IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication

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 Studies 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.

Due to the fact that communication encompasses such a broad spectrum of themes in inter-disciplinary areas, and since it plays a major role in many sectors such as government departments, businesses, healthcare, media institutions, information technology, non-governmental organisations and in private practice, it is essential to provide a qualification that enables candidates to acquire advanced skills, competencies and knowledge in communication practice. Communication is fundamental on so many levels that it is vital to develop graduates who have mastered its mechanisms.

The command of communication mechanisms will enable graduates to become communication professionals who are equipped to deal with evolving challenges in global, cultural, political and business environments. Since communication is the driving force for innovation and progress, dynamic and professionally sound leadership skills need to be incorporated into the development of communication professionals who will apply these skills to the successful execution of corporate strategies.

Communication studies also provides graduates with important personal insights into the world that can broaden their horizons and enhance skills development valuable to all employers such as team work, critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving skills, as well as strong writing and presentation skills. This communication qualification is also designed to enable candidates to pursue further personal and professional development, and to promote life-long learning.

What admission requirements will I need to study this Honours degree?

Minimum Entrance


An appropriate

Bachelor’s Degree;


An appropriate

Advanced Diploma,

provided that a 360

credit Diploma or


equivalent has been

completed, with an

average of 60% in

the final year.

Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication

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) modules.

Those with a final year average of 55 - 59%

will be admitted if they attained 60% or

higher for the designated cognate/core

discipline modules at final-year (NQF L7)


Senate Discretionary Admission

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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.

The IIE’s 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 will open up an exciting range of career options. This degree is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of related career opportunities:

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

The IIE BA Honours in Communication is offered as a two-year contact degree at Varsity College in the part-time division. In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for tests and examinations and work on assignments. Learning material is of the highest quality and offers students a blended learning experience where the face-to-face teaching sessions are supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content/study material, relevant current textbooks and assessments.

To gain the most from the blended learning experience and Varsity College’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 degree. 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. However, the exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis. Documents detailing specific module outcomes per core discipline are available from the campus should you require these details.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication 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 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.