IIE Bachelor of Arts in Law

Please note, not all programmes are available on all IIE Varsity College campuses. To find out if your programme of interest is available, contact the campus directly.

Course Information
  • Course: Degree
  • Mode: Full Time (Minimum 3 Years)
  • NQF Level: 7
  • Credits: 360
  • SAQA ID: 105123
  • 2024 Fees: Click to view

The IIE BA in Law facilitates access to a broad range of specialised law-related careers in the media, in journalism, in psychology (criminology) and in the communications sciences. This qualification also provides entry into a variety of post-graduate qualifications, including the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.

Minimum Admission
English Notes
NSC: Bachelor
pass with
NC (V):
Bachelor pass
SC(a): Bachelor
pass with
An USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies with 60% or equivalent
for English.
A cognate Higher Certificate or 240 credit Diploma OR
an Advanced Certificate or 360 credit Diploma may
satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree
If discipline not cognate at least
20% of credits must be academic
literacy or numeracy related.
Alternate Admission:
(Should additional
requirements not be
met at NSC Grade 12,
then, in some
instances, entrance
may be granted based
on Grade 11 marks)
  NSC Notes
English 50-
If 60% min in Grade 11 result was achieved.

Should the English requirement not be met at NSC Grade 12, then entrance may be granted if the English requirement is met based on the Grade 11 final mark
Senate Discretionary Admissions:
Mature Age
Candidates having attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration
with a Senior Certificate with a minimum of 40% in at least four higher or standard grade
subjects, at least three of which shall have been passed simultaneously and one of which
shall be a recognised higher-grade subject; OR Candidates must have attained the age of
45 before or during the first year of registration.

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required.
Senate Discretionary Mature Age Admission for students with a Senior Certificate with endorsement Candidates 23 years and older at point of registration, with an endorsed Senior Certificate can be accepted on a senate discretionary mature age admission if they do not meet the additional admission requirements. Their academic progress will be tracked and reported at Senate. An USAf Exemption Certificate is not required.
Recognition of Prior
Learning (RPL)
Where candidates do not satisfy the formal admission requirements for this qualification, The IIE may consider an admission application in terms of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning and Qualification Completion Policy (IIE010).
USAf approved
cognate foundation
Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a registered and accredited provider may be admitted. The additional English criteria falls away. An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.
Transfer students Candidates who have successfully completed at least 120 credits on the first year of a cognate degree may be admitted. However, if a student completed less than 120 credits, the admission criteria on the NSC or equivalent apply.
OQSF qualifications Candidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may be admitted, provided the OQSF qualification has at least 120 credits at NQF Level 5. An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts in Law degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 360-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 105123)

Careers include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal advisors (private/public sector, and specialising in media-related law).
  • Paralegals (specialising in communications or media-related legal matters such as copyright).
  • Legal office personnel.
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) practitioners.
  • Mediators (commercial, divorce or family law).
  • Corporate communications practitioners.
  • Legal researchers.
  • Court reporters.
  • Legal writers, online content managers, editors and publishers.
  • Criminologists.

At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

Due to the VCBlend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the three years of this qualification.

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts in Law degree has been developed in line with the vision and mission of the institution as a career focused qualification. Consequently, the outcomes of this Degree will ensure that graduates have the knowledge base, theoretical depth, and understanding of methodologies and applied skills relevant to the world of work, as the basis for further study and ongoing lifelong professional development. Hence, the qualification will facilitate entry into a variety of Postgraduate qualifications including articulation into the IIE Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB), as well as a pathway into a range of careers and vocations requiring the application of Law and practical legal skills in the context of the specialisations offered.

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer.

The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.