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SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY AND COMMUNICATION

IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication

The IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication will provide an articulation route for graduates holding a relevant Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent qualification with Communication Science up to NQF level 7. In line with industry demand, this degree will equip students with deeper insight into and proficiency in some of the core fields in the communication discipline and guide them in applying such knowledge in a particular context.

The IIE BA Honours in Communication degree is a one-year post-graduate 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.

Minimum Entrance
Requirement:
An appropriate
Bachelor’s Degree;
OR
An appropriate
Advanced Diploma,
provided that a 360
credit Diploma or
appropriate
equivalent has been
completed, with an
average of 60% in
the final year.




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Candidates must have completed
Communication Science at NQF Level 7 and a
foundation research module at the
undergraduate level, preferably at NQF Level
7. Those who have not completed a
foundation research module at
undergraduate level will be required to do
The IIE Introduction to Research SLP and
need to be able to demonstrate an
understanding of basic research before they
can commence with their research report.
Candidates are normally required to have a
minimum final year average of 60% in the
qualifications final-year (NQF L7) modules.
Those with a final year average of 55 - 59%
will be admitted if they attained 60% or
higher for the designated cognate/core
discipline modules at final-year (NQF L7)
level
Senate Discretionary
Admission
Recognition of Prior
Learning (RPL)
Candidates who fall outside the above criteria,
but who can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of
The IIE that they have an appropriate, related
qualification or work-based learning, which has
taken the candidate to the equivalent of an NQF
Level 7 Communication-related qualification,
may be considered for admission into this
programme through an RPL process.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication 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 120-credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID No. 98032).

This degree is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of Communication-related career opportunities including but not limited to:

  • Communication accounts administration
  • Communication consulting
  • Relationship management
  • Research
  • Communication management
  • Media consulting
  • Social media communication
  • Internal Communication audits
  • Lecturing

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 course of this Honours 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 Arts Honours in Communication 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) at level 8 - the same level as other equivalent Honours degrees at South African universities. The opportunity to apply for further study at other universities exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements.

Call your nearest IIE’s Varsity College campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.

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.