IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Law

Introduction to IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Law

The IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Law (B Com (Law)) degree provides candidates with a general grounding in the key disciplines of law, business management, economics, and finance, to enable them to enter into a career in business which requires a good grounding in law, or alternatively follow a career in law, but with a sound foundation in commerce.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE’s Bachelor of Commerce degree in Law is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 376-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 93729).

Who is the Bachelor’s degree aimed at?

This Bachelor of Commerce in Law (B Com (Law)) degree is aimed at students who are keen to study a broad-based commerce degree along with the opportunity to specialise in law and/or business management.

This degree will appeal to you if the world of business and law hold your interest.

What entry requirements will I need to study this Bachelor’s degree?

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission- A minimum of 50 % for English coupled with a minimum of 50% for 3 x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes Life Orientation which is a 10 credit subject.; OR
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation , with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects is required; OR
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) or equivalent with a minimum of 50% in English; OR
  • Alternatively a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate or 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

If a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate or 240 or 360 credit Diploma is not in a cognate field, then at least 20 % of the credits of such qualification must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to degree studies. Such applications will be reviewed by the relevant HoF at The IIE CAT in collaboration with the Registrar.

If you are an international student, you must ensure that:

  • you have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned with a minimum of 50% in English;
  • your equivalent qualification is evaluated by Universities South Africa;
  • you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The IIE that covers the duration of your studies.

If you have not met these minimum entry requirements but have a NSC with higher certificate or diploma entry into higher education, you may wish to consider registering for The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies (HCLS) first as a pathway to this degree.

Other considerations
Mature Age Exemption:

  • 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.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Candidates can demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if applicable).

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of printing, however, these may change. At the time of registration, please check that the entry requirements have not changed.

National Benchmarking Tests

All applicants wishing to study an IIE undergraduate degree on a full-time basis including international students, are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT) Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL).

The applicant is exempt from writing the NBT AQL test if he/she:

  • is 23 years old or turns 23 during the first year of registration
  • has successfully completed a higher certificate (or equivalent), an advanced certificate or diploma.
  • has previously been admitted to degree studies elsewhere (proof must be supplied)
  • is admitted on the basis of mature age.

For applicants wishing to enrol on a distance programme, the writing of the NBT AQL test is recommended but not compulsory.

Please note an applicant's Academic Literacy (AL) score of the NBT AQL test is used for placement in student support programmes and does not replace the admission requirements for a specific degree programme. Applicants may, on provision of an AL score of the NBT AQL test of 64 or above, be exempted from one or both Academic Literacy short learning programmes (SLPs), namely Introduction to Scholarship A (ITSA010) and Introduction to Scholarship B (ITSB1010), if and only if these are not credit bearing modules in the qualification. Applicants who achieve an AL score of the NBT AQL test lower than 64 are required to register for and successfully complete the ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs.

Applicants who do not write the NBT AQL test prior to registration, will automatically be registered for the ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs whether or not they are credit bearing modules in the qualification.

Furthermore, students who are completing the ITSA1010 and ITSB101 SLPs as a result of the lower than 64 AL score or who did not provide an AL score, will be required to successfully complete the SLPs before their third year as they are a pre-requisite for entrance onto third year studies. Students enrolled on a distance programme will have access to ITSA010 and ITSB010 SLPs, but it would not be a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules.

Where ITSA (ITS5111) is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of one or both (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Bachelor’s degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme; and have met all the Work Integrated Learning requirements, where applicable.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce in Law degree conferred by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE).

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor’s degree?

This degree will open up an attractive range of career options; this degree is an ideal stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of business related career opportunities. These opportunities include, but are not limited to becoming a:

  • legal advisor
  • corporate (legal) advisor
  • company secretary
  • person responsible for corporate governance at a particular business enterprise
  • business strategy planner

Would it be possible to study further to obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE B Com (Law) degree?

The IIE B Com (Law) degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7 - the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees at South African universities. The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or honours degree at any South African university exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements.

After my degree, how can I study further?

One of the attractions of The IIE B Com (Law) degree is the prospect of combining this degree with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree – a combination that we know is sought after in the marketplace and highly attractive to potential employers.

The IIE B Com (Law) degree lends itself to articulation into LLB degree, and it is designed with that possibility in mind.

How do I find out more about these further study opportunities?After my degree, how can I study further?

As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you to explore the possible postgraduate study options that align to your chosen career area. Each year we also provide our students with a postgraduate information pack. It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

How is this Bachelor’s degree structured at Varsity College?

The IIE B Com (Law) degree is a three year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday.

In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own study plan as well as research and work on assignments. Learning material is of the highest quality and offers students a blended learning experience where the face-to-face teaching sessions are supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content/study material, relevant current textbooks and assessments.

To gain the most from the blended learning experience and VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) mobile device – netbook, laptop or tablet – to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the duration of this qualification.

The curriculum below is correct at the time of print. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is annually reviewed thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.

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