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IIE Postgraduate Diploma in Data Analytics

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 Post-Graduate Diploma in Data Analytics is to undertake advanced reflection by means of systemic thinking, practices and research methods in data analytics. The programme aims to further the development of fundamental knowledge in Big Data,

Data Visualisation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Statistics. On completion of the programme, graduates would have attained the theoretical and technical skills in Data Analytics to inform business decisions and articulate into an appropriate Master's degree.

Since the aim of the qualification is to develop a Data Analyst who is equipped with theoretical, technical and practical knowledge, it is also important that graduates attain a thorough grounding in statistical and mathematical fundamentals. Therefore, the Statistical and

Mathematical Analysis module will provide students with mathematical and statistical theory, concepts and practical knowledge which are required to interpret and interrogate data.



Minimum Admission Requirements Notes
An appropriate HEQSF Level 7 Bachelor’s degree; OR An appropriate Advanced Diploma; OR An equivalent NQF Level 7 qualification
InternationalA SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NQF L7 equivalence in an appropriate field
Senate
Discretionary
Admission
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).




SAQA ID: 117788

NQF level 8 (120 credits)


This postgraduate diploma could open up an attractive range of career options and is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of career opportunities including:

  • Data analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Data engineer
  • Big data analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Quantitative analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Any field that requires the analysis of data to yield strategic value


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 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."