IIE Diploma in Information Technology In Software Development

Please note, not all programmes are available on all IIE Varsity College campuses. To find out if your programme of interest is available, contact the campus directly.

If you're a creative thinker and enjoy problem solving then this cutting edge Diploma is for you, and will place you on the fast track to the mind-blowing world of Information Technology. Modules which include programming, web development, systems analysis and database design will ensure that you are equipped with versatile skills and knowledge to take your steps into an environment of programme and solution development, thereby creating a wealth of opportunities for yourself. The Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development provides a combination of fundamental business related skills and IT programming-specific competencies, equipping the learner with the baseline knowledge to function effectively in the IT programming environment.

The IIE Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development is a three-year diploma. 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.


NSC: Diploma
NC(V): Diploma
pass with
SC: Endorsement
-none with
SC(a): Diploma
A minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR with a min. of 33.3% in
InternationalA SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with 30% or
equivalent in English.
Alternatively, a Higher Certificate (or equivalent) or
Advanced Certificate in a cognate field may satisfy
the minimum admission requirements to diploma
If discipline not cognate at least
20% of credits must be academic
literacy or numeracy related

Mature Age ExemptionCandidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate or
equivalent, attained the age of 23 before or during the first
year of registration with three years’ work experience and
proven ability relating to the proposed programme as well
as adequate communication skills; OR Candidates must have
attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of
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
USAf approved cognate
foundation programme
Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate
foundation programme from a registered and accredited
provider may be admitted.
Transfer studentsCandidates who have successfully completed at least 120
credits on the first year of a cognate 3- year diploma may be
admitted. However, if a student completed less than 120
credits, the admission criteria on the NSC or equivalent or
higher certificate or advanced certificate apply.
OQSF qualificationsCandidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may
be admitted, provided the OQSF qualification has at least
120 credits at NQF Level 5.
General Education
Development (GED) - An
USA qualification
developed by the
American Council on
Education (ACE)
Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they
have a SAQA Evaluation certificate with NSC L4 equivalence
as well as A score of at least 38 for Academic Literacy (AL)
and a score of at least 38 for Quantitative Literacy (QL).

The IIE Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development 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 368-credit qualification on level 6 (SAQA ID: 74651).

• Software Development 
• Computer System Analysis 
• Computer Programming 
• Mobile application development 
• Database Information System Support 
• Database Administration 
• Web Development 
• Project Management 

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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 three years of this diploma.

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 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.