Starting from the first programme that the IDE offered, i.e. the Diploma in Law, the Institute has continued to add new programmes and courses. We now offer 4 different degree programmes.
The entrance requirements shall be the requirements stipulated in the Special Regulation.
a) SGCSE/IGCSE Admission and GCE O’Level Admission
The normal entrance requirement to Bachelor’s Degree programme shall be a minimum of six (6) subject passes (at E grade or better) which must include a credit pass (C) or better in English Language, Mathematics/Additional Mathematics and TWO subjects drawn from Science and Business subjects and any other subject.
Academic General Regulations
An applicant who intends to study for a B.Sc. IT degree must have completed a Diploma in IT, Computer Science or Commerce from a recognized institution. Senate shall determine the level of entry and subjects to be taken.
(b) Other Admissions
An applicant who has a Bachelor degree in Information Science, Library Management, Business Management, IT related degree from UNESWA or any recognized institution may be admitted to Level 2 this programme. The Senate shall determine the level of entry and courses to be taken.
The normal duration of the programme shall be 8 semesters (four years).
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Bachelor of science -information technology
The Bachelor of Science – Information Technology is designed to make study attractive and engaging to students while producing graduates well equipped with necessary skills to meet the needs of industry.
bachelor of arts -HUMANITIES
Normally, the B.A Humanities Degree programme shall consist of two subject majors chosen from the following: English Language and Literature; African Languages and Literature; History; and Theology and Religious Studies. More Information
- In addition to the requirements stipulated in the Academic General Regulations, an applicant intending to enter B.A-Humanities Degree must have a C grade or better in any two of the following subjects: English Literature History Religious Knowledge Geography Siswati or any other Language
- An applicant who wishes to take Geography, Environmental Science & Planning should also have a C grade or better in Mathematics (currently not offered).
In level one all BA in Humanities students do Academic and Communication Skills, a Computer Foundation course and an HIV Prevention, Infection and Management of AIDS course.
In addition to the two compulsory courses, B. A. Humanities students are required to choose three subjects from a range of four subjects. These are African Languages and Literature, English Language and Literature, History and Theology and Religious Studies.
Students shall choose two subject majors from the following departments:
- Department of Academic Communication Skills
- Department of African Languages & Literature
- Department of English Language and Literature
- Department of History
- Department of Theology and Religious Studies
B.Ed Entrance Requirements
- SGCSE/IGCSE candidates – A minimum of six passes in SGCSE/IGCSE, which must include passes at C grade or better in five subjects including English, and a pass in any other subject
- A minimum of six passes in the G.C.E. O’ Level, which must include passes at C grade or better in five subjects including English, and a pass in any other subject.
- A recognised equivalent qualification
- Mature Age Entry Admission
Students choose a B.Ed Programme from the following departments:
- Department of Adult Education
- Department of Curriculum and Teaching (with specialisation in two teaching subjects)
- Department of Educational Foundations and Management
- Department of Primary Education
bachelor of education
The programme has four fields of study: Bachelor of Education – Secondary Education; Bachelor of Education – Primary Education; Bachelor of Education – Adult Education and the Post Graduate Certificate in Education. The bachelor’s degree is a four-year programme while the PGCE is a 1 year programme.
bachelor of law
The entrance requirements are a minimum of six (6) subject passes (at E grade or better) in the Swaziland General Certificate of Secondary Education (SGCSE) / International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), which must include C grades or better in English Language and at least four other subjects; OR a Bachelor of Arts in Law degree; OR a Diploma in Law, OR entrance through the Mature Age Entry Programme (see Academic General Regulation 014.33 and Special Regulation 710).
The normal duration of the LLB programme is five years (10 semesters). During the first three years of the programme students undertake an intensive theoretical study of the law before embarking on the final two years of the programme which have a dose of practical work both in the classroom and in the field. Practical work done in the 4th and 5th years of the programme which aims at imparting legal skills in research, drafting and advocacy, includes moot court, mock trial, trial practice and clinical law cases. Students are also required to write a legal research paper in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree programme.
- SGCSE/IGCSE candidates – A minimum of six passes in SGCSE/IGCSE, which must include passes at C grade of better in English, and Mathematics plus a credit in a minimum of two subjects;
- A minimum of six passes in the G.C.E. O’Level, which must include passes at C grade or better in English Language and Mathematics plus a credit in a minimum of two subjects;
- A recognised equivalent qualification
- Mature Age Entry Admission
(a) All students are expected to take and pass ACS102: Academic Communication Skills: English for Academic Purposes, ACS103: Academic Communication Studies: English for Specific Purposes, HSC113: HIV Prevention, Infection & Management of AIDS and BA112: Introduction to Business Computing.
