BUSINESS NEWS - South Cape TVET College, in collaboration with Unisa, offered two Unisa accredited programmes at the start of this year.
The courses are the Bachelor of Education Degree (BEd) Foundation Phase (qualification code: 90102) and the L5 Higher Certificate (HC) in Adult Basic Education and Training (qualification code: 98615). The college experienced an overwhelming interest in the Unisa programmes from the local communities, with more than 800 applicants in 2017.
A record total of 303 students were successful in their application: 129 BEd students and 174 Level 5 HC Abet students were offered spaces by Unisa to register in 2018. Young unemployed adults with grade 12, as well as crèche and underqualified primary school teachers, realised the importance of furthering their studies and improving their qualifications.
The Unisa programmes are offered at five South Cape TVET College campuses, namely Beaufort West, Bitou, George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. The programme design serves as a big attraction for the students. It consists of three components: distance learning, face-to-face learning and workplace exposure. The college students gained practical experience at various crèches and primary schools throughout the Southern Cape and Central Karoo.
Face-to-face contact sessions are offered from Mondays to Wednesdays for unemployed youth and adults, and Saturday classes cater for employed students. These contact sessions ensured excellent success rates in the first semester Unisa exams, leading to 111 subject /module distinctions. At the George campus, the five subjects / modules pass rate for BEd is 85%, and the
L5 Higher Certificate Abet pass rate is 89%.
The pass rate of students across the five campuses is 83% for the five BEd subjects /modules and 87% for L5 Higher Certificate Abet students.
These excellent results resonate the hard work and dedication of students and lecturers during the first semester, under the effective leadership of Felicity Scholtz (HoD for higher education programmes at the college).
A dedicated team of college interns also assisted registered South Cape TVET College / Unisa students with all computer-related challenges, including uploading and submitting their assessments and assignments on the Unisa website, which forms part of the distance learning component. - Written by Felicity Habelgaarn
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