IIE Diploma in Sport Development and Management

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.

The sporting world is filled with opportunities beyond simply being a professional athlete – this IIE Diploma equips graduates with the skills to develop the athletic talent of others as well as, represent sporting organisations and create an environment in which athletes and teams can develop.

The IIE Diploma in Sport Development and Management 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 with30%
NC(V): Diploma pass with40%
SC: Endorsement -none
SC(a):Diploma passA 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 studies.
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 registration.
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)
USAf approved cognate foundation
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 Sport Development and Management 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 360-credit qualification on level 6 (SAQA ID: 74652).
  • Sport Development officer within local government or local council
  • School and sports club sport coordinator
  • Health & wellness consultant within a wellness facility
  • Sports Academy manager
  • Sports officer within an organisation focusing on community upliftment
  • Facility practitioner or Sport & Athlete development consultant

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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.