IIE Higher Certificate in Office Admin - Contact (Phased out)

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.

This qualification is an entry level qualification which is vocational and industry orientated. It encapsulates introductory knowledge in the areas of general business administration within an office environment and will prepare the successful graduate for a position in the general business environment. If you would like an office job, or are looking for a career in office administration then this qualification is for you.


NSC: HC pass
- none
SC(a): HC
pass with
A minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR with a min. of
33.3% in SC
InternationalA SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with at
least 30% or equivalent for English.
Mature Age ExemptionCandidates 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 registration.
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).
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 a SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4
equivalence as well as NBT: AQL results and have
obtained a score of at least 37 for Academic Literacy
(AL) and a score of at least 37 for Quantitative Literacy

This IIE Higher Certificate is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is also registered by the South African Qualifications Authority on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 133-credit qualification on Level 5 (SAQA ID No: 73371).

After completion of this IIE qualification you can pursue a career as a:

  • Sales administrator
  • Office administrator
  • Personal assistant
  • Receptionist
  • Data-capturer
  • Administrator
  • Admin clerk or secretary.

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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 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.