IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Networking Engineering

The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Networking Engineering will provide candidates with a thorough theoretical grounding and knowledge base in the key principles of Networking Engineering, enterprise network management and systems analysis and design. These are the key disciplines that inform the professional practice of Networking Engineering and design. Graduates will be able to integrate network design goals, network infrastructure and services requirements and technologies to produce enterprise network solutions. The design for this degree has been informed by a demand identified in industry for specialised network engineers and to graduate solution-focused, logical and creative thinkers geared for designing and managing networks for both South African and international markets. This degree will also develop graduates’ abilities to design, implement, and manage innovative, integrated network solutions, and will nurture an understanding of the role Networking Engineering and design play in terms of information systems and applications, connectivity, high availability, redundancy and security in a networked environment. Graduates will be able to engage appropriately with non-technical management executives and stakeholders in planning and designing corporate networking solutions.Network engineers are found across organisations and enterprises with the current move to online business, connected offices, cloud computing and global trends in the economy. Only when a network engineer understands the relevant technologies and how they fit together can they design, upgrade or implement effective corporate networking solutions. The success of organisations is dependent on information and communications technology meeting the needs of the business in ways that align with corporate strategy.This degree will qualify people to work in various Networking Engineering related roles in the private and public sectors. The aim is to produce competent network engineers who, by understanding emerging technologies and trends in the context of Networking Engineering and design, will contribute to the success and growth of the enterprise. Graduates will gain a critical understanding of Networking Engineering and information science theory and practice, and will develop the ability to critically analyse and apply this knowledge to the benefit of the organisation and in support of its business objectives in an ethical and socially 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.


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..


Bachelor pass


60% or



with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational





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.


Bachelor pass


40% or



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


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; ORCandidates 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 Networking Engineering 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 370-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID :97838).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 a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities. This programme will enable students to critically apply a well-rounded strategic knowledge base to professional entry-level practice across a broad range of enterprise types and industries. Career opportunities for graduates of this degree include:

  • Networking Engineering
  • Network Administration
  • Database Administration
  • Network Support
  • Network Architecture and Design
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Enterprise Management

The IIE Bachelor of Information and Computer Sciences in Network Engineering 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 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 an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.

The IIE’s BCNE 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.