The University of the Free State (South Campus), Faculty of Education presents the Diploma in Grade R Teaching. 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. 

This qualification will not only provide prospective students with an opportunity to develop their academic careers but may also enhance their personal and social well-being. This programme will develop the necessary competencies for students to understand how learners learn, how to teach, and how to assess what they learn. 
Admission Requirements (Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

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
• Prospective students are required to provide proof that they are in-service Grade R teachers at school or centre to complete Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). 
• Prospective students are required to complete a form that should be signed off by the principal of the applicable school verifying that the student has access to a Grade R classroom for the duration of the programme (the form will be sent out to the applicant after the faculty evaluated the application application)
Admission through Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning refers to “the principles and processes through which the prior knowledge and skills of a person are made visible, mediated, and rigorously assessed and moderated for the purposes of alternative access and admission, recognition, or further learning and development. RPL, as defined nationally by SAQA, applies to informal or non-formal learning only. Learning resulting from formal routes will normally be recognised via Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT), but in cases where CAT is found not to be applicable, the RPL route may be explored”. 

Only applications that contain all the required documents, as listed below will be screened. Please make use of the official application form (available upon request at rplsc@ufs.ac.za or 051 401 7934/ 7351) 
Submit the application form as well as the required documents to rplsc@ufs.ac.za. The closing date for RPL applications is 31 October 2022.
Documents to be submitted as part of the RPL application: 

• Completed UFS SC RPL form 
• Updated Curriculum Vitae 
• A Senior Certificate 
• Verifiable letter of supervisor attesting to work experience
Please take note of the following:

• All applications for admission must be submitted online, click here to apply.
• Admission to a qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with the admission requirements and the availability of space.
• Candidates will be informed of the outcome and the steps to follow thereafter.
UFS, Faculty of Education will send the necessary information about registration dates and the registration process to all successful applicants who have confirmed their acceptance of the UFS offer. 
For enquiries, please contact:

Dr Zukiswa Nhase (Programme Director Grade R) 
Tel: 051 401 9180 
Email: NhaseZ@ufs.ac.za 

Dr Bawinile Mthanti (Head: Open Distance & E-Learning) 
Tel: 051 401 3125 
Email: MthantiBJ@ufs.ac.za

For more information, Download Grade R Diploma in Education Flyer 

The closing date: 31 October 2022 

RPL Application fee: R300


Theme: “Changing the Educational landscape in Africa through ongoing research”

The University of the Free State’s Faculty of Education invites registered Masters and Ph.D. students to the Faculty of Education 4th Postgraduate Research Conference.

Important information

The abstract body should be 350 - 400 words long.
The font should be 12 Arial with 1,5 line spacing.

The conference will take place as follows:

Date: 07 & 08 October 2022
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Venue: New Education Building, UFS, Bloemfontein Campus

To RSVP kindly send an email to Elsa Bester at postgraduateconference@ufs.ac.za  or call +27 51 401 3057.

Forward your abstract to postgraduateconference@ufs.ac.za before 16 September 2022.


The registered undergraduate students in the Faculty of Education who wishes to be transferred to the Qwaqwa Campus or who wants to be transferred to the Bloemfontein campus will be open on 03 October 2022 and will be effective in January 2023.
A cross-campus transfer applicant (only students registered in the Faculty of Education) is any existing student who seeks to move from the University of the Free State's Bloemfontein Campus to the Qwaqwa Campus or vice versa. To apply, students must send a motivation letter together with supporting documents to Motshewa Maikhosho at maikhoshomf@ufs.ac.za.

NB: Students are urged to apply on time as no late applications will be accepted. All previous requests made will not be considered.
Closing date: 24 October 2022 


UFS Contact Centre
T: + 27 51 401 9111

E: info@ufs.ac.za
E: eduinfo@ufs.ac.za

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