UP PGCE Requirements 2024
UP PGCE Requirements 2024
UP PGCE Requirements 2024, UP offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme (PGCE) that provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to become qualified teachers. If you are considering pursuing a career in teaching, the UP PGCE programme may be a perfect option for you. However, before applying to the programme, it is important to understand the requirements and qualifications needed to apply.
In this essay, we will provide an introduction to the UP PGCE requirements, including the academic qualifications, work experience, and personal attributes necessary to be admitted to the programme. We will also provide guidance on how to prepare a strong application that will increase your chances of being accepted to the programme of choice. Whether you are a recent graduate or a working professional, this article will help you understand what is required to become a qualified teacher through the UP PGCE programme.
UP PGCE Requirements 2024 for admission
- Relevant bachelor’s degree, or
- A relevant approved diploma with:
Option 1: At least one module relevant to a school subject, passed at third-year diploma/bachelor’s level
(If the student has only 1 relevant subject that can be used to teach, then the student must add a research project if they do not qualify for a 2nd teaching specialization),or
- Option 2: Two modules relevant to two school subjects, passed at third-year diploma/bachelor’s level
An appropriate Bachelor’s degree or accredited and approved Diploma is required for all the programmes. All prospective students who hold a 360-credit Diploma have to provide evidence that their Diplomas are approved and accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training.
This is a selection programme, and although prospective students may comply with all academic requirements, the selection committee and the relevant departments involved may select a limited number of students due to the capacity and resources available.
Particular subject requirements for each phase are stipulated below:
- Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching:
One (or more) degree modules passed at a second-year academic level (200) which correspond with one or more relevant subjects at the school level for Senior Phase and one other/different (or more) degree modules passed at a third-year academic level (300) which corresponds with a relevant school subject at Further Education and Training Phase Teaching (check programme modules).
- Further Education and Training Phase (FET) Teaching:
Option A: One-degree module passed at a third-year academic level (300) which corresponds with a relevant school subject and a research project for students who do not qualify for a 2nd teaching specialization;
Option B:Two different degree modules passed at a third-year academic level (300) which corresponds with a relevant school subject (check programme modules).
- Computer literacy
All students had to complete a computer literacy course as part of their first degree. If not, it will be expected of students to enrol for such a course concurrently.
- African language competency
All students who successfully complete the PGCE should be partially proficient in at least one official African language or in South African Sign Language, as the language of conversational competence. Students can write an exemption examination to determine their language competence.
- Demonstration of subject-related skills
Some school subjects require the demonstration of skills. Candidates who apply may be asked to demonstrate these skills by way of various activities (including theory, practical examination or 1 portfolio). Subjects include Visual Art; Drama; Music; Geography; Natural Science; Physical Science, Life Science and African Languages.
The programme extends over one year full-time.
- Special examinations in the Faculty of Education
A final-year student, who has failed a maximum of three-semester modules or their equivalent with a final mark of at least 40% in each, may be admitted by the Dean to a special examination in these modules during January of the following year, provided that this will enable the student to comply with all the requirements for the certificate.
- Programme delivery
The PGCE consists of academic and teaching practice components. The academic learning components are presented in the format of integrated modules during which students construct a practice theory of and for education. The academic components run throughout the year. For the purpose of the teaching practice component, students place themselves in various partnerships schools. The first placement takes place in quarter two for six weeks in a school in the Pretoria region. The second teaching practice takes place in quarter three for six weeks in a different school in the Pretoria region. Students are fully engaged at the schools during teaching practice while they are supported and assessed by qualified mentor teachers and university lecturers.
- Professional development
At the end of the year, students will have to submit a professional portfolio showing the integration of all the different modules during an oral examination. The date for submission will be announced at the beginning of the academic year.
Continuous assessment is conducted on competency-based criteria. Assessment and feedback will be done at the end of the first semester. At the end of the year, students will present and defend their professional portfolio before a panel of examiners (internal and external) for the final examination.
- Certificate with distinction
The certificate will be awarded the distinction to a student who obtained 75% in each of the Professional Development (PPF 401), Facilitating learning (FCL 401) and the specialisation module(s), as well as an average of 75% in all the other modules, with a minimum of 70% per module.
UP PGCE Online Application Procedure 2024
- Visit the official website of UP at
- Click on Applications and select Apply Now from the drop-down
- You will be redirected to a new page, from the provided options select Start New Application.
- Fill the provided spaces with the required information
- Upload supportive documents such as School certificates, Latest results, p[rrof of residence, application-free receipts etc
- Submit a completed application form along with supportive documents and the application fee.
UP Contact Details
University of Pretoria
Private Bag x 20
GIBS | Groenkloof | Hatfield
Hillcrest | Mamelodi | Onderstepoort | Prinshof
An appropriate Bachelor’s degree or accredited and approved Diploma is required for all the programmes. All prospective students who hold a 360-credit Diploma have to provide evidence that their Diplomas are approved and accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Visit the official website for more information. Kindly leave a comment in the comment.