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IIE Bachelor of Arts

The IIE Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is a broad-based Arts degree that focusses on ‘the art of learning’. The IIE BA degree provides students with a choice of two of the following three core disciplines namely: English, Psychology and Communication Science. In the second year, students studying this BA degree will need to select two of the core disciplines, and these two subject areas will be the focus of the students’ third year of study. The subject combinations on offer are:
• English and Communication Science, or
• English and Psychology, or
• Communication Science and Psychology.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree will qualify its graduates to work in a variety of sectors and organisations. Graduates will be equipped with advanced written and spoken skills, conceptual and critical thinking skills, as well as general communication skills valued by all employers and needed in all organisations.

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

Minimum Admission Requirements

English

Maths/HG

Math Lit/SG

Life Orientation

Notes

NSC: Bachelor pass

with

60%

NC (V): Bachelor pass

60%

60% or

60%

60%

with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational

subjects.

SC: Endorsement with

60%

SC(a): Bachelor pass with

60%

International

60%

An USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies with 60% 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)

NSC

Notes

English

50-

59%

If 60% 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 60% 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

an 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 a degree exemption certificate to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.


​The IIE’s Bachelor of Arts 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: 94119).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.
For more information please visit http://www.the-bac.org/

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor’s degree?
This degree will open up an exciting range of career options. This degree is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of related career opportunities in the three core discipline combinations:

English and Communication Science Core Discipline:
• Authoring/Writing
• Production coordination
• Communication accounts administration
• Programme coordination
• Communication consulting
• Proofreading
• Copywriting
• Relationship management
• Editing
• Research communication management 
• Scribing
• Journalism
• Script writing
• Media consulting
• Social media communication
• News analysis
• Subediting
• Pre-press technical work
• Researching Internal communications management/ Communication audits
• Teaching (will require postgraduate study)

English and Psychology Core Discipline

• Authoring/Writing
• Proofreading
• Script Writing
• Social Media Communication
• New Analysis
• Subediting
• Copywriting
• Editing
• Journalism
• Scribing
• Pre-press technical work
• Teaching (Will require postgraduate study)
• Counselling (Will require postgraduate study)
• Psychologist (Will require extensive post graduate study)

Communication Science and Psychology Core Discipline:
• Production coordination
• Media consulting 
• Communication accounts administration
• Social Media Communication

• Relationship management
• Communication consulting
• Research communication management
• Journalism

• Counselling (will require postgraduate study) Teaching (Will require postgraduate study)
• Psychologist (Will require extensive post graduate study

The IIE Bachelor of Arts 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 Bachelor of Arts 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 or higher education instituition exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements.

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.