The phasing out of the Diploma qualification will follow the rules and regulations of the University of Johannesburg. According to the institutional rules and regulations, it allows for a minimum of three years for one to complete the Diploma after registration, and a maximum of five years. That means, for example, the students who registered in 2016 will have until 2020 to complete their Diploma.
Our application to start the four year Bachelor degree at our Institution was approved by HPCSA, CHE, and DHET for implementation in 2017. As was stipulated by the Department of Higher Education and Training the last date for first time entering students enrolling in academic programmes that are not aligned with the Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework was 31st of December 2019. These qualifications include B Tech Environmental Health, M Tech Environmental Health and D Tech Environmental Health.
Aspects that have been taken into consideration in preparation for the B-Degree programme and phasing out of the old qualifications included developing an appropriate strategy for teaching, learning and assessment (TLA) in line with the following:
- Budget for 2016 – 2022;
- Module allocation for lecturers;
- Service departments to be informed on time of changes;
- WIL implementation;
The new professional Bachelor’s Degree programme will be offered while the current N. Diploma and B Tech programmes are being phased out. The generic Master Degree in Health Sciences (Environmental Health) will replace the Masters in Technology programme and the generic PhD in Health Sciences (Environmental Health) will replace the Doctor of Technology degree. The latter changes will be implemented to align with the HEQF landscape.
Take special note of the table below which indictes when each phasing out qualification should be completed.