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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.
• A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission – with a minimum of level 4 (50 - 59%) for Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy at level 7 (80 - 100%). 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; OR
• A National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60 % in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation, with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects is required; OR
• A Senior Certificate (SC) with Endorsement (complete/conditional exemption) with a minimum of 40% for Mathematics HG; OR at least 50% for Mathematics SG. For those not meeting the requirements as set out above, a minimum of an intermediate (38 or above) level in the NBT QL- AQL assessment is required; OR
• Alternatively, a Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate or 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.If you are an international student, you must ensure that:
• you have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned which has been evaluated by Universities South Africa;
• you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The IIE that covers the duration of your studies.Mature Age Exemption:
• Candidates must have attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with a Senior Certificate or equivalent 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.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
Candidates can 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).
Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of printing, however, these may change. At the time of registration, please check that the entry requirements have not changed.
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.
For more information please visit http://www.the-bac.org/

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 BCIS in Networking 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.
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 will receive an 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 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.