The Faculty of Education invites First-year Students who received and accepted their admission offers to come and register from 30 January 2023 at Bloemfontein Campus (EXR 4) and Qwaqwa Campus (Mandela Hall)

Students who would like to register on the date disseminated earlier which is 06 to 10 February 2023 will still be allowed to do so only if they received and accepted offers. From 06 February 2023, the registration will take place as follows:

  • South Campus, Madiba Arena: Department of Childhood Education ONLY (Foundation Phase) 
  • Bloemfontein Campus: EXR 4 (All Phases)
  • Qwaqwa Campus: Mandela Hall (All Phases)

The final offer of admission to the UFS is subject to the availability of space in the programme during the registration period.
The acceptance of the offer does not warrant registration with the UFS and should not be interpreted as a representation that you will be registered at the UFS or create any expectation to this effect.
Should you engage in conduct that the UFS, in its sole and unfettered discretion, deems undesirable, the UFS reserves the right to withdraw the final admission offer.
All applicants must always comply with the policies, rules, and regulations of the UFS, as may be amended by the UFS from time to time.

For more information about the venue and time kindly read the 2023 Registration

NB. Please make sure that you pay the registration fee before coming to the university to register. To download the registration fee document, please click HERE. PLEASE BRING PROOF OF PAYMENT WHEN YOU COME TO REGISTER. 

Bank: ABSA
Name of Account: University of the Free State Tuition Fees
Branch Code: 630734
Account number: 1 570 151 688
SWIFT Code for international transfers: ABSAZAJJ
Reference number for first payments: 100 directly followed by the student number


Due to the University of the Free State Council-approved Multi-Campus Management Model, this communication seeks to inform prospective first-year students and Stakeholders that the Department of Childhood Education (Foundation Phase) has relocated to the South Campus.

All staff members (academics and support) are already operating from the Campus, and therefore, all first-year students (undergraduate) who have applied for the Foundation Phase, when admitted, will register, and attend all lectures at the South Campus, from 2023 onwards. The Faculty of Education will communicate the necessary information and share all the details with students before the commencement of the first semester classes. 


Undergraduate Studies

Grade R Diploma in Teaching: Four-year Programme

Grade R Diploma in Teaching Flyer 2023


This is a four-year programme on NQF-level 6, and it will be offered over semesters. The Diploma in Grade R Teaching will provide a vast number of under and unqualified Grade R practitioners with the opportunity to gain access to higher education qualifications. After successful completion of the Diploma R (Grade R Teaching), graduates who meet the minimum entry requirements may articulate vertically by presenting this qualification for admission to a Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching (BEd Foundation Phase Teaching) exiting on NQF exit level 7. 

Admission Requirement

National Senior Certificate (NSC) or equivalent level National Certificate (Vocational) (NC[V]) with one of the following subjects as Home Language, English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, and IsiZulu

Method of delivery

Blended Distance Learning.

Undergraduate Faculty Booklet 2023

Bachelor in Education (BEd): Four-year Curriculum

Foundation Phase (Grade R-3) (Offered in South and Qwaqwa Campuses)
Intermediate Phase (Grade 4-7)
Senior Phase (Grade 7-9) and Further Education and Training Phase (Grade 10-12)

Admission Requirement

AP of 30+ and a minimum achievement of Level 4 (50%) for the language of instruction

Note: Additional admission requirements apply for the following disciplines:
Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Economics, Geography, Mathematics, English, Sesotho, Afrikaans and isiZulu.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

PGCE is a professional educator qualification that ‘caps’ a degree qualification.

Admission Requirement

NQF level 7 qualification with a minimum of two school-relevant subjects completed as part of the aforementioned qualification; one at first-year and one at third-year level. All PGCE applications go through a selection process at the Faculty level.

Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate Prospectus 2023

Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDiP)

Two years part-time

Admission Requirement

To be admitted to this diploma, a student must be in possession of a relevant qualification on NQF Level 7, and current experience in a teaching and learning environment within higher education.

Bachelor of Education Honours (BEd Hons): Four Areas of Specialisation 

One year Full-time and two years Part-time

Admission Requirement

A selection process is applicable for admission to the BEd Hons programme (minimum of 65% average in preceding Degree OR Advanced Diploma).

Additional Requirements for BEd Hons with Specialisation in Psychology of Education

Admission to this programme requires psychology up to second year level. This degree is not for registration with the HPSCA.

Additional Requirements for BEd Hons with Specialisation in Early Childhood Education

Admission to this programme requires Foundation Phase Teaching qualification.

Master's in Education (MEd): 15 different Education Specialisations (Higher Education Specialisation included)

One year Full-time and two years part-time

Admission Requirement
Admission into this programme is based on selection considering the academic achievement (at least 60% in the previous qualification) and the focus of research.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD): 15 different Education Specialisations (Higher Education Studies Specialisation included)

Two years Full-time and four years part-time

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the PhD programme of study in Education the student must possess an acknowledged qualification at NQF Level 9. 
To be admitted to the PhD programme of study with specialisation in Higher Education Studies, the student must have appropriate experience related to higher education and training.


Faculty of Education
P.O Box 339


T: +27 51 401 9111 (For Bloemfontein and Qwaqwa Campus)



E: (Intermediate Phase)
E: (Foundations Phase)
E: (Senior and FET Phase)



UFS Contact Centre
T: + 27 51 401 9111


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