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Postgraduate Diploma in Distance Higher Education - E-learning



On completion of the PGDip (Distance Higher Education) the graduate will demonstrate an understanding of the theories, pedagogies, methodologies, technologies and practices relevant to the field of distance higher education in the form of e-learning and be able to apply his/her knowledge in a particular distance education context.

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Who Should Enrol

This qualification is aimed at lecturers at higher education institutions with an interest in embracing e-learning.

Admission Requirements

To enrol for this programme, potential students must possess:

  • An appropriate Bachelor’s Degree on NQF exit level 7 or
  • An Advanced Diploma on NQF exit level 7
  • Appropriate working experience related to higher education, distance higher education or post-secondary technical and vocational education and training, which will be regarded as important determinants

Course Content

Students need to complete four compulsory modules and three elective modules.

Compulsory Modules:

  • Introduction and field: Distance Higher Education
  • Online Teaching and Learning (Pedagogy)
  • Online Teaching and Learning (Technology)
  • Assessment in Higher Education

Elective Modules:

  • Curriculum/Programme Design
  • Module/Learning Unit Design
  • Higher Education Leadership and Management
  • Higher Education Policy and Regulatory Framework
  • Research in Higher Education – Educational Research
  • Higher Education Service Learning (Community engagement/Community based learning
  • Quality Enhancement in Higher Education

Exit Level Outcomes

On achieving this qualification, a learner will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of and engagement in the field of distance education theory and practice
  • demonstrate knowledge of and engagement in higher education assessment theory and practice and will be able to use the knowledge in the context of distance higher education
  • demonstrate an understanding of the selection and application of standard procedures, processes and approaches in higher education programme/curriculum design and/or module/learning unit design with specific reference to application in the distance education context
  • demonstrate the ability to identify, analyse and address complex problems and challenges in distance higher education by drawing systematically and critically on the body of knowledge pertaining to the fields of higher education
  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate and reflect on current thinking, practices and research in distance higher education and education in general.


To successfully complete and meet the requirements of the programme, participants must pass various formative and summative assessment tasks for each of the modules.


The successful candidate will be awarded with a Postgraduate Diploma in Distance Higher Education (NQF Level 8).

Duration and Format

Postgraduate Diploma in Distance Higher Education is offered as an e-learning qualification. The minimum period for completion is 12 months and the maximum period is 24 months.


SAQA number 109941, NQF Level 8, 120 Credits.

  • Council on Higher Education accredited


R 29 900.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and taxes where applicable).
Please note that there is a R300 application fee.