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.

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

Minimum Admission Requirements



Math Lit/SG

Life Orientation


NSC: HC pass with


NC(V): HC pass





and a minimum of 50% in four

vocational subjects

SC: Endorsement - none with


SC(a): HC pass with




A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with 40 for English.

Cambridge: 40%(HIGCSE: Level 3,

or AS Level: E or A

Level: E)

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


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


School of Tomorrow (SOT)

(last date of achievement 30 June 2019)

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:

  1. 40% in 3 subjects, one of which is an official language at Home Language level and another must be for English AND 30

% in 3 subjects; and

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

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.
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• 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.