(b) A student who has taken and passed Business Computing (BA 112) course from the Faculty of Commerce shall be exempted from taking Computer Foundation.
(c) A student who has taken and passed a Computer Foundation course from other faculties shall not be exempted from taking BA112.
The duration of the Institute of Distance Education Degree in Commerce programme shall be six Years of study. During the first three years, students take common courses then in the final three years they specialise in one of the three available streams
- Accounting and Finance
bachelor of commerce
- Accounting & Finance
The Institute of Distance Education provides equal opportunities for all students and specialised assistance to students all throughout the study process. We offer Diploma programmes for students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to degree programmes. More will be introduced, but for now we have the Diploma in Law.
diploma in law
The Diploma in Law programme is a 3-year programme spread over six semesters. his programme serves both as a “gateway” to the LLB degree programme for those who do not meet the direct-entry requirements; as well as a “resting point” to those who cannot run the LLB “marathon” without taking a break.
Transfer to the Degree Programme
- A student who obtains a pass with Credit, with an overall average mark of 65 or better, may transfer to the Law Degree Programme.
- A student who has been recommended for transfer in accordance with the preceding regulation shall enter the second year of the Law Degree Programme and shall not be exempted from any course in that year or any subsequent years.
- A student so transferred may be required by the Department of Law to take another course or courses which may be prescribed for him/her.
- A student who has been recommended for transfer to the Law Degree Programme in accordance with regulation 9.5.1 shall take up the offer within two years of passing the Diploma in Law; where such student fails to take up the offer within such period, the offer shall lapse and shall be of no effect.
The entrance requirements are a minimum of six (6) subject passes (at E grade or better) in the Swaziland General Certificate of Secondary Education (SGCSE) / International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), which must include C grades or better in English Language and at least three other subjects; OR A Certificate in Law, OR entrance through the Mature Age Entry Programme (see Academic General Regulation 014.32 and Special Regulation 704).
Semester 1 Courses
|IDE-ACS-102 IDE-DL011 IDE-DL012 IDE-DL013 IDE-CFC100||Communication Skills Legal Systems and Methods Swazi Law and Custom Criminal Law Computer Foundation Course|
Semester 2 Courses
|IDE-ACS-103 IDE-DL014 IDE-DL015 IDE-HSC-113||Communication Skills Criminal Procedure Introduction to Sociology HIV Prevention, Infection and Management of AIDS|
Semester 3 Courses
|IDE-DL022 IDE-DL023 IDE-DL024 IDE-DL027||Criminal Law Law of Contract Principles of Criminology Constitutional Law I|
Semester 4 Courses
|IDE-DL025 IDE-DL026 IDE-DL028||Law of Delict Introduction to Political Science Constitutional Law II|
Semester 5 Courses
|IDE-DL032 IDE-DL039 IDE-DL041||Civil Procedure Law of Evidence I Administrative Law I|
Semester 6 Courses
|IDE-DL040 IDE-DL042||Law of Evidence II Administrative Law II|
|IDE-DL034 IDE-DL035 IDE-DL036 IDE-DL037 IDE-DL038||Introduction to Labour Law Introduction to Insurance Law Introduction to Family Law Introduction to Forensic Medicine Introduction to Tax Law|
post graduate certificate in education
This certificate programme can take a minimum of one year of study.
POST GRADUATE Certificate in EDUCATION
PGCE is offered to degree holders who want to further their studies to enhance their teaching career. The applicants must have at least a GPA of 2.0 in the teaching subjects: Accounting, African Languages, Business Studies, Commerce, Computer Science, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics and Religious Education.
PGCE Entrance Requirements
- In addition to the requirements stipulated in the Academic General
Regulations the following entrance requirements shall apply:
An applicant to the Post Graduate Certificate in Education shall be
required to have at least a Bachelor’s Degree (including the Bachelor of
Engineering) from UNESWA or any recognised institution. The applicant
must also have an average GPA of 2.0 (D grade) or better in at least one
subject to make up his or her teaching subject(s)
- The teaching subjects are:
- African Languages
- Business Studies
- Religious Education
- Computer Science
The PGCE programme is offered in three specialisations as follows:
- Business Education
- Humanities Education
- Science Education
Certificate programmes are programmes a student can take in a minimum of two years of study.
Certificate in french & in portuguese
Why study Portuguese
- Portuguese is the 4th most spoken language in the world. More than 240 million people speak Portuguese as their mother tongue.
