IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies
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: Higher Certificate
- Mode: Full Time (Minimum 1 Year)
- NQF Level: 5
- Credits: 120
- SAQA ID: 94696
- 2024 Fees: Click to view
For those with the skills, drive and initiative, the legal work environment is a place of great opportunity and reward. This higher certificate develops and provides students with a broad range of foundational legal skills including communication, various aspects of South African law and legal office management.
The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is a one-year programme and consists of 8 modules at 15 credits each. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures from Monday to Friday. The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is run over two semesters, with final exams being written at the end of each semester. In addition to attending lectures you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research and working on assignments.
|NSC: HC pass with||40%|
|NC(V): HC pass||40%|
|SC: Endorsement - none with||40%|
|SC(a): HC pass with||40%|
A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC Level 4 equivalence with at least 40% or equivalent for English.
|Mature Age Exemption||Candidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate or equivalent, attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with three years’ work experience and proven ability relating to the proposed programme as well as adequate communication skills; OR Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.|
|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)|
|General Education Development (GED) - An USA qualification developed by the American Council on Education (ACE).||Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have a SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence, a minimum score of 165 out of 200 for Reasoning through Language Arts and a minimum of 145 out of 200 for each of the other GED subjects (Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies and Science).|
|OQSF Qualifications||Candidates with an OQSF Level 5 or N4-N6 qualifications or combination of N3 and SC subjects may be admitted to Higher Certificate Studies, provided that English has been passed at 40%.|
The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 120-credit qualification on level 5 (SAQA ID: 94696).
- Attorney’s assistant
- Legal secretary
- Paralegal assistant
- General law-office assistant
- Front office manager of a legal firm
- Legal research assistant
- Clerk in the Magistrate’s Court
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 duration 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 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.