Bachelor of Education in Intermediate Phase Teaching

Completion of the BEd (Intermediate Phase Teaching) qualifies graduates to teach grades 4 - 7


The BEd qualifies you to teach in any school in South Africa and to register with the South African Council of Educators (SACE).

While there are certain courses that are compulsory for all B Ed students, there are some courses that are geared specifically to prepare you to teach in one of the above specialisations. All students participate in a 6-week session of Teaching Experience during each year of study. 

The programme requires every graduate to be able to teach competently across a range of subjects - including English, additional languages and Mathematics. Students specialising in the Intermediate Phase are also trained to teach:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • The Arts
  • Life Skills
  • Economic Management Sciences

For application enquiries contact:

Student Call Centre
011 717 1888

Career Opportunities

  • Primary school teacher (grades 4-7)


  • Education IA AND IB
  • Mathematics for Primary School Teachers I
  • Literacy for Primary School Teachers I
  • Social Sciences I
  • Becoming a Teacher A AND B
  • English I
  • Teaching Experience IA/IB

For students unable to demonstrate conversational competence in Sesotho, IsiZulu or South African Sign Language select a course from the following:

  • IsiZulu (Conversational Competence)
  • Sesotho (Conversational Competence)
  • South African Sign Language (Conversational Competence)
  • Education II
  • Mathematics for Primary School Teachers II
  • Teaching Experience II

Select a language course from the following:

  • isiZulu
  • IsiZulu Additional Language
  • Sesotho
  • Sesotho Additional Language
  • South African Sign Language

Select a teaching course from the following:

  • Natural Science
  • Social Sciences I

Select a course corresponding to courses selected in the First year:

• Teaching Natural Sciences (Intermediate Phase) A AND B


• Teaching Social Sciences (Intermediate Phase) A AND B

  • Education III
  • Mathematics for Primary School Teachers III
  • Teaching Home Language in the Intermediate Phase III
  • Teaching Experience IIIA AND B
  • Life Skills I: Arts for Teachers
  • Education IV
  • Mathematics for Primary School Teachers IV
  • Teaching Additional Language for Primary School Teachers IV
  • Life Skills II: Personal, Social and Physical wellbeing
  • Economics and Financial Literacy
  • Being a Teacher
  • Teacher Experience IV A AND B

Select one elective from the following:

  • ICT Literacy
  • Fun with Choir
  • Physical Activity in Sports in Schools
  • School-Based Support
  • Learning in and through Art
  • Learning in and through Drama

Entry Requirements

APS 37+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language  Level 5

Mathematics Level 4
Maths Literacy Level 5
Technical Mathematics Level 5


Applicants with an entry requirement of at least 31-36 APS points are wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Additional Selection Criteria

Preference is given to students with higher English results. Due to limited space, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to place availability, academic results, and other entry requirements, where applicable.

University Application Process

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process. 
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Compliance with the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a specific number of places for first year undergraduates, approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees website 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. 

The Financial aid office provides information on student funding and scholarships. University-funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.