IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies

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.

For those with the skills, drive and initiative, the legal work environment is a place of great opportunity and reward. This higher certificate develops and provides students with a broad range of foundational legal skills including communication, various aspects of South African law and legal office management.

The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is a one-year programme and consists of 8 modules at 15 credits each. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures from Monday to Friday. The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is run over two semesters, with final exams being written at the end of each semester. In addition to attending lectures you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research and working on assignments.

Minimum Admission
English Maths/HG Math
Life Orientation Notes
NSC: HC pass with40%
NC(V): HC pass40%30%30%40%and a minimum of
50% in four
vocational subjects
SC: Endorsement - none with40%
SC(a): HC pass with40%
International40%A SAQA Evaluation
Certificate with NSC
L4 equivalence with
40 for English.
40%(HIGCSE: Level 3,
or AS Level: E or A
Level: E)
Senate Discretionary
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
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:
a) 40% in 3 subjects, one of which is an official language at
Home Language level and another must be for English AND 30
% in 3 subjects; and
b) A score of at least 37 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score
of at least 37 for Quantitative Literacy (QL)

The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 120-credit qualification on level 5 (SAQA ID: 94696).

  • Attorney’s assistant
  • Legal secretary
  • Paralegal assistant
  • General law-office assistant
  • Front office manager of a legal firm
  • Legal research assistant
  • Clerk in the Magistrate’s Court

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 duration of this qualification.

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.