Walter Sisulu University Faculty of Education

Walter Sisulu University Faculty of Education

OVERVIEW

WSU has one of the reputable pedigrees in education in South Africa, offering a wide range of programmes.
The programmes focus on the initial professional education of teachers as well as their continuing development.  Specialist focuses on mathematics, science and technology education are also catered for as too are social sciences and development studies.
These areas are housed in four areas:
– Initial Professional Education of Teachers (IPET)
– Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (CPTD)
– Continuing Professional Teacher Development (MSTE)
– Social Sciences and Development Studies (SSDS).
Although information has been compiled as accurately as possible, the Council and Senate of WSU accept no responsibility for errors and omissions. WSU reserves the right to make any necessary alterations to this content as and when the need arises. 

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EDUCATION PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

Admission into undergraduate programmes

For all Bachelor’s Degree programmes, only applicants whose National Senior Certificate (NSC) results indicate that the learner has met the requirements for admission into Bachelor’s Degree, that is Bachelors’ endorsement, may be admitted. In the case of the old Senior Certificate, only applicants with a Matriculation Exemption endorsement will be considered for admission.

Admission Point System (APS)

The Education programme endeavours to use a point system for admissions. The achievement levels are then translated into points for each NSC subject. Points will be used to calculate the total Admission Point Score (APS).

• The minimum APS required for likely admission into Diploma programmes (ND ABET and ULME) shall be 20.

• The minimum APS required for a Bachelor’s degree is 26.

The Education Admissions Committee considered the administration of admission point score as proposed by HESA. The Committee appreciates the breakdown made in the achievement levels as this advantages a student whose performance is better than others.

On the basis of the HESA proposal the points will be awarded as in the following example:

NSC percentage per subject points 

NSC percentage per subject

Points

91%

8.1

86%

7.6

82%

7.2

79%

6.9

64%

5.4

55%

4.5

43%

3.3

39%

2.9

31%

2.1

30%

2.0

29%

1.9

28%

1.8

27%

1.7

26%

1.6

25%

1.5

The purpose of the above split will assist departments in admitting students according to their performance as opposed to the previous point system where a learner who scores 70% and the one who scores 79% would both attain 6 points.

It should be noted that the above scoring system excludes Life Orientation and Mathematical Literacy. Points for these two are allocated as follows:

NSC percentage per subject points

 

NSC percentage per subject

Points

90-100%

5

80-89%

4

70-79%

3

60-79%

2

40-49%

0

30-39%

0

 0-29%

0

 

Admission requirements per programme

 

Programme Campus Minimum requirements for matriculation Minimum requirements for NSC
University Licenciate in Music Education (ULME) Mthatha: NMD Senior Certificate with symbol E-S and Grade VTheory Certificate from any recognised Music Institution e.g UNISA, Trinity College and the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music.Students who did not study Music at High School will be subjected to interviews/auditions. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 –49%) for Music (students who have done and at Grade 12) and at least 4 (50 – 59%) for any other school subject to be taken as a major. Students who did not study Music at High School will be subjected to interviews/auditions.
NationalDiploma(ABET) Butterworth:IbikaMthatha:Zamukulungisa A Senior certificate with E (HG) and D (SG) in English and a pass in any other three/four school subject. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for any of the following subjects: History, geography, Agriculture, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences.
B Ed (FET)Humanities Mthatha: NMD Senior certificate inHumanities with at leasttwo subjects with E(HG) and two subjectswith D (SG) and a passin any other two schoolsubjects. NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) for any four NSC Subjects, two of which should be taken asMajors for the programme.NCS rating of at least 5 (60 – 69%) for English if it is to be taken as a Major subject and NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) if not to be taken as a Major, which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other school subject.
B Ed FET Natural Sciences Mthatha: NMD Senior certificate with Matriculation Exemption.At least E (HG) or D (SG)in Mathematics and in any other two Science Subjects and a pass in any other two or three school subjects. NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) for Mathematics and 4 (50 – 59%) for either Life Sciences or Physical Sciences provided one of them will not be taken as a major. The one that will not be taken as a major may be 3 (40 – 49%). A requirement for all the majors is at least 4 (50- 59%). NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other two or three school subjects.
B Ed (FET) EMS  Butterworth:IbikaMthatha:NMD andZamukulungisa Senior certificate with Matriculation Exemption.At least two subjects with E (HG) and two subjects with D (SG) in any of the Business, Commerce and Management Science field and a pass in any other one or two school subjects NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) in any four NSC subjects, at least two from BCM Learning Field, or Computer Applications Technology. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other school subject.
B Ed (FET)Consumer Sciences  Mthatha:Zamukulungisa Senior certificate with Matriculation Exemption.At least two subjects with E (HG) and two subjects with D (SG) from Consumer Studies, Hospitality Studies, Tourism, Home Economics and Needlework and Clothing and a pass in any other one or two school subjects. NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) in any four NSC subjects, two of which should be from the Service Learning Field (Consumer Studies, Hospitality Studies, Tourism, Home Economics and Needlework and Clothing) and are to be taken as Majors for the programme. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other school subject.
B Ed TechnicalEducation  Butterworth:Ibika Matriculation Exemption.At least two subjects with E (HG) and two subjects with D (SG) in the approved Technical subjects (Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology, Electrical Technology, EGD) and a pass in any other one or two school subjects. Senior certificate with NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) in any four NSC subjects, which should include Physical Sciences, at least 3 (40 – 49%) for Mathematics. Applicants with at least 4 (50-59%) in two or more of the approved Technical subjects (Mechanical Technology, Civil Technology, Electrical Technology and EGD) will receive first preference. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other two or three school subjects.
B Ed FET Arts and Culture  Mthatha: NMD Senior certificate with Matriculation Exemption.At least two subjects with E (HG) and two subjects with D (SG) from the Arts and Culture Learning Field and a pass in any other two school subjects. NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) in any four NSC subjects, one of which should be taken as a Major with Music for the programme. If English is taken as a major, it should be at least at level 5. NSC rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU and a pass in any other school subject.
Bachelor of Social Science  Mthatha: NMD Senior certificate with at least two E (HG) in and two D (SG) in school subjects. NSC achievement rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) for any four NSC Subjects. In the event that English is not one of the four NSC subjects a rating of at least 3 (40 – 49%) for English (if not to be taken as a Major) is required, which is the language of learning and teaching at WSU. If English is taken as a major, it should at least be at level 5.

