IIE Higher Certificate in Human Resource Practices - Distance (Online)

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.

Human Resource Courses educate and qualify students to take up entry-level positions in human resource and payroll administration related jobs. The IIE Higher Certificate in Human Resource Practices aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to administer and conduct various human resource functions including payroll administration, which meets the requirement of the relevant legal and statutory requirements.

What entry requirements will I need to study this Higher Certificate?

Minimum Admission Requirements








NSC: HC pass




HC pass





and a minimum of 50% in four vocational subjects



- none


HC pass

A minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR

with a min. of 33.3% in SC


-A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence.
-They have a valid study visa issued in the name of The IIE that covers the duration of your studies.

Senate Discretionary Admissions

Mature Age Exemption

Candidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate or equivalent, attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with three years’ work experience and proven ability relating to the proposed programme as well as adequate communication skills; OR Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

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


Candidates who have successfully completed an SOT qualification may be admitted, provided that they have submitted their SOT Certificate and Academic Transcript as well as their NBT: AQL results and have achieved:

a) 40% in 3 subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level AND 30 % in 3 subjects of which one must be for English

- using the SOT Conversion Table; and

b) A score of at least 37 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 37 for Quantitative Literacy (QL)

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

​You can specialize in Human Resource Management, or work your way up to a Human Resource Manager position. You could also specialize in Payroll Administration and Management or work as a Payroll Manager.

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 IIE Higher Certificate in Human Resources and Practices consists of 10 modules. This is an 18 months part-time programme offered via the contact mode of delivery, please consult your student advisor for full qualification fee. 

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 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. “The IIE is the only South African private higher education provider which carries the BAC accreditation at this time. Within the challenging context of higher education in our country, it is important that private higher education providers are able to confidently and competently offer options to potential students above and beyond those provided by the public universities and to do so by being able to present evidence of the international comparability of our standards,” 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.”