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IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship

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 IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship (BCEN312) degree provides graduates with general business principles and theory as preparation for entry into general employment, either as an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial thinker in corporate organisations. It will expose graduates to concepts, principles and theories of entrepreneurship within the context of a developing country such as South Africa. This Degree will develop the graduate’s capacity to analyse scenarios within the discipline of entrepreneurial studies, to make innovative decisions critical to the development, and the establishment of innovative and creative business ideas.


Minimum Admission
Requirements
















EnglishMaths/HGMath
Lit/SG
Notes
NSC: Bachelor
pass with
50%40% or60%
NC(V): Bachelor
pass with
50%60% or60%
SC: Endorsement
with
50%40% or60%
SC(a): Bachelor
pass with
50%40% or60%
InternationalAn USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies is required and meeting the
relevant Maths and English requirements.
A cognate Higher Certificate or 240 credit Diploma OR an
Advanced Certificate or 360 credit Diploma may satisfy the
minimum admission requirements to degree studies.
If discipline not cognate at least
20% of credits must be academic
literacy or numeracy related.
Alternate Admission:
(Should additional
entrance requirements
not be met at NSC Grade
12 , then, in some
instances, entrance may
be granted based on
Grade 11 marks)


NSCNotes
English40-49%if achieved 50% min in Grade 11 - applicable to contact and
distance students
Mathematics30-39%register for tutorial sessions for numeracy modules -
applicable only to contact students in 2019 and 2020
Mathematical
Literacy
50-59%register for tutorial sessions for numeracy modules -
applicable only to contact students in 2019 and 2020
Senate Discretionary Admissions:
Mature Age ExemptionCandidates 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; OR Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or
during the first year of registration.

An USAf exemption Certificate is required.

Candidates 23 years and older at point of registration, with an endorsed Senior Certificate (with
or without maths but must have passed English at 33.3%) can be accepted on The IIE BCom on a
senate discretionary mature age admission. Their academic progress will be tracked and reported
at Senate. An USAf Exemption Certificate is not 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).
USAf approved cognate
foundation programme
Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a
registered and accredited provider may be admitted. The additional Maths/Math Lit and English
criteria fall away.

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.
Transfer studentsCandidates who have successfully completed at least 120 credits on the first year of a cognate
degree may be admitted. However, if a student completed less than 120 credits, the admission
criteria on the NSC or equivalent 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. 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.
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 an USAf Foreign Conditional
Exemption Certificate as well as NBT: AQL results and have obtained a score of at least 51 for
Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 40 for Quantitative Literacy (QL).


The IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship 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) as a 360-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 111287).
The BCOM in Entrepreneurship will provide graduates with the skills required to create, innovate, implement and manage new products and/or services within either large corporate business or small businesses. This Degree will enable graduates to apply a well-rounded knowledge base across a broad range of industries and government departments/entities. Career opportunities for graduates of this qualification exist as: 

• Entrepreneur
• Banking and Insurance
• Small Business Manager
• Corporate Entrepreneur
• New Business Developer
• Business Consultant
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 VC Blend. 

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 VC Blend 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. 

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 Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship 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 The IIE or any South African university exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements. 

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.


​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.