IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Economics

The IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Economics degree provides graduates with a critical understanding of the relationship between the disciplines of business management and economics in the business world. Consequently, graduates will be able to contribute to basic enquiry which informs strategic thinking and business management practices against a background and knowledge base of the South African business and economic environment.
The purpose of this programme is threefold: to promote access to higher education, to qualify students for careers in the business/economics field and to provide a platform for further business management or economics studies.

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

To be registered as a candidate you must have satisfied the admission requirements as set out below:

Minimum Admission Requirements


Maths/ HG

Math Lit/ SG

Life Orientation


NSC: Bachelor pass with


50% or



(V):Bachelor pass with


60% or



with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects is






50% or



Bachelor pass with


50% or




An USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies is


Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree


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)






if achieved 50% min in Grade 11

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


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, including 50%

for English and 50% for Maths - 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 a 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 Commerce in Economics 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 361‐credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID:
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.
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This degree will open up an attractive range of career options; this degree is an ideal
stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of business related career opportunities that

• General management
• Banking and Insurance
• Business management
• Business consulting
• Economic consulting
• Financial consulting
• Corporate advising
• Business strategy planning

The IIE BCOM in Economics 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 VC Blend 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.

Would it be possible to study further to obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have
completed The IIE BCom (Economics) degree?
The IIE BCom in Economics degree 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 at South African
universities. The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or honours
degree at any South African university exists subject to specific programme entrance

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.