School of Education

Advanced Diploma Technical and Vocational Teaching [AdvDip (TVT)]

The Advanced Diploma in Technical and Vocational Teaching [AdvDip (TVT)] programme is a 128-credit, NQF level 7 qualification. The AdvDip (TVT) serves as both an initial TVET lecturer qualification as well as an in-service TVET lecturer qualification. The programme is designed to ensure that students become effective lecturers and critically engage with TVET as it relates to broader social issues within the African context. The AdvDip (TVT) offers a socially and contextually relevant curriculum that considers the realities (historical and current) of the South African technical and vocational educational sector.

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirement is an appropriate NQF Level 6 or NQF Level 7 qualification. At NQF Level 6, the following qualifications will be considered for entry into the AdvDip TVT:

  • an undergraduate Diploma (NQF level 6, 360 credits);
  • and a National N Diploma (NQF level 6, 360 credits)

At NQF Level 7, the following qualifications will be considered for entry into the AdvDip TVT

  •  an undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree;
  • a Bachelor of Technology;
  • and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

In addition, the entry qualification must include appropriate and sufficient disciplinary subject knowledge to teach a technical or vocational subject or skill as taught in institutions offering technical and vocational education and training (TVET) programmes. The disciplinary subject knowledge must have been studied at the exit level of the entry qualification. The entry qualification should include at least 30 credits of disciplinary knowledge at NQF level 6. Where disciplinary subject knowledge is insufficient, additional learning courses may be required before the qualification can be awarded.

On entry to the programme, students will be assessed (using benchmark tests) on their ability to demonstrate adequate proficiency in academic literacies: Language of Learning and Teaching (LOLT); conversational proficiency in an official African language; numeracy skills and basic ICT skills). If the student needs to gain proficiency in the literacies stated above, they must enrol for additional modules to develop them. Credits from these academic literacy modules do not form part of the 128 credits for this qualification.

Mode of delivery

The AdvDip (TVT) will use a blended mode of delivery; teaching and learning will be offered through a combination of face-to-face lectures and an e-learning component (online learning activities and digital content).

Face-to-face lectures will be held in block sessions or over weekends at UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus during the TVET college vacation period or selected weekends during the TVET college term. Face-to-face lectures will use various teaching methods, including whole class discussions, group discussions, role play, presentations, debates, and the creation of posters.

The online/e-learning component will be offered via Moodle, offering high and low data usage options. The online component will be designed to encourage interactivity and active participation (including, for example, interactive learning activities such as quizzes, True/False, fill-in-the-blanks, and matching exercises). The online component could also include video lectures, podcasts, YouTube video clips, discussion forums where students post answers to questions, and case studies. However, low-tech, low-data components will be emphasised to ensure no student is disadvantaged.

Programme structure

The AdvDip (TVT) programme consists of 128 credits (NQF level 7) offered part-time over two years. Part-time students are required to complete four modules in year one and four modules in year 2.

This AdvDip (TVT) programme is made up of 8 modules, five core (which are compulsory for all students) and three electives (Specialisations)

AD TVT programme orientation video

Programme structure

Tuition Costs

The tuition fees are R21 000.00 per year (Total R42 000.00), excluding travel, catering, and sundries.

Please refer to the link below to apply:

Application fees are as follows:

  • Local students R210
  • SADC: R490
  • Contries outside South Africa: $153

For more info contact

Thobekile Masondo (administrator)

033 260 5970

Zolile Zungu (Programme Manager)

033 260 6454 /0814094844