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IIE Bachelor of Commerce - Distance (Online) - Now open for 2nd semester intake

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 (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.
Minimum Admission
Requirements

















English Maths/HG
Maths/HG
Math
Lit/SG
NSC: Bachelor
pass with
50%40% or60%
NC(V): Bachelor
pass with
50%50% or60%
SC: Endorsement
with
50%40% or60%
SC(a): Bachelor
pass with
50%40% or60%
International:
An USAf Exemption Certificate is required as well as meeting the relevant Maths and English requirements.

A cognate Higher Certificate OR cognate 240 credit Diploma OR an Advanced Certificate OR 360 credit Diploma or Degree 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 are not met at NSC Grade 12, then entrance may be granted based on additional requirements being fulfilled)


NSC Notes
English40-49%if achieved 50% min in Grade 11 - applicable to contact and
distance students
Mathematics30-39%register for tutorial sessions for numerate modules - applicable only to contact students
Mathematical
Literacy/
Technical Maths
50-59%register for tutorial sessions for numerate modules - applicable only to contact students
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.


Senate Discretionary Mature Age Admission for students with a Senior Certificate with endorsementCandidates 23 years and older at point of registration, with an Endorsed Senior Certificate can be accepted on The IIE BCom on a senate discretionary mature age admission if they do not meet the additional admission requirements. Their academic progress will be tracked and reported at Senate. An USAf Exemption Certificate is not required.
Certificate with endorsement
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 programme
Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a registered and accredited provider may be admitted. The additional English and Maths/Math Lit/Technical Maths 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.



The IIE BCom degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 366-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 84706).



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

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 creates opportunities for our student to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

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 is accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education and registered on the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7 – the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees offered at other South African higher education institutions. As a result, the opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours degree with The IIE or any other South African higher education institution does exist. However, different institutions sometimes have different requirements for admission to the programmes they offer. These requirements also change from time to time within institutions. For this reason, acceptance into various programmes are based on meeting all the institution-specific entrance requirements, the availability of space, as well as the applicants’ academic results.

Graduates of the IIE Bachelor of Commerce degree can deepen their insight and expertise in the management discipline by enrolling for the IIE Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management. Not only will this qualification develop a higher level of business acumen in students, it will also develop their ability to apply solution-focused, systemic research geared towards building businesses in the South African and African economy, as well as the ability to function in an international context.


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.