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IIE Bachelor of Arts – 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.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree (distance) is a broad-based Arts degree that focuses on ‘the art of learning and critical thinking’. The IIE BA degree provides students with a choice of two of the following three core disciplines namely: English, Psychology and Communication Science. On registration, at the beginning of their second year, students studying this BA degree will need to select two of the core disciplines which will become the focus of their studies. The subject combinations on offer are:

  • English and Communication Science, or
  • English and Psychology, or
  • Communication Science and Psychology.
Minimum Admission
Requirements+
English Notes
NSC: Bachelor
pass with
60%
NC (V):
Bachelor pass
with
60%
SC:
Endorsement
with
60%
SC(a): Bachelor
pass with
60%
InternationalAn USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies with 60% or equivalent
for English.
A cognate Higher Certificate or 240 credit Diploma OR
an Advanced Certificate or 360 credit Diploma may
satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree
studies.
If discipline not cognate at least
20% of credits must be academic
literacy or numeracy related.
Alternate Admission:
(Should additional
entrance
requirements not be
met at NSC Grade 12,
then, in some
instances, entrance
may be granted based
on Grade 11 marks)
NSC Notes
English50-
59%
If 60% min in Grade 11 was achieved
Senate Discretionary Admissions:
Mature Age
Exemption
Candidates having attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration
with a Senior Certificate with a minimum of 40% in at least four higher or standard grade
subjects, at least three of which shall have been passed simultaneously and one of which
shall be a recognised higher-grade subject; OR Candidates must have attained the age of
45 before or during the first year of registration.

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required.
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).
USAf approved
cognate foundation
programme
Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a
registered and accredited provider may be admitted. The additional English criteria falls
away.
An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on
behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has
provided proof of payment to USAf.
Transfer studentsCandidates who have successfully completed at least 120 credits on the first year of a
cognate degree may be admitted. However, if a student completed less than 120 credits,
the admission criteria on the NSC or equivalent apply.
OQSF qualificationsCandidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may be admitted, provided the OQSF
qualification has at least 120 credits at NQF Level 5. An USAf Exemption Certificate is
required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application
for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf
General Education
Development (GED) -
An USA qualification
developed by the
American Council on
Education (ACE)
Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have an USAf Foreign
Conditional Exemption Certificate as well as NBT: AQL results and have obtained a score of
at least 51 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 40 for Quantitative Literacy
(QL).


The IIE Bachelor of Arts 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 360-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 94119).



This degree will open up an attractive range of career options; this degree is an ideal stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of business-related career opportunities that include:

  • English and Communication Science Core Discipline: such as Authoring/Writing, Proof reading and Journalism.
  • English and Psychology Core Discipline: such as Subediting, Scribing and Social media communication.
  • Communication Science and Psychology Core Discipline: such as Relationship management, Media consulting and Communication accounts administration

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 VC Blend.

 

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 VC Blend 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 three years of this 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 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 7 - the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees at South African universities. The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours degree at The IIE, any South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements. It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies


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.