IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Application Development

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Application Development provides candidates with a thorough theoretical grounding and knowledge base in the key principles of information technology (IT), programming, mobile application development across platforms, web development, database design, troubleshooting, testing, connectivity, customisation and project management. Graduates will develop meaningful software development acumen grounded in a deep understanding of holistic application programming and development. This qualification has been designed to develop graduates’ abilities to design, implement and manage solution-focused, systemic thinkers who can develop software solutions for any device or platform in the South African economy.

The outcomes for this qualification were identified as critical to drive a successful career in software development providing competent desktop and mobile application developers in the private and the public sectors. By understanding business processes in the context of business rules, graduates will be able to solve business problems and meet business needs through software application development. Graduates will be suitably prepared to demonstrate competencies in application development, and to contribute to the economic well-being of their organisation in a responsible manner.

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

Minimum Admission Requirements



Math Lit/SG

Life Orientation


NSC: Bachelor pass with


50% or


with a minimum of 50% in three other recognised 20-credit NSC subjects (Excl. LO).

For those students who have Mathematics at Level 3 (40-49%) or Mathematical Literacy at Levels 4, 5 or 6 (50 - 79%), an intermediate level (38 or above) in the NBT QL -AQL assessment is required. Students who have Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy at levels lower than the above would not be considered.

NC(V): Bachelor pass


60% or



with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects

SC: Endorsement with

40% or


For those not meeting the Mathematics requirements, a minimum of an intermediate (38 or above) level in the NBT QL- AQL assessment is required.

SC(a): Bachelor pass with

40% or



An USAf Exemption Certificate is required with 50% or equivalent for Maths.

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

If discipline not cognate, then at least 20 % of the credits must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to the relevant programme

Senate Discretionary Admission

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 admitted, provided that they have submitted their SOT Certificate and Academic Transcript as well as their NBT:AQL results and have achieved:

  1. 50% in four recognised 20-credit NSC subjects, including Maths, with 30 % for English - using the SOT Conversion Table; and
  2. A score of at least 51 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 38 for Quantitative Literacy (QL)

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 Computer and Information Sciences in Application Development (BCAD) 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 365-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID:97600).The IIE - accredited by The British Accreditation Council.

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 a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of business related career opportunities, depending on which core discipline you choose.

• Application Developer for non-mobile platforms
• Mobile Application Developer for all mobile platforms
• Cloud Computing Developer
• Cloud Computing Consultant
• Cloud Integrator
• Dynamic Web Developer
• Database Developer
• Data Analyst
• Software Development Project Manager
• Software Development Program Manager

The IIE BCAD 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 curriculum below is correct at the time of print. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE's curriculum is annually reviewed thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive updated programme curriculum on an annual basis. Documents detailing specific module outcomes are available from the campus should you require these details.

The IIE's BCAD 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. 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