You could be the person who changes a child's life forever.

Imagine little faces lighting up with joy as you teach them the foundations of reading, writing and literacy.  As a Foundation Phase teacher you will have the exciting and immensely rewarding task of working with young children to develop their minds, bodies and social development skills.

The Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is a formal qualification aimed at people who want to work with young children in the Foundation Phase of a school, from Grade R to Grade 3. 

The B.Ed. Foundation Phase Degree is offered by Stadio Faculty of Education.  HVT will offer additional support and tutoring.


Duration: 4 years

Cost:  R550 Registration Fee & R30 000 Support Fee per year.  Please discuss payment options with financial staff.


HVT will assist students with the Stadio application process.

Matric obtained from 2008 

  • National Senior Certificate or NQF Level 4 National Certificate (Vocational) with an endorsement for entry into Bachelor studies (degree endorsement). 
  • Minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) in at least 4 matric subjects (excluding Life Orientation). 
  •  Minimum total rating of 25 APS points (excluding Life Orientation).
  • Minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) for
  • English Home Language or a minimum rating of 5 (60-69%) for English First Additional Language.
  • Minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) in Mathematical Literacy or a rating of 3 (40-49%) in Mathematics.

Matric obtained prior to 2008 

  • Senior Certificate with Matriculation Exemption/Endorsement and minimum 50% in English. 



Due to the language requirements of the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching, you can currently only enrol on this qualification if you have passed one of the following Home Languages at Grade 12 or NQF level 4: 

  • Afrikaans 
  • English 
  • isiZulu 
  • isiXhosa 
  • Sepedi 
  • Setswana 

Access to a mobile tablet/laptop, data and the internet 

Students who do not have access to the necessary technology are welcome to use the facilities at the Hermanus Varsity Hub.



In order to complete the qualification the student must pass a total of 39 modules. Progression through the programme and the number of modules per semester and year that a student can register for will be determined by the rules of progression, the student’s personal circumstances and as advised by the academic advisors. Consideration will be based on the accepted principle that a 12-credit module requires 120 hours of input from the student. 

The Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is structured over a four-year period. Each year’s modules are offered either in Semester 1, Semester 2 or as a Year module. Distance Learning students typically take between four to six years to complete the programme. 


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Teaching practice is an integral part of teacher training that provides a student teacher the opportunity to experience the excitement and thrill of a classroom environment while you study. Teaching practice is compulsory at Embury and includes School-based Teaching Practice and Institutional Teaching Practice. The nature of this work-integrated programme is dependent on the programme of study and will, where applicable, build incrementally on the modules in the previous group. Various teaching-practice assessment methods are used during this time to evaluate the student, including reports from the school, Embury Mentor and School Mentor. 

Embury undertakes to assist students (who are not working in a school) to find placement at an appropriate school. 

Please note the following: 

  • You will have to spend a total of 24 weeks in a school under the supervision of a mentor teacher as part of your studies. 
  • If you are already employed at a school, your school must meet Embury’s minimum requirements for a functional school and your mentor teacher must be suitably qualified. If your school does not meet our minimum requirements or you don’t have a suitably qualified teacher in your school who can act as a mentor teacher, you will have to spend your teaching practice weeks in another school. 
  • You will be required to video-record or audio-tape some lesson presentations and post-lesson observation discussions and upload these to Embury’s online portal ECI for marking, so you have to ensure that you have a suitable tablet or laptop device with sufficient storage space and data, as stipulated in the Additional Requirements section of this fact sheet. 

You will receive full details of how your teaching practice sessions will work during the course of your studies. 

You will have to spend the following number of weeks in teaching practice (TP) during your studies. Module  TP weeks 1st Semester  TP weeks 2nd Semester  Total SBTP weeks 
Teaching Practice 1  6  6 
Teaching Practice 2  6  6 
Teaching Practice 3  6  6 
School-based Teaching Practice 4  6  6 
Totals  6  18  24 
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