SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION

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.

• A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission - A minimum of 60% in 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 60 % in English; OR
• A Higher Certificate or, Advanced Certificate, or 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field.

Please note: A student who received between 50 – 59% for English on the NSC/SC/equivalent qualification and an NBT AL-AQL score of 64 and higher in English, will also be considered. 

If you have not met these minimum entry requirements at NSC or equivalent level but have an NSC with higher certificate or diploma entry, 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.

If you are an international student, you must ensure that:
• you have an equivalent qualification which is submitted to Universities South Africa and that you are issued with a degree exemption certificate;;
• you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The IIE that covers the duration of your studies.

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 and passed on higher grade; OR

• Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

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 and passed on higher grade; 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.

​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 BA 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 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.