IIE Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication

​The Independent Institute of Education (IIE) Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication (BA Corp Comm) degree offers students a quality learning experience in the contemporary, interesting and stimulating communication field. Corporate communication is the key method employed by organisations to align their strategies internally and externally to achieve business excellence. Corporate communication includes all the processes of facilitating information and knowledge exchanges with and between internal and key external stakeholders and individuals that have a direct relationship with the organisation. By providing you with a thorough grounding in the key disciplines of communication science, corporate communication and business management, this degree will equip you with solid theoretical knowledge backed with strong problem solving, critical thinking and strategic skills linked to communication at both an individual and societal level in a socially responsible and creative way.

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

Minimum Admission Requirements



Math Lit/SG


Life Orientation


NSC: Bachelor pass with


NC(V): Bachelor pass


60% or



with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational



Endorsement with


SC(a): Bachelor

pass with




A USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies is required with a minimum of 50% or equivalent for English.

Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum

admission requirements to degree studies.

Other Qualifications

If discipline not cognate at least 20% of credits must be academic literacy or numeracy related.

Alternate Admission: (Should additional entrance requirements not be met at NSC Grade 12 , then, in some instances, entrance may be

granted based on Grade 11 marks)





If 50% min in Grade 11 was achieved.

Senate Discretionary Admissions

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.

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Candidates must 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).

School of Tomorrow (SOT) (last date of achievement 30 June 2019)

Candidates who have successfully completed an SOT qualification may be conditionally admitted directly into the 1st year of the degree, provided that they have:

  1. submitted their SOT certificate along with a statement of results and have achieved at least 50 % in 4 recognised 20‐credit NSC subjects with 50% in

English - using the SOT National Conversion Table;

  1. achieved the following for the National Benchmark Tests (NBT)‐ AQL:

− Academic Literacy (AL) score of at least 51 AND a Quantitative Literacy (QL) score of at least 38

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's Bachelor of Commerce 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) as a 366-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 84706).The IIE - accredited by The British Accreditation Council The IIE has been internationally recognised and accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards.
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This degree will open up an attractive range of career options; this degree is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities: 

• Corporate affairs 
• Corporate communication 
• Internal and external communication strategist
• Event Management 
• Public Relations 
• Digital and Social Media 
• Research 
• Internal and external communication strategist 
The IIE BACC 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. 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 degree.

The IIE’s BACC 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. 

Varsity College is offering alumni of The IIE BACC degree the opportunity to count their IIE Bachelor’s degree toward a UK Honours degree with the Open University. The Open University (OU), United Kingdom, recognises the IIE as a degree awarding body. Specifically, The IIE BACC degree has been given a General Credit Exemption rating of up to 240 credit points of credit transfer towards The OU Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) Open degrees with Honours. The IIE BACC degree therefore provides you with a pathway towards studying a BA or BSc Open degree with Honours from the Open University. 
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As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you to explore the possible postgraduate 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. 
Speak to your Student Advisor regarding the IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication degree.