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Final year undergraduate students are reminded that the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme is also offered at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s picturesque George Campus.

This is good news for those with relevant subject specialisations – both at NMMU George Campus, the university’s Port Elizabeth campuses and other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. 

The programme should also appeal to professionals considering a career change and in-service teachers without a professional (teaching) qualification who are prepared to consider full-time study.

The qualification will be offered on a one-year full-time basis and includes a school-based component where students are placed in schools in the region to gain practical and work-integrated learning.

PGCE (FET) – Programme focus

The PGCE Further Education & Training band (FET) is a professional teaching programme that will equip those who hold an undergraduate degree or approved diploma with the focused knowledge and skills to teach learners in Grades 10 – 12 (FET Phase) in particular subjects in a diverse range of schools.

The qualification requires both a depth and specialisation of subject content knowledge (two school subjects at second year level), together with the practical skills and workplace experience required to successfully teach the relevant subject.

Requirements for admission to the PGCE (FET)

The preferred minimum entry requirement for admission to the PGCE (FET) is an approved undergraduate Bachelor’s degree (current NQF Level 6) which includes appropriate and sufficient academic subject content knowledge to teach school subjects for the FET Phase.

In addition, certain diplomas (360 credits, NQF Level 5) currently offered by accredited public and private higher education institutions, which are also appropriate for teaching will be considered in consultation with the Department of Higher Education and Training. 

Candidates interested in enrolling for the PGCE (FET) at NMMU George Campus, can specialise in two of the following FET (Grades 10 – 12) school subjects: Accounting; Agricultural Management Practices; Agricultural Science; Business Studies; Economics; Mathematics; Mathematical Literacy.

A minimum number of 20 successfully registered students are required.

Opportunities for further studies

Students who have successful completed - the PGCE FET can be admitted to the BEd Hons (current NQF level 7) or Advanced Certificate in Education, for example ACE Special Needs Education (current NQF level 6).

What content will prospective students of the PGCE (FET) be exposed to?

Students who enrol for the PGCE (FET) will be exposed to a broad range of interesting and thought-provoking subject content such as educational thought, teaching and learning; curriculum design and development; barriers to learning and inclusive education; issues and challenges in education; citizenship and human movement science.  They will also be assisted in getting to grips with the various methodologies of presenting their chosen school subjects/areas of specialisation.

In addition, students will spend about 16 weeks in schools during the second and third term as part of their practical and work-based learning.


Upon acceptance into the PGCE FET programme you may apply (online only) for the Funza Lushaka service obligation bursary available to education students specialising in priority areas such as – Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, Agricultural Management Practices, Agricultural Science, Mathematics, or Mathematical Literacy:

* Kindly note BEd students are prioritised.

Want to know more?

For further details contact Ms Jackie Hay at telephone no: 041 504 4568 or e-mail

Where/how to apply?

For an application form contact the Admissions Office at NMMU George Campus at telephone no: 044 801 5194 or e-mail

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