IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication - Contact

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 Arts Honours in Communication (Contact) will provide an articulation route for graduates holding a relevant Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent qualification with Communication Science up to NQF level 7. In line with industry demand, this degree will equip students with deeper insight into and proficiency in some of the core fields in the communication discipline and guide them in applying such knowledge in a particular context.
Minimum Admission
An appropriate Bachelor’s
Degree with an average of
60% in the final year;
An appropriate Advanced
Diploma, provided that a
360 credit Diploma or
appropriate equivalent has
been completed, with an
average of 60% in the final
Bachelor of Arts
Honours in

Candidates must have completed Communication Science
at NQF Level 7 and 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.
Candidates are normally required to have a minimum final
year average of 60% in the qualifications final-year (NQF
L7) module. Those with a final year average of 55 - 59% will
be admitted if they attained an average of 60% or higher
for the designated cognate/core discipline modules at
final-year (NQF L7) level
Senate Discretionary

BA Honours in
Recognition of
Prior Learning
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 Communication-related qualification,
may be considered for admission into this programme
through an RPL process

Graduates of The IIE who do not meet the admissions requirements for admission to
Honours can enrol for and repeat all or some of their NQF Level 7 modules in order
to improve their marks so that they can meet the entry requirements for Honours.
These graduate students will then receive an additional transcript after the
completion of the repeat module(s), where the repeat module(s) will appear as a
second iteration of the module(s) on the transcript. The marks from the second
iteration can then be used for admission to Honours in the subsequent academic
year. This option is only available to graduates from The IIE and does not apply to
graduates from other HE institutions
InternationalA SAQA NQF L7 Evaluation Certificate in an appropriate field and
meeting the additional admission requirements.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication (Contact) degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 120-credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID No. 98032).

This degree is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of Communication-related career opportunities including but not limited to:

  • Communication accounts administration
  • Communication consulting
  • Relationship management
  • Research
  • Communication management
  • Media consulting
  • Social media communication
  • Internal Communication audits
  • Lecturing

At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

Due to the VCBlend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the course of this Honours degree.

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 8 - the same level as other equivalent Honours degrees at South African universities. The opportunity to apply for further study at other universities exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements.

Call your nearest IIE’s Varsity College campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.

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 Independent 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 Independent 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.