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IIE Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

The IIE Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree provides graduates with a broad-based business qualification that is invaluable in forging a career within the world of business. The BCom degree offers students a quality learning experience in the contemporary, dynamic and interesting field of Business with the opportunity to choose a core discipline in Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management or Finance and Accounting. This Bachelor’s degree is designed to prepare students for the increasingly complex demands that they will face in the professional business environment. Graduates will enter the business world with solid theoretical knowledge; supported by strong problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making and strategic skills. This degree gives students a highly marketable balance of knowledge, practical application and skills.
Minimum Admission
Requirements
















EnglishMaths/HGMath
Lit/SG
Notes
NSC: Bachelor
pass with
50%40% or60%
NC(V): Bachelor
pass with
50%60% or60%
SC: Endorsement
with
50%40% or60%
SC(a): Bachelor
pass with
50%40% or60%
InternationalAn USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies is required and meeting the
relevant Maths and English requirements.
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 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)


NSCNotes
English40-49%if achieved 50% min in Grade 11 - applicable to contact and
distance students
Mathematics30-39%register for tutorial sessions for numeracy modules -
applicable only to contact students in 2019 and 2020
Mathematical
Literacy
50-59%register for tutorial sessions for numeracy modules -
applicable only to contact students in 2019 and 2020
Senate Discretionary Admissions:
Mature Age ExemptionCandidates 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.

Candidates 23 years and older at point of registration, with an endorsed Senior Certificate (with
or without maths but must have passed English at 33.3%) can be accepted on The IIE BCom on a
senate discretionary mature age admission. Their academic progress will be tracked and reported
at Senate. An USAf Exemption Certificate is not 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).
USAf approved cognate
foundation programme
Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a
registered and accredited provider may be admitted. The additional Maths/Math Lit and English
criteria fall 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.
Transfer studentsCandidates 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.
OQSF qualificationsCandidates 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.
General Education
Development (GED) - An
USA qualification
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 Commerce 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 366-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 84706).

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 business related career opportunities, depending on which core discipline you choose.

Marketing Management core discipline

  • General Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Market Research
  • Consulting

Financial Management core discipline

  • General Management
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Financial Services
  • Consulting

Finance and Accounting core discipline

  • Corporate Accounting
  • Financial Services
  • Consulting

Strategic Management core discipline

  • General Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Consulting

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 Commerce is accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education and registered on the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7 – the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees offered at other South African higher education institutions. As a result, the opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours degree with The IIE or any other South African higher education institution does exist. However, different institutions sometimes have different requirements for admission to the programmes they offer. These requirements also change from time to time within institutions. For this reason, acceptance into various programmes are based on meeting all the institution-specific entrance requirements, the availability of space, as well as the applicants’ academic results

Graduates of the IIE Bachelor of Commerce degree can deepen their insight and expertise in the management discipline by enrolling for the IIE Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management. Not only will this qualification develop a higher level of business acumen in students, it will also develop their ability to apply solution-focused, systemic research geared towards building businesses in the South African and African economy, as well as the ability to function in an international context

Graduates can also consider registering for The IIE’s Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase (SP) and Further Education and Training (FET) which is a professional teaching programme that seeks to ‘cap’ a suitable undergraduate degree. The purpose of this programme is to qualify students to follow a career in teaching in the Senior Phase (Grades 7-9) and Further Education and Training band (Grades 10-12).

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.”