IIE Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication (Phased Out)

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.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication (BA Corp Comm or BACC) degree offers students a quality learning experience in the contemporary, interesting and stimulating communication field. Corporate communication is a key method employed by organisations to align their business 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 external stakeholders and individuals that have a direct relationship with the organisation. By providing students with a thorough grounding in the key disciplines of corporate communication, communication science, and business management, this degree will equip students with a solid theoretical knowledge backed with strong problem solving, critical thinking and strategic skills. These skills are all linked to communication at both an individual and societal level in a socially responsible and creative way.

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.


NSC: Bachelor
pass with
Bachelor pass
Bachelor pass
InternationalA USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies is required
with a minimum of 50% 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 studies.
If discipline not cognate
at least 20% of credits
must be academic
literacy or numeracy
requirements not
be met at NSC
Grade 12, then,
in some
entrance may be
granted based on
Grade 11 marks)
English40-49%If 50% min in Grade 11 was achieved.
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.
Recognition of
Prior Learning
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).
USAf approved
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.
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.
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.
(GED) - An USA
developed by
the American
Council on
Education (ACE)
Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have an USAf
Foreign Conditional Exemption Certificate as well as NBT: AQL results and have
obtained a score of at least 51 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least
40 for Quantitative Literacy (QL).

The IIE Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication 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 372-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 83847).

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, such as:

  • Corporate Communication
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Event Management
  • Public Relations
  • Digital and Social Media
  • Internal and external communication strategist
  • Media Liaison
  • Crisis Communication

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 degree

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 Corporate Communication 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 other South African higher education institutions. What this means is that, subject to the specific programme entrance criteria for the institution, the opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours degree at The IIE, or any South African university or higher education institution exists.

Graduates of the IIE BACC degree can enrol for The IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication degree. This qualification produces qualified, competent communication professionals and leaders who are able to think critically, strategically and creatively and who are able to solve communication-related problems in business contexts in innovative ways.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call your nearest IIE’s Varsity College campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.

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,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education. The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.”