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.

• A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission- A minimum of 30 % for English coupled with a minimum of 50% for four 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; 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; 
• 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 an NSC with higher certificate or diploma entry into higher education, you may wish to consider registering for The IIE’s Higher Certificate in Event Management (HCEM) or the Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice (HBPP) first as a pathway to this degree. Further information on this qualification is available from our student advisor team. 

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) 
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. 

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

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. 
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 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.