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IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies

For those with the skills, drive and initiative, the legal work environment is a place of great
opportunity and reward. This higher certificate develops and provides students with a broad range
of foundational legal skills including communication, various aspects of South African law and legal
office management.


Candidates require a minimum of: 
• A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate admission - A minimum of 40% for English (as the language of teaching and learning or first additional language) is required; OR 
• A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Higher Certificate admission – A minimum of 40 % in English (as the language of teaching and learning or first additional language), with a minimum of 30 % in either Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy, a minimum of 40% in Life Orientation, and a minimum of 50% in four vocational subjects; OR 
• A Senior Certificate (SC) (without endorsement) or equivalent with 40% in English (as the language of teaching and learning or first additional language). A minimum of five subjects must be passed. 

Mature Age Exemption/RPL Candidates: 
• Must have attempted the Senior Certificate, 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, and demonstrate adequate communication skills; OR 
• Must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration; 

RPL Candidates: 
• Need to 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). 

International Candidates: 
• Must ensure that they have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned; 
• Must ensure that their equivalent qualification is evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA); 
• Must possess a study permit issued in the name of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), which is valid for the duration of the qualification. 
The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC) of 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 5 (SAQA ID: 94696). The Independent Institute of Education - accredited by The British Accreditation Council
The IIE is 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/
• Attorney’s assistant 
• Legal secretary 
• Paralegal assistant 
• General law-office assistant 
• Front office manager of a legal firm 
• Legal research assistant 
• Clerk in the Magistrate’s Court 
The Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is a one year programme and consists of 11 modules. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures from Monday to Friday. The Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is run over two semesters, with final exams being written at the end of each semester. In addition to attending lectures you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research and working on assignments. 
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 qualification.

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