By - Phenomabomb_
I have a PGCE with a BA in English too. You can do PGCE through UNISA. It depends what level you want to teach. Foundation phase (gr 1 - 3), intermediate phase(gr 4 - 9) or senior phase (gr7- 12). I did intermediate phase as it has two options. Can teach primary school or highschool up to gr 9. I had to do one other language(any other SA language - i choose Afrikaans) up to 2nd year level (4 credits) and one other school subject (economics, math, science, history, geography, psycology, biology) to year 1 level (2 credits).
For senior phase i don't remember exactly what you need. But if i remember correctly. You will specialize in one subject and need one language up to second year. Since you studied English you should meet the requirements. I also did psychology up to second year so i could apply for this PGCE immediately but i wanted to do intermediate phase so i had to spend 1 year to get the credits. It was in 2018 though so it might have changed.
I hope that helps
Thank you for the detailed reply. I think senior phase is a good fit for me. How did you find the workload? And did you get your teaching licence upon completion of the PGCE or did you need to work at a school for a while?
You apply for a provisional licence when you are in your final semester of PGCE. I split my studies over 2 years cause i was working full time. It's not that hectic but you need to do 10 weeks of practical that you need to factor in. I completed my semester modules first (they take 6 months each) in my first year i think there are 6 of those so 3 in the first 6 months, 3 in the next 6 months. And the year after i did practical. I got a job offer at the school i was doing practicals at and i had to get my sace certificate. I was able to do it in the last semester and they give you a SACE number. You then have a year to get the actual license, but you can work with the provisional one. Realistically you can do the PGCE in a year. It depends how much time you have. There is a lot of theoretical work and reading as with all UNISA degrees. So greatly depends on how much you can handle.
If you go into senior phase you will need to meet the following requirements:
1 school subject (economics, math, biology, psychology, programming,art, geography, history, physics, chemistry ect.) On 2 nd year level so 4 credits each
One other language to 1st year level (2 credits)
Don't stress if you don't have it. Go into an UNISA branch with your whole transcript of modules. Let them have a look at it and advise you. You can do the outstanding credits while you do the PGCE if it's not too many. I think they allow 4 credits or something (sorry its been a while). But go in. Don't bother phoning them or emailing them. Go to them directly go stand in line at the humanities faculty and talk to them at the desk. They will help you register for the credits you need. Provided you want to go through UNISA that is.
Thank you so much. I will have the opportunity to focus on the PGCE, so hopefully finish it a year. Thanks for the solid advice
I was also looking into this. It seems like you need two teachable subjects on second year level, if I don't understand it wrong. Do you have that? I don't unfortunately.
What do you mean exactly? I'm not very familiar with that terminology. At the moment I have my matric and a BA in English
I'm on mobile now, and for some reason I can't send you a chat request. Send me one if you can and I'll explain?
I was told that qith psychology and english i could teach ifni get a.PGCE
My wife completed hers through Unisa. You need a degree and some form of specialty. She ended going further into B.ed so, YMMV.