Burning Questions: Bachelor of Arts Edition

Burning Questions: Bachelor of Arts Edition

If you’ve ever considered studying a Bachelor of Arts Degree, the chances are, you’ve had a few questions. At The IIE’s Varsity College we’re big on keeping you in the know. It’s why we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions when it comes to the ever-popular BA Degree.


What is a Bachelor of Arts Degree?

This is an undergraduate degree that is rather broad in scope. This will allow you to work in several areas once you have graduated. With a BA degree, you’ll need to choose a specialisation or area of interest. At The IIE’s Varsity College, the IIE Bachelor Of Arts Core Disciplines (Specialisations) include:

  • English and Communication Science
  • English and Psychology
  • Communication Science and Psychology

The IIE BA degree aims to give you a solid foundation. Our new world thinking approach to academics will impart skills such as problem solving and critical thinking, that are essential if you want to thrive in the new world of work.


How long will it take me to get my BA?

The IIE Bachelor of Arts degree is offered via full-time and part-time distance (online). What you select will depend on your schedule and existing commitments. If you decide to study this programme full-time, you are in for a minimum of three years. On the part-time distance (online) side of things, you will take a minimum of four years. Part-time will allow you to work and study at the same time, which could prove beneficial for some.


What subjects do you need to study a BA degree?

To pursue this programme, you’ll need a National Senior Certificate (a matric) with a Bachelors pass or matric exemption. This will allow you to meet the entrance criteria to study this degree.


Which BA Core Discipline (Major) should I choose?

The short answer is: that’s up to you. All of IIE BA Core Disciplines are worthwhile choices but you need to look at which avenue you’d like to venture down. For those who want to do something with writing and language, English and Communications would be the ideal choice. This is because it encompasses everything you would need to make a career for yourself in fields that use these disciplines. Those who might want to go into counselling or become psychologists would of course consider Psychology and Communications. The combination you select must suit your interests and future goals. If you feel a little confused, why not book an appointment with a Student Advisor? They’d be more than happy to sit down and chat with you.


What can you do with a degree like this one?

Just like a Bachelor of Commerce, your career choices are fairly broad. This is great as you’ll be able to change industries should you wish to later on. If you graduate with a BA, you will be able to work in the following fields:

  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Non-profits
  • Arts and Culture
  • Teaching (with additional studies)
  • Psychology


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Varsity College is a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)