IIE Bachelor of Commerce - Distance (Online)

The IIE Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree provides graduates with a broad-based business qualification that is invaluable in forging a career within the world of business. The Bachelor’s degree offers students a quality learning experience in the contemporary, dynamic and interesting field of business and strategic management. The degree is designed to prepare students for the increasingly complex demands they will face in the professional business environment. Graduates will enter the business world with solid theoretical knowledge supported by vital problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making and strategic skills. This Bachelor’s degree provides graduates with a highly marketable balance of knowledge, practical application and skills.

What entry requirements will I need to study this Bachelor’s degree?

Minimum Admission Requirements


Maths/ HG

Math Lit/SG

Life Orientation




pass with


40% or



Bachelor pass with


60% or



with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects.




40% or



Bachelor pass with


40% or




An USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies is required with a min of 50% in English and 40% for Maths.

Higher Certificate, an Advanced Certificate, 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

Other Qualification


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)





if achieved 50% min in Grade 11

Senate Discretionary Admissions

Mature Age Exemption

Candidates 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

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).

School of Tomorrow (SOT) (last date of achievement 30 June 2019)

Candidates who have successfully completed an SOT qualification may be conditionally admitted directly into the 1st year of the degree, provided that they have:

a) submitted their SOT certificate along with a statement of results and have achieved at least 50 % in 4 recognised 20-credit NSC subjects with 50% in English and 40% for Maths - using the SOT National Conversion Table;

b) achieved the following for the National Benchmark Tests (NBT)- AQL:

- Academic Literacy (AL) score of at least 51 AND an Quantitative Literacy (QL) score of at least 38

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree exemption certificate to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.

The IIE BCom distance 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 366 credit  qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 84706).  The IIE is internationally recognised and accredited by the BAC. The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and globally. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for this sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards.  For more information please visit

This degree will open up an attractive range of career options; this degree is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of business related career opportunities, depending on which core discipline you choose.

Marketing Management core discipline
 • General Management 
• Marketing Management 
• Market Research 
• Consulting

Strategic Management core discipline 
• General Management 
• Entrepreneurship 
• Strategic Management 
• Consulting

Informed by the principle of flexibility, a selection of modules will be offered each semester to accommodate a study journey to suit the personal needs of the student within the qualification progression rules. 

The curriculum below is correct at the time of print. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE's curriculum is annually reviewed thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis. 

The IIE BCom consists of 26 modules in total and students have a maximum of 7 years to complete all the modules. This applies to both the Strategic Management and the Marketing Management core disciplines.

A minimum registration of two module per semester and a recommended maximum of four modules per semester is encouraged (provided pre-requisite and co-requisite rules are met as a student progresses).

Students will have the option of securing a number of face-to-face support workshops that will be offered by each of The IIE's Varsity College exam centres. These sessions are highly recommended, as they provide the opportunity for rich discussion and conceptual engagement as well as an opportunity to meet fellow students. Students who attend face-to-face sessions are more likely to be motivated and to remain committed to their studies. However, should students opt not to attend any of these support workshops, the learner guide, textbook and online facilitation will provide the necessary support for student success. 

NOTE: If you are interested in these face-to-face support workshops, please indicate this at point of registration.

The IIE’s Bachelor of Commerce 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 Varsity College or any South African university exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements. Students who choose the Finance and Accounting core discipline will have a broader scope of access into postgraduate qualification. As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you to explore the possible postgraduate options that align to your chosen career area. Each year we also provide our students with a postgraduate information pack. It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies. The option exists to study the Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management degree with the IIE.  For further details regarding entrance criteria and course content, please speak to your Student Advisors.

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 International 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 International 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.