IIE Diploma in Commerce in Business 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 purpose of The IIE Diploma in Commerce in Business Management is to develop the skills, knowledge and competence of graduates who aim to manage a small to medium business enterprise effectively and efficiently. This programme also provides graduates with the foundation for growth into management positions within larger business enterprises. Students will gain sufficient depth of knowledge, together with practical skills through Work Integrated Learning, to enable graduates to apply their learning in the workplace.

The lack of adequate management and business management skills in South Africa is one of the contributors in the high failure rate in the small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) arena. This qualification will provide a very important and essential skills set to support national efforts to equip prospective business managers and entrepreneurs to produce better economic results.

English Notes
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 SC
A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with at least 40% or equivalent for 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
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Where candidates do not satisfy the formal admission requirements for this qualification, The IIE may consider an admission application in terms of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning and Qualification Completion Policy (IIE010).
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

The IIE Diploma in Commerce in Business Management is accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 364-credit qualification on level 6 (SAQA ID: 84787).
This Diploma will help address the national skills shortage and graduates will be equipped to take up positions as:
  • Office administrators or managers
  • Managers (variety of positions)
  • Business managers or trainee business managers
  • Entrepreneurs

In addition, it provides students access to higher education and to graduates of the programme an opportunity to further studies in finance, marketing or business.

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Call your nearest IIE’s Varsity College campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.

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.