BEd Honours Namibia

APPLICANTS, PLEASE NOTEApplications in 2020 are for study in Okahandja, Namibia in 2021/2. Applications open in July 2021 for study in Makhanda, South Africa, in 2022/3.

If you have further questions regarding study in Namibia please contact Dr Zintle  Songqwaru ;  or   Heide Khuhlane (South Africa) OR Willemien Wannberg (Okahandja, Namibia)

If you have questions regarding study in Makhanda (previously Grahamstown), please contact Dr Caroline van der Mescht


Course Overview
Entry Requirements
Further Information
Fee Information

 Our department recognizes the importance of providing post-graduate courses for educators which facilitate an engagement with important educational issues today. The Bachelor of Education (Honours) degree – BEd(Hons) – has critical engagement with 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 which 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).


About the Course

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
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Educational Leadership & Management
  • General Education
  • Geography Education
  • ICT Technology Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Primary Education
  • Science Education

Programme Outline

Year 1 comprises two courses. In the first course, students examine contemporary issues and related ideas in education, using philosophical, psychological and sociological lenses. The second course introduces students to the fundamentals of education research.  

Year 2 comprises two courses in the specialism. Course A deepens students’  theoretical understanding in the specialism; Course B is usually a research project conducted under supervision and culminating in a research report.  

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. 


Entry Requirements

1. The minimum academic requirement is an M+4 or NQF Level 7 qualification on the current  South African 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 who meet the minimum requirements will be invited to write a  placement test, tentatively scheduled towards the end of 2020 at the National  Institute for Educational Development, Okahandja, NAMIBIA.

In all cases, previous academic record is taken into consideration.


Application Procedure

If you meet the minimum entry requirements, complete the following form:  

the Rhodes University application form from the Registrar’s website,

Submit this form, together with an academic transcript of your previous degree/ diploma course, and certified copies of your degree/ diploma certificates to: 

Registrar’s Office – phone 046 603 8276

Closing date for applications is 15th February 2021

For further information about the application process contact Ms Heide Khuhlane at (South Africa), or Ms Willemien Wannenberg (Namibia) at  

Final selections will be based on: 

  • previous academic record 
  • performance in the placement test 
  • educational experience. 

Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application  in  March 2021. 

2021 session dates:  

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

The tentative 2021 session dates are:

Session 1: 23-26 March 2021 

Session 2: 3 – 7 May 

Session 3: 14 – 18 June 

Session 4: 23 – 27 August 

Session 5: 4 – 8 October 

Examinations: 1 - 5 November 

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. 

Costs and payments 2021 

Approximate part-time academic fees for 2020 are R23 100, with 8% inflation rate anticipated for 2021. 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 150 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, 03 Feb 2021 10:58:36 SAST