- It is a native language in emerging economies like Brazil or Angola. Learning Portuguese is an excellent career option!
- The Lusophone countries are wonderful tourism destinations. So, why not visit them?
- Through language, you can have direct contact with the amazingly welcoming Lusophone cultures and peoples.
- Increase your language skills and your ability to speak other languages by learning Portuguese.
- Improve your CV by adding a language.
Why study French
- More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. In many places, French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English.
- An ability to speak French is an advantage on the international job market.
- French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture.
- Discover new countries: French comes in handy when travelling to/within Africa and other places.
- Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned universities.
- French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.
- French is a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love.
The minimum requirements for entrance to either of these 2-year Certificate in French and the Certificate in Portuguese programmes is the Junior Certificate or a recognised equivalent qualification (Regulation 700.11 and 701.11, UNESWA Calendar 2017/2018).
An applicant who has passed a minimum of three SGCSE/IGCSE subjects or three GCE O’Level subjects, including Portuguese (for the Certificate in Portuguese) or French (for the Certificate in French) may be admitted directly to year two of the programme.
To earn your Certificate in French or Portuguese you must pass a total of 18 modules. The modules are delivered through a mixed-mode approach: limited face-to-face and online lectures and tutorials, CDs, combined with independent study. The modules are:
- Computer Foundations Course
- HIV Prevention, Infection and Management of AIDS
- Academic Communication Skills
- Language and Linguistics I, II, III and IV
- Conversational Skills I, II, III and IV
- Comprehension and Literature I, II, III and IV
- Composition I, II, III and IV
Certificate in psychosocial support
The Certificate in Psychosocial Support shall be studied as a supported open and distance learning programme over a minimum period of two years. The course programme consists of ten modules.
AWARD OF CERTIFICATE
- The Certificate shall be awarded to any student who obtains a Pass mark in all modules.
CLASSIFICATION OF THE CERTIFICATE
- Classification of the Certificate in Community Work with Children and Youth shall be in accordance with the General Regulations (030.82) governing classification of Certificates.
- The classification shall be based on an overall average mark calculated from the average of marks obtained in each of the eight modules.
The minimum requirements for entrance to this 2-year Certificate in Psychosocial Support programme is the Junior Certificate or a recognised equivalent qualification (Regulation 700.11 and 701.11, UNESWA Calendar 2017/2018).
Preference will be given to applicants who are working with children and youth and have a letter of recommendation from an employer or designated/ recognized authority.
The Certificate in Psychosocial Support shall be studied as a supported open and distance learning programme over a minimum period of two years.
The course programme consists of the following ten modules:
CAE 117 Professional English I
CSS100 Introduction to Computing for Social Science
CPS102 Self-Management and Development
CAE118 Professional English II
HSC113 HIV Prevention, Infection and Management of AIDS
CPS104 Human Rights and Child Protection
CPS 201 Child and Youth Development
CPS202 Care and Support of Children at Risk
CPS204 Capstone: Service Learning Placement
CPS203 Integrated Development in Communities
DAE212 Programme Planning and Management
All course modules are compulsory and must be passed with at least 50%.
A student who has done and passed ACS with UNISWA may be exempted from doing the Professional English Courses, i.e. CAE117 and CAE118.
A student who has done and passed CFCH100 and/or HSC113 with UNISWA may be exempted from doing this course(s) in the Certificate in Psychosocial Support.
- Students will be required to complete five weeks of supervised placement in an organisation that deals with children during the fourth semester of the certificate programme.
- If service placement is interrupted for medical reasons, the Institute of Distance Education must be informed without delay, in writing and supporting documents must be submitted in order for the Institute to make a recommendation to Senate.
- A student who is prevented by official circumstances from going on Service Learning Placement, which must be supported by evidence, shall apply in writing for permission to defer Service Learning Placement, giving details in order for the Institute to make recommendations to Senate.
- The senate upon receiving recommendations regarding 8.2 and 8.3 above may grant permission to defer the Service Learning Placement. Otherwise no student shall stay away from Service Learning Placement without Senate’s written approval.
- The Pass Mark for supervised Service Learning Placement shall be 50% or better.
- A student who fails to obtain 50% or better in the Service Learning Placement shall be required to repeat the Service Learning Placement of the same duration during the following academic year.
- A Student who fails to obtain 50% or better on repeating the Service Learning Placement twice shall be discontinued from the programme.
Prof. C. Esampally
Kingdom of Eswatini
Students Enrolled in IDE
Class of 2019
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