacy English Home Language 1 OR Literacy Afrikaans Home Language 1 OR Literacy isiZulu Home Language 1 OR Literacy Sepedi Home Language 1 OR Literacy Setswana Home Language 1 OR Literacy Xitsonga Home Language 1

  • Mathematics for Foundation Phase 1

  • School-based Teaching Practice 2

  • Sociopedagogics

(Sepedi, Setswana and Xitsonga language choices are not offered at the Durban Musgrave and Bellville Cape Town Campuses.)



  • Arts Education 2: Music and Movement

  • Inclusive Education 2

  • Institutional Teaching Practice 3

  • Literacy English First Additional Language

  • Literacy English Home Language 2 OR Literacy Afrikaans Home Language 2 OR Literacy isiXhosa Home Language 2 OR Literacy isiZulu Home Language 2 OR Literacy Sepedi Home Language 2 OR Literacy Setswana Home Language 2 OR Literacy Xitsonga Home Language 2

  • Literacy isiXhosa First Additional Language OR Literacy isiZulu First Additional Language OR Literacy Afrikaans First Additional Language OR Literacy Sepedi First Additional Language OR Literacy Setswana First Additional Language 

  • Mathematics for Foundation Phase 2

  • Natural Science and Technology Education

  • Physical Education and Sport

  • School-based Teaching Practice 3

  • Social Sciences: Geography

(Sepedi, Setswana and Xitsonga language choices are not offered at the Durban Musgrave and Bellville Cape Town Campuses.)


  • Curriculum Design

  • Education and Diversity

  • Educational Psychology 2

  • Educator & the Law

  • Institutional Teaching Practice 4

  • Introduction to Research

  • Language Conversational Afrikaans OR Language Conversational isiXhosa OR Language Conversational isiZulu OR Language Conversational Sign Language OR Language Conversational Sepedi OR Language Conversational Setswana OR Language Conversational Xitsonga

  • Mathematics for Foundation Phase 3

  • School-based Teaching Practice 4

  • School Management

  • Social Sciences: History

(Sepedi, Setswana and Xitsonga language choices are not offered at the Durban Musgrave and Bellville Cape Town Campuses.) 


Students who choose English Home Language will have to do Literacy isiZulu First Additional Language LZA302 OR Literacy Afrikaans First Additional LAA302 (12 credits) in the third year to comply with the language requirements as specified in the Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications, February 2015.

NOTE: Should a student register for XTSHL100; XTSHLF200; XTSLI201 or XTSLI301 they will complete the module in the DL mode of delivery.


* This is a non-qualification purpose (NQP) module that is optional, given the introduction of coding and robotics in the schooling system for foundation phase teachers.


Once you have graduated you can register with the SACE and become a Foundation Phase Teacher. 





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