WITS University Postgraduate Certificate in Education

By | May 3, 2018

University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) Postgraduate Studies certificate in education

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a professional teaching qualification offered over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time and is aimed at graduates who are interested in teaching as a career.

Qualification: PGCE

School: Wits School of Education

Faculty: Humanities

Duration: 1-2 years

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Programme overview

The PGCE provides professional preparation for teaching in high schools in the Senior Phase (SP, grades 7-9) and Further Education and Training (FET, grades 10-12) phases of schooling.

Information about bursaries such as the Funza Lushaka bursary is available from the bursary officer in the School of Education.


All applicants must complete the following courses:

• Theory of Education
• One Major FET Subject Methodology
• Teaching Experience in the Major FET subject
• One SP Subject Methodology (+ optional: a 2nd SP subject methodology)
• Teaching Experience in the SP Subject/s
• Endorsement courses (where necessary) in Computer Literacy and Language Proficiency:
Conversational competence in an indigenous African language or South African Sign Language (SASL).

Entry Requirements


  • A bachelors degree or equivalent with 65% course mark aggregate in a third year major.
  • At least an upper second class pass in the final undergraduate course in the subject.

Masters by Coursework and Research Report:

  • A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.

Masters by Dissertation:

  • A bachelors degree with honours from Wits or another university with a 65% total mark aggregate.
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.


  • A masters degree from Wits or another university with a 70% total mark aggregate.
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Humanities must be identified and approached prior to application.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed a bachelors degree such as BA, BA (Dramatic Art), BA (Fine Arts), BCom or BSc and have appropriate teaching subjects in their degree.

Application Process

  • Please apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please download and complete the application form.
  • Some programmes, eg Psychology, Management etc, require additional departmental forms. Please fill in these additional forms as the application is not complete until this is done and ensure you provide all the requested supporting documentation within the timeframes for submission of the documentation. Applications that remain incomplete are withdrawn by the University.
  • It should be noted that no more than two choices of degree and/or diploma are permitted.
  • All additional documentation required by the University must be uploaded via the Self Service Portal https://self-service.wits.ac.za.  The University would request for the duly certified hard copies of all academic qualifications only if your application to study is successful.
  • All postgraduate applicants are required to pay an application fee of R200.  Current University of the Witwatersrand students who apply online are not liable for this fee.
  • Once the application is complete in terms of the requested documentation, the application is then referred to the relevant School for assessment.  Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal https://self-service.wits.ac.za
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalize the application at the end of the application cycle.
  • All applicants will receive their correspondence via their e-mail and can also view it on the Self Service Portal
  • Applicants that are requested to provide an Academic Transcript and Degree Certificate are reminded that we require these documents for all tertiary qualifications, please note that credit certificates or statement of results are not acceptable.  Applicants that are currently studying would be required to upload the Final Academic Record only once the final results become available towards the end of the academic year.

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Online applications

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Course Costs

The average course costs range from R25000 to R57000 (excluding an MBA), depending on the course and the number of years of study.


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