Advanced Diploma in Intermediate Phase Natural Science and Technology Education at UNISA

The Advanced Diploma in Education (ADE) is a NQF level 7 qualification designed and developed to fulfill a recognized need of providing a well-rounded, broad education that equips in-service teachers with the subject content knowledge base, pedagogical theory, and methodology that will enable them to demonstrate.

The term ‘natural sciences’ would thus denote the sciences concerned. directly with nature, whereas technology – in accordance with the Greek. techne1 – would have to do with objects produced artificially by man.

Qualification code:90162
NQF level:7
Total credits:120
SAQA ID:109943
Maximum time to complete this qualification: 3 years

Qualification admission requirements

Your admission to Unisa is dependent on you meeting the specific admission requirements for your chosen qualification.

A four-year Bachelor of Education degree (specializing in the related school teaching subject field),
a diploma in the related field, plus a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, or a Higher Diploma in Education,
an Advanced Certificate in Education or a Further Diploma in Education that follows a professional teaching qualification, or a four-year Higher Diploma in Education (in the related school teaching subject field).
Applicants who do not comply with the above requirements should consider applying for a lower level qualification for which they meet the statutory and additional requirements.

Student fees and funding your studies

Application fee

Pay the application fee once you’ve received your student number:

R120 for online applications

Use the student number you receive from Unisa AND the application fee reference number (ie STUDENT NUMBER 5370810030)

Send the proof of payment to

Visit for banking details and payment information.

Please note that this application fee is non-refundable even if you decide not to study through Unisa, do not qualify for admission to Unisa, or cannot be offered a space due to limited spaces available.

Student fees

Click here to find out more about Unisa’s student fees, and the bursaries and loans for Unisa students.

Apply for admission

Applications for admission to Unisa’s undergraduate qualifications (higher certificates, advanced certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas & degrees) will be open from 11 August to 15 October 2022.

Please take note of the following:

All applications for admission must be submitted online. No self-help stations will be available for applications.

Admission to a qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with the admission requirements and if space is available.

Additional support for this qualification via TVET colleges

Unisa has an agreement with various Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges to offer classes in a selected number of qualifications. These classes have proved to generally improve the throughput rate of students who enroll for them.

Take note of the following:

Make sure that your TVET college of choice offers support in your qualification. 

Apply for admission during Unisa’s application period via your TVET college or via Unisa.


Unisa will send the necessary information about registration dates and the registration process to all successful applicants who have confirmed their acceptance of Unisa’s offer. Visit for registration information.

What is the purpose of natural science and technology education?

The purpose of learning natural science is to do the following: develop scientific knowledge and understanding; develop science process skills; and develop an understanding of the roles of science in society.