The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

This is a professional teaching qualification aimed at graduates interested in teaching as a career.


Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Programme code: HXA00 (full-time); HXA02 (part-time)

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

The programme is offered on both a full-time basis (1 year) and a part-time basis (2 years).

Full-time students attend lectures during the day.

The part-time PGCE programme is aimed at prospective teachers who hold a Bachelors degree with teaching subjects, but who work during the day. Part-time lectures take place between 17h30 – 21h00.

Career Opportunities

  • Secondary school teacher trained to teach one FET subject and at least one SP subject


All applicants must complete the following courses:

  • Theory of Education A and B
  • One Major FET Subject Methodology
  • Teaching Experience in the Major FET subject
  • One SP Subject Methodology (+ optional: a 2nd SP subject methodology if the timetable allows for this – not available for part-time students)
  • Teaching Experience in the SP Subject/s
  • Endorsement courses (where necessary) in Computer Literacy and Language Proficiency:

Conversational competence in an indigenous African language (excluding Afrikaans) or South African Sign Language (SASL).

Subject Specific Information

This table provides the information related to the FET and aligned SP subject. 

FET subject methodology

SP subject methodology

Accounting/ Business Studies/ Economics
Economics and Management Sciences
Dramatic Arts/ Visual Arts/ music
Arts and Culture
Social Sciences or  Natural Sciences
Social Sciences
Life Sciences
Natural Sciences or Mathematics
Physical Sciences
Natural Sciences
No SP ICT methodology course offered

Entry Requirements

Please see PGCE entry requirements

Once your application is complete in terms of the requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. 

University Application Process

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

International students, please check this section.

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University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees. The Fees site also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal.

For information about postgraduate funding opportunities, including the postgraduate merit award, click here. Please also check your School website for bursary opportunities. NRF bursaries: The National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a wide range of opportunities in terms of bursaries and fellowships to students pursuing postgraduate studies. External bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.