 

PROGRAMME CAMPUS MINIMUM

Admission of FET college students

Diploma: the minimum admission requirement is a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 issued by Council for General and Further Education and Training. A student must have achieved at least 40% in three fundamental subjects including English and at least 50% in three compulsory vocational subjects.

Bachelor’s Degree: the minimum admission requirement is a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 issued by Council for General and Further Education and Training. A student must have achieved at least 50% in three fundamental subjects including English and at least 60% in four compulsory vocational subjects.

EDUCATION UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

PROGRAMME
University Licentiate in Music Education (ULME)
CAMPUS
Nelson Mandela Drive, Mthatha
REQUIREMENTS

  • APS: 20. See our easy- to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: Symbol E-S and Grade V Theory Certificate from any recognised music institution, for example, Unisa, Trinity College and the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music
  • NSC: Minimum rating of 3 (40-49%) for students who have done Music in Grade 12; NSC rating of 4 for any other school subject to be taken as a major.
  • Those applicants without music will be interviewed/auditioned.
  • See other admission requirements relevant to your programme of choice.

 

BEd (FET) Humanities Nelson Mandela Drive, Mthatha
REQUIREMENTS

  • APS: 25 – See our easy-to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: Two subjects with E (HG) or D (SG) in any two school subjects from Languages, History and Geography and a pass in any other two school subjects.
  • NSC (Degree): rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) for any four NSC subjects, two of which should be taken as Majors. NSC rating of at least 5 (60 -69%) for English if it is to be taken as a major subject and NSC rating of at least least 3 (40-49%) if not to be taken as a major which is the language of learning and teaching of WSU and a pass in any other school subject.
  • See other admission requirements relevant to your programme of choice.

 

BEd (FET) Natural Sciences Nelson Mandela Drive, Mthatha
REQUIREMENTS

  • APS: 22 – See our easy-to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: E (HG) or D (SG) in Mathematics and in any other two science subjects and a pass in any other or three school subjects.
  • Successful completion of the Foundation Programme of the Faculty of Education.
  • NSC (Degree): rating of at least 4 (50-59%) for Mathematics or 4 (50-59%) for Mathematical Literacy and 3 (40-49%) for either Life Sciences or Physical Sciences, provided one of these will not be taken as a major.
  • NSC rating of at least 5 (60-69%) for English if it is to be taken as a major subject and NSC rating of at least 3 (40-49%) if it is not be taken as a major which is the language of learing and teaching, and a pass in any other school subject.
  • See other admission requirements relevant to your programme of choice.

