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IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship – Distance

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 in Entrepreneurship (BCEN312) degree provides graduates with general business principles and theory as preparation for entry into general employment, either as an entrepreneur or entrepreneurial thinker in corporate organisations. It will expose graduates to concepts, principles and theories of entrepreneurship within the context of a developing country such as South Africa. This Degree will develop the graduate’s capacity to analyse scenarios within the discipline of entrepreneurial studies, to make innovative decisions critical to the development, and the establishment of innovative and creative business ideas.
Minimum Admission Requirements  English Maths /
Maths HG
Math Lit /
Maths SG
Notes
NSC: Bachelor pass with50% 40% or60%  
NC(V): Bachelor pass with50% 50% or60%  
SC: Endorsement with50% 40% or60%  
SC(a): Bachelor pass with50% 40% or60%  
International:
An USAf Exemption Certificate is required and meeting the relevant Maths and English requirements.
Refer to the International Admissions
Spreadsheets
A cognate Higher Certificate or cognate 240 credit Diploma OR an Advanced Certificate or 360 credit Diploma 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 not be met at NSC Grade 12, entrance may be
granted based on additional requirements being fulfilled)

 

NSC

Notes
English 40-49% if achieved 50% min in final Grade 11 results - applicable to contact and distance students
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
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.
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 programmeCandidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a registered and accredited provider may be admitted. The additional Maths/Math Lit and English 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.

General Education Development (GED) - An USA qualification developed by the American Council on

Education (ACE)
Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have an USAf Foreign Conditional Exemption Certificate as well as NBT: AQL results and have obtained a score of at least 51 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 40 for Quantitative Literacy (QL).

The IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship 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 360-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 111287).

The IIE BCOM in Entrepreneurship will provide graduates with the skills required to create, innovate, implement and manage new products and/or services within either large corporate business or small businesses. This Degree will enable graduates to apply a well-rounded knowledge base across a broad range of industries and government departments/entities.
Career opportunities for graduates of this qualification exist as:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Small Business Manager
  • Corporate Entrepreneur
  • New Business Developer
  • Business Consultant

Our teaching and learning approach is based on active learning which enables us to focus on the skills you need to succeed in the New World. This way, the student is at the centre of learning.
Academic life, we believe, should be as relevant and participative as possible – a dynamic, two-way exchange. This enables students to:

- Engage with subject material
- Build understanding
- Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills for the 21st Century workforce.

This collaborative approach teaches you how to think, and to ask questions; the right questions. We call it New World Thinking.

Our active learning approach is structured as a blend between online and face-2-face lectures. This allows us to take learning beyond the confines of the lecture room. Our Learning Management System called VCLearn enables this blend and affords you a range of approaches to teaching and learning, and resources that are designed to promote self-organised learning and thought leadership.

The IIE Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship 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 The IIE or any South African university exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements.
It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies

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."