Diploma in Grade R Teaching

SAQA ID: 91954, NQF Level 6 (Credits: 360)

Certification

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will receive an Academic Record and a Diploma in Grade R Teaching.

Programme Type

Part Time. This is a higher education programme accredited by the Council of Higher Education (CHE) and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). 

Course Prospects

The Diploma in Grade R Teaching is the minimum qualification for Grade R teachers. The purpose of the Diploma in Grade R Teaching is to develop teachers who can demonstrate general principles, as well as focused knowledge and skills appropriate for Grade R teaching. The qualification requires a depth of specialisation of knowledge, together with practical skills and experience in a Grade R classroom teaching context. As part of the qualification, students are expected to gain experience in applying such knowledge and skills in the context of working with Grade R learners in a school. 

The primary purpose of this qualification is to empower teachers with the appropriate skills and knowledge to curriculate, and to optimise any teaching-learning situation. 

CAREER FIELDS 

The career field that is applicable when obtaining this qualification is: 

* An educator/teacher in primary education, i.e., Grade R. 

Entrance Requirements

NSC Admission Requirements - 2008 and thereafter for entry level to Grade R Diploma

Minimum Achievement Rating (MAR) with Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy:19
Language of Learning and Teaching: 3 (40 - 49 %)
Other recognised languages: 3 (40 - 49 %)
Mathematics: 3 (40 - 49 %)
Mathematical Literacy: 5 (60 - 69 %)
Life Orientation: (4 divided by 2) 2 (30 - 39 %)
Subject 1, 2 & 3: 3 (40 - 49 %)

NSC Admission Requirements - Prior to 2008

Minimum Achievement Scores (MAS), minimum of 9: 9
HG Subjects: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1, F = 0: 3
SG Subjects: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, E = 0: 6

Additional Admission Requirements

1. Certificate or Diploma in ECD (NQF Level 4)
2. Certificate or Diploma in ECD (NQF Level 5): NQF Level 4
3. A level 5 Diploma in ECD may be presented for assessment pertaining to advanced credit standing: NQF Level 5

NB: You may only enrol for a subject marked with an asterisk

Programme Duration

The minimum duration to complete the qualifications will be 3 years.

Course Contents

First Academic Year

  Subject Code Credits
1 Early Childhood Education in South Africa ECE1425 8
2 Educational Psychology EDP1426 8
3 Grade R Observation Teaching Practice GRO1426 8
4 Introduction to Educational Studies IES1426 8
5 Introduction to Mathematics ITM1425 8
6 A. isiZulu as a Conversational Language
B. Xhosa as a Conversational Language
C. Seswati as a Conversational Language
D. Sesotho as a Conversational Language
E. Setswana as a Conversational Language
IZC1425
XHC1425
SEC1425
SOC1425
TWL1425
16
7 A. Afrikaans as Language of Learning and Teaching
B. English as Language of Learning and Teaching
C. isiZulu as Language of Learning and Teaching
D. Xhosa as Language of Learning and Teaching
E. Seswati as Language of Learning and Teaching
F. Sesotho as Language of Learning and Teaching
G. Setswana as Language of Learning and Teaching
ATL1425
ENL1425
ISL1425
XHL1425
SWL1425
SOL1425
TWL1425
16
8 Life Skills 1
• Beginning Knowledge
• Creative Arts
• Physical Education
• Personal Well-being

LIF1425

16
9 Mathematics 1 MAT1425 8
10 Philosophy of Education PED1425 8
11 Practice Teaching & Life Skills (WIL) WIL1426 16
12 Fundamentals of Teaching and Learning Portfolio FTL1425 16
    Total Credits: 128

Second Academic Year

  Subject Code Credits
13 Computer Practice for Teachers CON2425 8
14 English First Additional Language and Methodology ELM2426 16
15 Families in Cultural Context and Young Children in a Multi-cultural Perspective FYP2426 16
16 Grade R Classroom Management GRC2426 8
17 A. Afrikaans as First Language and Methodology
B. English as First Language and Methodology
C. isiZulu as First Language and Methodology
D. Xhosa as First Language and Methodology
E. Seswati as First Language and Methodology
F. Sesotho as First Language and Methodology
G. Setswana as First Language and Methodology
AFM2426
EFM2426
ZFM2426
XFM2426
WFM2426
SFM2426
TFM2426
16
18 Life Skills 2 and Methodology
• Beginning Knowledge
• Creative Arts
• Physical Education
• Personal Well-being

LIM2426

16
19 Mathematics 2 MAT2426 16
20 Practice Teaching & Mathematics Year Two (WIL) WIL2427 16
    Total Credits: 112

Third Academic Year

  Subject Code Credits
21 Curriculum Studies CON2425 16
22 Educational Psychology 2y EDP3427 8
23 Life Skills 2 and Methodology
• Beginning Knowledge
• Creative Arts
• Physical Education
• Personal Well-being

LIF3427

16
24 Legislation and Children's Rights LCH34276 8
25 Mathematics 3 and Methodology MTM3427 16
26 Professional Ethics and Perspectives in Education PEP3427 16
27 Professional Development PFD3427 24
28 Practice Teaching & Mathematics Year Three (WIL) WIL3427 16
    Total Credits: 112
    Grand Total Credits: 360

Assessment

Assessments consist of one assignment (formative assessment) and a final examination (summative assessment) for each subject. If you did not submit an assignment you cannot register for examinations. Make sure you submit the compulsory assignment within the prescribed time because it does not cost you anything.

Your final mark for each subject will be calculated as follows:-

  • Assignment contributes 20% towards the final mark
  • Examination contributes 80% towards the final mark

A student who submitted an assignment for a specific subject, and fails that subject, does not have to re-submit a further assignment prior to writing the “supplementary” examination. The assignment mark is automatically carried over. However, if the assignment mark is low, and the student wishes to re-do the assignment, he/ she may apply to the examinations section for a copy of the new assignment (at the prescribed fee) and may then re-submit the assignment on or before the new due date.

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