 

BEd (FET) Economic and Management Sciences Education Ibika, Nelson Mandela Drive, Zamukulungisa & Queenstown
  • APS: 25 – See our easy-to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: with at least E (HG) and D (SG) in any two of the Business, Commerce and Management subjects.
  • NSC (Degree): rating of at least 4 (50-59%) in any four NSC subjects, two from BCM Learning Field, or Computer Applications Technology.
  • NSC rating of at least 2 (30-39%) for English.
  • See other admission requirements relevant to your programme of choice. 
BEd (FET) Consumer Science Education Zamukulungisa
  • APS: 25 – See our easy-to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: with at least E (HG) and D (SG) in any two from Consumer Studies, Hospitality studies, Tourism, Needlework & Clothing and Home Economics
  • NSC (Degree): rating of at least 4 (50-59%) in any four NSC subjects, two of which should be from the Services Learning Field and are to be taken as majors for the programme. NSC rating of at least 2 (30-39%) for English.
  • See other admission requirements relevant to your programme of choice. 
BEd (FET) Technology Education Ibika
  • APS: 25 – See our easy-to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: at least E (HG) and D (SG) in any two of the approved technical subjects Mech Tech, Civil Tech, Electrical Tech, EGD
  • NSC (Degree): rating of at least 3 (40-49%) for Mathematics and 3 (40-49%) for Physical Sciences.
  • Rating of at least 2 (30-39%) for English.
  • See other admission requirements relevant to your programme of choice.
Bachelor of Social Sciences Nelson Mandela Drive
  • APS: 25- See our easy-to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: Matric with exemption or conditional exemption
  • NSC (Degree): rating of at least 4 (50-59%) in any four NSC subjects, for the programme.
  • Rating of at least 2 (30-39%) for English. 
Bachelor of Arts Nelson Mandela Drive, Mthatha
  • APS: 25- See our easy-to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: with E (HG) or D (SG) in any two school subjects from Languages, History and Geography or any other relevant subject.
  • NSC (Degree): rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) for any four NSC subjects, two of which should be from Human and Social Studies Learning Field and are to be taken as Majors.
  • Rating of at least 2 (30 – 39%) for English.
  • See other admission requirements relevant to your programme of choice.  
BEd (FET) Arts and Culture Education Nelson Mandela Drive, Mthatha
  • APS: 22 – See our easy-to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: with E (HG) or D (SG) in any two of the Arts and Culture subjects.
  • NSC (Degree): rating of at least 4 (50 – 59%) for any four NSC subjects, two of which should be from Arts and Culture Learning Field (Dance Studies, Design, Dramatic Arts, Music, Visual Arts) and are to taken as major.
  • NSC rating of at least 2 (30 – 39%) for English.
  • See other admission requirements relevant to your programme of choice.

DIPLOMA 

Adult basic education and training (ABET) Ibika, Zamukulungisa
  • APS: 20 – See our easy-to-understand scoring table
  • Senior Certificate: E (HG) and D (SG) in English and a pass in any other school subject.
  • NSC (Degree/Diploma): Rating of at least 3 (40-49%) for any of the following subjects: History, Geography, Agriculture, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences.
  • See other admission requirements relevant to your programme of choice. 

  

Contact us

For further information, contact us on:

Mthatha (047) 502 2557
Zamukulungisa (047) 501 1414
Ibika (047) 401 6114
Whittlesea (040) 842 6800

EDUCATION POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

The following postgraduate programmes are offered in these fields:

School Department Programme offered Minimum duration Sites
Continuing Professional Teacher Development Postgraduate Continuing Professional Teacher Development and Research (PS) B Ed Hons options/streams 2 yrs Nelson Mandela Drive/Ibika
  M Ed options/ streams 2 yrs Nelson Mandela Drive
  D Ed 3 yrs Nelson Mandela Drive
  BA Hons in English 2 yrs Nelson Mandela Drive
  MA in Contemporary English studies 2 yrs Nelson Mandela Drive
  Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours 2 yrs Nelson Mandela Drive
  Postgraduate Diploma Library and Information Science 1 yr Nelson Mandela Drive
  Master of Arts 2 yrs Nelson Mandela Drive

 QUEENSTOWN CAMPUS NOW OFFERING PGCE

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

  • Qualification: Degree
  • Two approved teaching subjects (Accounting, Economics, Business Studies, Maths, CAT & IsiXhosa)

Disclaimer

Although the information contained on the website has been compiled as accurately as possible, WSU accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions. WSU reserves the right to make any necessary alterations to programme and other related information as and when the need may arise. The programme and other related information are only applicable for the 2018 academic year. A new prospectus will be published for the 2019 academic year.

Offering of programmes and/or courses not guaranteed

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Students should note that the offering of programmes and/or courses as described on the website and in the prospectuses are not guaranteed but may be subject to change. The offering of programmes and/or courses is dependent on viable student enrolment numbers being met (as determined by HOD) and physical and human resources being available.