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1 - 3 Years




Postgraduate Certificate In Education

Intermediate Phase Teaching

Faculty of Education

SAQA ID 118640


Credits 120

This is a professional teaching qualification that is aimed at graduates who are interested in teaching as a career.

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1 - 3 Years




Accredited by:
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The Postgraduate Certificate in Intermediate Teaching (PGCE (Intermediate Phase Teaching)) is a teaching qualification that enables students who have successfully completed, a) a cognate Diploma (NQF Level 6), or b) a cognate undergraduate degree (NQF Level 7) or c) a cognate postgraduate qualification (NQF level 8 and above) to pursue the Postgraduate Certificate in Education. The PGCE in Intermediate Phase Teaching enables graduates to enter the teaching profession as an Intermediate Phase (Grades 4 – 6) teacher in South African public and private schools. The PGCE (Intermediate Phase Teaching) is a NQF Level 7 qualification consisting of a minimum of 120 credits.

The purpose and outcomes of the qualification is to provide students with solid knowledge of education and its foundations. Therefore the students will be able to display the competence to teach at least two learning areas with confidence. In addition, the PGCE in Intermediate Phase teaching will enable pre-service teachers to acquire knowledge and competencies in educational theory, an understanding of relevant as well as current policy and legislation, subject content knowledge, alongside cooperative and collaborative learning and teaching methodologies that are relevant to a South African context in general. The PGCE is a qualification that enables graduates to gain professional registration with the South African Council for Educators (SACE). Thus, the PGCE is a professional qualification that equips, enables and empowers pre-service teachers with the requisite integrated competencies. Therefore, this qualification will prepare pre-service teachers with a specific depth and specialisation of knowledge, together with practical skills and workplace to be able to implement their learning in varying contexts at schools.

The qualification focuses on essential knowledge and skills for teachers, teaching in Grades 4 – 6, and in at least two teaching specialisations. Students may be required to complete a conversational African language module (Conversational isiZulu) to facilitate learning in multi-lingual classrooms, if they are not proficient in an African language. They may also be required to complete the Technology and Teaching module if they are not proficient in the use of technology.

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission into the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching is either:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree at NQF Level 7. This Bachelor’s Degree must include modules at Level 7 in an appropriate discipline(s) to specialise in at least two learning areas.


  • A 360-Credit, NQF Level 6 Diploma. This Diploma must include modules at NQF Level 6 in an appropriate discipline(s) to specialise in at least two learning areas.


  • Where a student does not have the sufficient disciplinary subject matter in the prerequisite qualification, he/she will be required to complete additional module(s) before the qualification may be awarded.


  • An International Qualification. For all international qualifications, SAQA evaluation Certficate is required and the syllabus.

Accreditation and Duration

This is a part-time higher education programme accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). It is also registered on the National Qualifications Framework(NQF).


  • Minimum – 1 years of study (part-time)
  • Maximum – 3 years of study (part-time)

Career Options

  • Teacher
  • Tutor
  • Education liaison officer
  • Educational consultant
  • Educational advisor


Upon successful completion of the qualification, you will receive a certificate depicting: Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching, in addition the following will be denoted on the certificate: Phase Specialisations; Language(s) of Learning and Teaching (LoLT); Language(s) of Conversational Competence and Subject Specialisations. The student will also receive an academic transcript. These documents will be issued at one of the two graduation ceremonies, couriered to the nearest branch or posted to you (after the official ceremony), provided that your account is in order.

NB: Certificates cannot be issued to students before an official graduation ceremony.

Learner Material

Study materials are largely supplied in digital format only. Printed copies can be ordered at the prescribed tariffs.

Prescribed textbooks are excluded and must be procured by the student. (Terms and Conditions apply)

The College has a small number of prescribed textbooks. Should you experience undue problems to acquire your textbooks, you may enquire at the College.

Lyceum College has prescribed textbooks in the Library that can be issued for a limited period on a first come first serve basis. Should you experience undue problems to acquire your textbooks, you may enquire at the College.


This specialised Postgraduate Certificate in Education will enable the student to articulate both horizontally and vertically. In order to articulate in a vertical manner, a student can progress to a qualification such as the Bachelor of Education Honours at NQF Level 8, upon completion, which in turn may allow the student to progress to a Masters Degree (NQF Level 9), and to pursue a Doctoral qualification (NQF Level 10), within a specific discipline in Education. A Postgraduate Certificate in Education will also facilitate horizontal articulation, allowing a student who successfully completed the qualification to enter into a cognate Advanced Diploma at NQF Level 7.


Assessments consist of two assignments (formative assessment) and a final examination (summative assessment) for each module. The two assignments consist of an online multiple-choice (MCQ) assignment and an Application-Based assignment.

NB: Make sure you upload assignments before the submission date in the required format. Assessments that are not submitted onto the Virtual Classroom (myClass), will not be accepted.

Your final mark for each module will be calculated as follows:

Assignments contribute 60% towards the final mark

Examination contributes 40% towards the final mark

NB: Lyceum does not allow students to bank assignment marks. Students must complete assignments for the academic cycle in which they wish to complete the examination.

Registration for Cycle 1 occurs  between 1 April and 30 September.

Registration for Cycle 2 occurs between 1 October and 31 March.


Diversity and Inclusion
Education Studies
Managing Teaching
Teaching Practice 1

Teaching Practice
Curriculum Studies in the South African Context
English FAL teaching in the Intermediate Phase
Conversational isiZulu
Technology and Teaching

English HL teaching in the Intermediate Phase
isiZulu HL Teaching in the Intermediate phase

Afrikaans HL Teaching in the Intermediate Phase
isiZulu FAL Teaching in the Intermediate Phase

Mathematics teaching in the Intermediate Phase

Compulsory Module if Mathematics teaching wasn’t selected
Fundamental Mathematics

Natural Sciences and Technology Teaching in the Intermediate Phase

Social Sciences Teaching in the Intermediate Phase
Life Skills Teaching in the Intermediate Phase


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