Bachelor Of Education (Honours)
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Applications in 2021 are for study in Makhanda, South Africa, in 2022/3. Applications open in July 2022 for study in Okahandja, Namibia in 2023/24.
If you have further questions regarding study in Namibia please contact Heide Khuhlane (South Africa) H.firstname.lastname@example.org OR Willemien Wannberg (Okahandja, Namibia) email@example.com
If you have questions regarding study in Makhanda (previously Grahamstown), please contact Dr Zintle Songqwaru firstname.lastname@example.org
|Course Overview||Entry Requirements||Further Information|
Our department recognizes the importance of providing post-graduate courses for educators which facilitate an engagement with important educational issues in South Africa today. The Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree – BEd(Hons) – has critical engagement as its central goal.
The BEd(Hons) is the first degree after initial teacher qualification, and the Rhodes BEd(Hons) is a general postgraduate degree that prepares students for research-based postgraduate studies in education. Its aim is to consolidate and deepen students’ knowledge of education, and to develop their ability to research educational contexts using appropriate methodologies and techniques. The qualification demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence and results in an NQF Level 8 exit qualification. It provides a pathway to a Master’s in Education (MEd).
The BEd Honors is a part-time qualification with tuition over two years. A new course is started every year, with one in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown, and one in Okahandja, Namibia. Students attend five week-long teaching sessions each year and are expected to complete assignments between each session. Attendance at all sessions and submission of all assignments is compulsory.
In addition to a General Bachelor in Education degree with electives in the second year of study, Rhodes is accredited to offer the following specialist degree options. In any given year these specialisms depend on viable class size and staff availability.
Bilingual Education, Diversity & Access
Educational Leadership & Management
English Language Teaching
ICT Technology Education
Programme Structure: Part-Time
Year 1 comprises two courses. In the first course, students examine contemporary issues and related ideas in education, from philosophical, psychological and sociological perspectives. The second course introduces students to the fundamentals of educational research.
Year 2 comprises the specialism OR electives. This year's study deepens students' theoretical understanding in their chosen field and they undertake a research project under supervision.
In both years, students are supported by an academic literacies programme which enhances their ability to read and write academic genres at an Honours level.
1. The minimum academic requirement is an M+4 or NQF Level 7 qualification on the current 10-level NQF. This is usually obtained through either
A. a four-year teaching degree (e.g. BEd), or
B. an appropriate Bachelors degree (e.g. BSc) with a recognised teaching qualification (e.g. PGCE), or
C. a four-year professional teaching qualification with an Advanced Diploma at NQF Level 7 The Advanced Certificate in Education alone does not give access to a BEd Honours.
2. Normally two years' classroom experience or equivalent work in an educational context is required.
3. Applicants should have at least two years' undergraduate study in the specialist field of their chosen degree, if the specialism is a school subject, e.g. Science.
4. Applicants are required to write a placement test at the end of the year in 2021 at Rhodes University in Makhanda as part of the application process.
BEd Honours candidates are required to have access to a laptop or computer and a stable internet connection.
In all cases, the previous academic record is taken into consideration.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE: The next intake for the Honours Degree Programme will be in 2022.
* PLEASE NOTE, regarding qualifications:
1. If you received your qualifications before 2000 it is important that you check their current status and recognition. Details appear in the Government Gazette No. 40610, Policy on the Recognition and Evaluation of Qualifications for Employment in Education, 10 FEBRUARY 2017, page 45. This Gazette is also available free online at www.gpwonline.co.za. Your District Office may also be able to help you.
2. If you are applying with qualifications obtained in a country other than South Africa, you will need to check their current status and recognition in South Africa. You may need to submit your qualifications to SAQA for an equivalence certificate. Details appear in the Government Gazette No. 40610, Policy on the Recognition and Evaluation of Qualifications for Employment in Education, 10 FEBRUARY 2017, page 64. This Gazette is also available free online at www.gpwonline.co.za
As these processes may take time, we urge interested applicants to begin this investigation early in the year in which they intend to apply.
If you meet the minimum entry requirements, please complete the online application at ROSS.
On the ROSS portal, click on Admissions and if you have not previously registered for online applications at Rhodes, please click the link in the red text.
Only if you are unable to access the online application process, please complete the following two forms:
Submit these two forms, together with academic transcripts of your previous degree/diploma course(s), and certified copies of your degree/ diploma certificates to:
Registrar's Office - email@example.com phone 046 603 8276
For further information contact Dr Zintle Songqwaru on firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 046-603 8276
Fax: 046- 603 7350
Closing date for applications for Makhanda Honours is 30th October 2021.
Candidates who meet the initial application requirements will be notified of details of the placement test which will be written in November 2021. Final selections will be based on performance in the placement test. Previous academic record may also be considered in some instances.
Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in December 2021.
As far as possible, the dates of the five contact sessions are scheduled during school holidays to minimise disruption to students’ work commitments. Applicants should ensure that their employers are supportive of their study plans and should also be prepared to arrange and fund their own accommodation during contact sessions.
In response to the Covid-19 context, it is possible that one or more of the above sessions may be delivered online in which case accepted students will be notified ahead of the relevant session(s). Successful applicants are also required to access literature online, complete assignments and submit them electronically over the course of the year. For these reasons, it is compulsory for all successful applicants to arrange their own reliable access to a personal computer or laptop as well as internet connectivity.
Approximate part-time academic fees for 2021 were R18 840, with an 8% inflation rate anticipated for 2022. In addition, there will be a departmental fee of approximately R1 500 in the first year and R1 000 in the second year to cover departmental expenses.
An application fee of R 100 is payable as a non-refundable administrative fee and must be deposited into the following account:
Account Name: Rhodes University FNBFEES
Account Number: 62145504553
Branch: First National Bank Makhanda
Branch Code: 210717
Use your surname or previous Rhodes University student number as the reference for the deposit. The bank deposit slip of the application fee must be attached to the front of your application form.
Last Modified: Wed, 01 Sep 2021 11:46:59 SAST