IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Law

The IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Law (B Com (Law)) degree provides candidates with a general
grounding in the key disciplines of law, business management, economics, and finance, to enable
them to enter into a career in business which requires a good grounding in law, or alternatively
follow a career in law, but with a sound foundation in commerce. 

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

Minimum Admission Requirements






NSC: Degree pass with


40% or


NC (V): Degree pass


60% or


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


* If a Higher Certificate (or equivalent) or Advanced Certificate or Diploma is not in a cognate field, then at least 20 % of the credits of such qualifications must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to the relevant programme

SC: Endorsement with


40% or


SC(a): Degree pass with


40% or



An USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies with 50% or equivalent for English and 40% for


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)





if achieved 50% min in Grade 11-applicable to contact and distance students



register for extended track numeracy modules-applicable only to contact students in 2019

Mathematics Literacy


register for extended track numeracy modules-applicable only to contact students in 2019

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 with 50% in English and 40% for Maths - using the SOT National Conversion Table;
  2. 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 degree admission to

USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.

The IIE’s Bachelor of Commerce degree in Law 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 376-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 93729).
The IIE is 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. These opportunities include, but are not limited to becoming a –

• legal advisor
• corporate (legal) advisor
• company secretary
• person responsible for corporate governance at a particular business enterprise
• business strategy planner
The IIE B Com (Law) 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 B Com (Law) 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.

One of the attractions of The IIE BCom (Law) degree is the prospect of combining this degree with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree – a combination that we know is sought after in the marketplace and highly attractive to potential employers.
The IIE B Com (Law) degree lends itself to articulation into LLB degree, and it is designed with that possibility in mind.
How do I find out more about these further study opportunities?
As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you to explore the possible postgraduate study 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.