Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Further Education and Training Teaching

Become an innovative teacher who will meet the needs of a new generation of students with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and specialise in the area of FET.

1.5 years
NQF Level 7
144 credits

Key Features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support 
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support


The Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Further Education and Training Teaching is an 18-month programme aimed at developing graduates who wish to teach within the FET phase (Grade 10-12) based on modules completed in the undergraduate qualification. Teaching subject choices may be selected from a list of specialisations offered by MANCOSA.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Further Education and Training Teaching qualification aims to develop innovative educators who will meet the needs of a new generation of learners. The key to taking South Africa forward lies in educating the nation for tomorrow.


Upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education programme, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge of theories and principles that inform teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the diverse context in which teaching and learning takes place within the South African school system
  • Develop an understanding of a learner-centred pedagogy to meet the diverse learner needs and contextual variations of the country
  • Demonstrate their ability to plan lessons for teaching incorporating the use of teaching and learning technologies to facilitate effective learning
  • Be familiar with the prevailing school and curriculum policies that inform teaching practices
  • Be able to demonstrate the skills in the teaching of the specialisation subjects taking cognisance of the teaching context, educational infrastructure, and school resources across the diverse schooling context that is prevalent within South African communities
  • Be able to communicate effectively in class through the medium of English
  • Be able to converse with learners in one of the indigenous African languages

Programme Structure

Duration: 18 Months


  • In semester 1, students do 3 core modules and 1 elective
  • In semester 2, students do 2 core modules
  • In semester 3, students do 1 core module
  • Students do 2 annual teaching specialisation modules over semester 2 and 3


Applicable to students with the following specialisations:

Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting and Life Science

Each teaching specialisation can only be selected if there is evidence of prior learning in any of your prior
qualifications at NQF level 5, 6 and 7 for that specific subject.


We encourage all prospective PGCE students to visit the SACE website at: to familiarise themselves with the requirements for SACE registration.

Semester One

  • English Communication and Academic Literacy 101
  • Professional Studies and Professional Ethics 101
  • Educational Studies: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning 101
  • isiZulu Conversational 101 OR isiXhosa Conversational 101

Semester Two

  • Educational Studies: Sociology and Philosophy 102
  • Teaching Practice 102 (TP102)
  • Educational Studies 102: Psychology of Education (Option 2)

Semester Three

  • Teaching Practice 103 (TP103)
  • Researching Teaching and Learning 103 (Option 2)

The following specialisation modules run annually over Semester 2 and Semester 3

  • Teaching Specialisation Accounting 110
  • Teaching Specialisation Business Studies 120
  • Teaching Specialisation Economics 130
  • Teaching Specialisation Mathematics 140
  • Teaching Specialisation English 150
  • Teaching Specialisation isiZulu 160
  • Teaching Specialisation Afrikaans 170
  • Teaching Specialisation Life Science 180
  • Teaching Specialisation Physical Science 190
  • Teaching Specialisation Geography 1100

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirement is an approved Bachelor’s degree. The degree should include sufficient disciplinary knowledge in an area of teaching (Further Education and Training Teaching) specialisation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The PGDEM is a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management while the PGCE is a postgraduate certificate in education in Further Education and Training Teaching.

FET means Further Education Training.

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