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IIE Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management

The Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management aims to develop critical thinking and reflective skills in graduates holding a Bachelor of Commerce (with one of the Management disciplines at NQF level 7) or equivalent degree. Furthermore, in line with industry demand, this degree will build on a broad knowledge base of business, developed at undergraduate level and consolidate and deepen students’ insight and expertise in the core fields of the management discipline. Thereby, extending student’s knowledge on contemporary management theories in contemporary business contexts. Students are engaged with the various theories, research methodologies, techniques and contemporary issues relevant to management, with the aim of applying and advancing their knowledge of the contemporary business world. Thus, providing students with an advanced set of expertise and theoretical depth in management that will support their progression in an organisation, thereby producing a more rounded industry-ready post-graduate student. 
Graduates will be equipped with a deep understanding of key management and leadership attributes, focusing on contemporary factors that impact on business today. Not only will this develop higher level business acumen in students, but the theories of business will also be underpinned by the ability to apply solution-focused, systemic research geared towards building businesses in the South African and African economy, as well as functioning in an international context. The Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management degree will therefore qualify competent business managers and leaders who are able to work in, and contribute to effective management in the contemporary business environment. 
Through a range of cutting edge management related competencies, that includes innovation and contemporary issues relating to business management, the purpose and outcomes of this qualification are seen as critical in driving a successful career in the business environment and will prepare students to take up positions in a variety of business and related sectors.

What entry requirements will I need to study this Diploma?

Minimum Entrance Requirement: An appropriate Bachelor’s Degree; OR An appropriate Advanced Diploma, provided that a 360 credit Diploma or appropriate equivalent has been completed, with an average of 60% in the final year

Candidates must have modules in management disciplines at NQF Level 7 and a must have completed a foundation research module at the undergraduate level, preferably at NQF Level 7. Those who have not completed a foundation research module at undergraduate level will be required to do The IIE Introduction to Research SLP and need to be able to demonstrate an understanding of basic research before they can commence with their research report. Applicants without Statistics in their undergraduate qualification will be required to complete a competency test and may be required to do an additional course in Statistics. Candidates are required to have achieved a minimum final year average of 60% in their third year (NQF L7) modules. Those with a final year average of 55 - 59% will be admitted if they attained 60% or higher for the designated cognate/core discipline modules at final-year (NQF L7) level.

International Students

  • A SAQA NQF L7 Evaluation Certificate in an appropriate field and meeting the additional admission requirements.
  • You must ensure that you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The IIE that covers the duration of your studies.

Senate Discretionary Admissions

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Candidates who fall outside the above criteria, but who can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of The IIE that they have an appropriate , related qualification or work-based learning, which has taken the candidate to the equivalent of an NQF Level 7 business management related qualification, may be considered for admission into this programme through an RPL process.

NB: Students must apply to be accepted for the Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management degree. Contact you campus for more information.


The IIE’s Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management 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 120 credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID: 97601).
The IIE has been internationally recognised and accredited by The British Accreditation Council (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 overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. 
For more information please visit http://www.the-bac.org/ 
• General Management 
• Strategic Management 
• Entrepreneurship / Self-Employment 
• Business Consulting 
The IIE BCom Hons (Management) is either a one year full-time degree available through Varsity College or a one and half year part time degree available through The Business School at Varsity College. 
In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own study plan as well as research and work on assignments. Learning material is of the highest quality and offers students a blended learning experience where the face-to-face teaching sessions are supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content/study material, relevant current textbooks and assessments. 
To gain the most from the blended learning experience and VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) mobile device – netbook, laptop or tablet – to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the duration of this degree. 

​The IIE’s Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Management 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 120 credit qualification on level 8 on the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees at South African universities. The opportunity to apply for further study at any South African university exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements.