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Education & Teaching Bursaries 2022


Education & Teaching Bursaries 2021/2022

Teachers are arguably the most important members of our society. They give children purpose, set them up for success as citizens of our world, and inspire in them a drive to do well and succeed in life.

Primarily, teachers impart knowledge to their students to help them learn new things about a specific group of subjects. They find new ways of supporting their students’ learning styles and are mindful that students, especially young people, will learn at a different pace and speed to their peers.

On this page, we have compiled a list of bursaries available for teachers. kindly browse through to access and get information on the bursary you may be interested in.


Types of Teaching Qualifications in South Africa

Teaching Degree: this includes a 4 year bachelor’s degree/ 2 year postgraduate honours master’s degree/ doctoral. Degree studies are generally undertaken at University and require that students achieve a bachelors pass on their Matric NSC certificate.
A Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree can be split into Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase and Senior Phase

Teaching Diploma: generally studies are undertaken at a technical or vocational school and takes around 18 months to complete. This qualification usually enables you to specialize in a specific field of teaching.

Types of Educational Phases one may choose from

Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3) – while not as academic as the other 2 phases, this phase requires more hands on practical teaching. Best suited for those who enjoy teaching young kids and toddlers the basic fundamental learning techniques, ethics and manners.

Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to Grade 6) – this phase entails less practical training than the Foundation Phase, although some level of practical training is still required. Academic and technical skills are the core focus, and students will select their subjects (Mathematics, English, Science, History etc).

Senior and Further Education and Training Phase (Grade 7 to Grade 12) – this is the most academic and technical intensive phase, as well as a certain level of practical work. Teachers in this phase will be required to specialise in their chosen subject and must be able to interpret their raw knowledge into practical teaching.


How much do Teachers earn?

The average annual salary for a primary school teacher is around R167 000 (ranging between R105 000 and R240 00), while the average annual salary for a high school teacher is around R190 000 (ranging between R135 000 and R290 00).

Who Qualifies for Teaching bursary?

While bursaries are usually awarded to students who demonstrate great academic potential, financial need is generally also an important factor when funding is granted. A few other criteria which may result in your bursary application being successful includes:

  • You must be a South African citizen (or a permanent resident for certain bursary awards)
  • You must show a love for teaching and working with children
  • You must be in your final year of school (Matric) or you must have completed Matric
  • You must have applied or have been accepted to study at a recognised tertiary institute in the country
  • You must have a good academic record
  • Preference is usually given to learners from previously disadvantaged backgrounds


Where to gain Teaching qualification in South Africa?
Undergraduate Teaching degrees are offered by most major Universities, including:
– University of the Western Cape
– University of Cape Town
– Stellenbosch University
– University of Johannesburg
– University of the Witwatersrand
– University of Pretoria
– University of KwaZulu-Natal
– Nelson Mandela University
– Walter Sisulu University
– North-West University
– Rhodes University
– University of South Africa

Private/ Public institutions that offer Teaching qualifications:
– Rosebank College
– Lyceum College
– Varsity College
– Vaal University of Technology
– Cape Peninsula University of Technology
– Central University of Technology
– Embury Institute for Higher Education


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