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IIE Bachelor of Arts



Introduction to IIE Bachelor of Arts


The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

Bachelor of Arts 

The IIE Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is a broad-based Arts degree that focusses on ‘the art of learning’. The IIE BA degree provides students with a choice of two of the following three core disciplines namely: English, Psychology and Communication Science. In the second year, students studying this BA degree will need to select two of the core disciplines, and these two subject areas will be the focus of the students’ third year of study. The subject combinations on offer are:

  • English and Communication Science, or
  • English and Psychology, or
  • Communication Science and Psychology.

The IIE Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree will qualify its graduates to work in a variety of sectors and organisations. Graduates will be equipped with advanced written and spoken skills, conceptual and critical thinking skills, as well as general communication skills valued by all employers and needed in all organisations.

What is this Degree's accreditation status?

The IIE’s Bachelor of Arts 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) as a 366-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 94119).

Who is this Bachelor degree aimed at?

This BA degree is aimed at students who are keen to study a broad-based Arts degree in Media, Communication Science, Journalism, Psychology and English.

What entry requirements will I need to study this Bachelor’s degree?

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission - A minimum of 60% in English coupled with a minimum of 50% for 3 x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes Life Orientation, which is a 10 credit subject); OR
  • A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60% in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation , with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects is required; OR
  • A Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) or equivalent with 60 % in English; OR
  • A Higher Certificate or, Advanced Certificate, or 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field.

Please note: A student who received between 50 – 59% for English on the NSC/SC/equivalent qualification and an NBT AL-AQL score of 64 and higher in English, will also be considered.

If you have not met these minimum entry requirements at NSC or equivalent level but have an NSC with higher certificate or diploma entry, you may wish to consider registering for The IIE’s Higher Certificate in Event Management (HCEM) or the Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice (HBPP) first as a pathway to this degree. Further information on this qualification is available from our student advisor team.

If you are an international student, you must ensure that:

  • you have an equivalent qualification which is submitted to Universities South Africa and that you are issued with a degree exemption certificate;
  • your equivalent qualification is evaluated by Universities South Africa;
  • you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The IIE that covers the duration of your studies.

Other considerations

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 and passed on higher grade; OR
  • Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Candidates can 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).

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of printing, however, these may change. At the time of registration, please check that the entry requirements have not changed.

National Benchmarking Tests

All applicants wishing to study an IIE undergraduate degree on a full-time basis including international students, are required to write the National Benchmark Test (NBT) Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL). Applicants wishing to enrol for The IIE Bachelor of Arts degree need to complete the NBT in English.

The applicant is exempt from writing the NBT AQL test if he/she:

  • is 23 years old or turns 23 during the first year of registration
  • has successfully completed a higher certificate (or equivalent), an advanced certificate or diploma.
  • has previously been admitted to degree studies elsewhere (proof must be supplied)
  • is admitted on the basis of mature age.

For applicants wishing to enrol on a distance programme, the writing of the NBT AQL test is recommended but not compulsory.

Please note an applicant's Academic Literacy (AL) score of the NBT AQL test is used for placement in student support programmes and does not replace the admission requirements for a specific degree programme. Applicants may, on provision of an AL score of the NBT AQL test of 64 or above, be exempted from one or both Academic Literacy modules, namely Introduction to Scholarship A (ITSA010) and Introduction to Scholarship B (ITSB010), if and only if these are non- credit bearing modules in the qualification. Applicants who achieve an AL score of the NBT AQL test lower than 64 are required to register for and successfully complete ITSA010 and ITSB010.

Applicants who do not write the NBT AQL test prior to registration, will automatically be registered for ITSA010 and ITSB010 whether or not they are credit bearing modules in the qualification.

Furthermore, students who are completing ITSA010 and ITSB010 as a result of the lower than 64 AL score or who did not provide an AL score, will be required to successfully complete these modules before their third year as they are a pre-requisite for entrance onto third year studies. Students enrolled on a distance programme will have access to ITSA010 and ITSB010, but it would not be a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules.

Where ITSA (ITSA5111) is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of this module (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Bachelor’s degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Bachelor of Arts degree.

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor’s degree?

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 in the three core discipline combinations:

English and Communication Science Core Discipline:

  • Authoring/Writing
  • Communication accounts administration
  • Programme coordination
  • Communication consulting
  • Proofreading
  • Copywriting
  • Relationship management
  • Editing
  • Research communication management
  • Scribing
  • Journalism
  • Script writing
  • Media consulting
  • Social media communication
  • News analysis
  • Subediting
  • Pre-press technical work
  • Researching Internal communications management/ Communication audits
  • Teaching (will require postgraduate study)

English and Psychology Core Discipline:

  • Authoring/Writing
  • Script writing
  • News analysis
  • Copywriting
  • Scribing
  • Pre-press technical work
  • Counselling (will require postgraduate study)
  • Research communication management
  • Counselling (will require postgraduate study)
  • Psychologist (will require extensive postgraduate study)
  • Proofreading
  • Social media communication
  • Subediting
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Teaching (will require postgraduate study)

Communication Science and Psychology Core Discipline:

  • Production coordination
  • Communication accounts administration
  • Relationship management
  • Research communication management
  • Counselling (will require postgraduate study)
  • Media consulting
  • Social media communication
  • Communication consulting
  • Journalism
  • Teaching (will require postgraduate study)
  • Psychologist (will require extensive postgraduate study)

Would it be possible to study further to obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE BA degree?

The IIE’s Bachelor of Arts 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 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 any South African university or higher education instituition exists subject to meeting specific programme entrance requirements.

How do I find out more about these further study opportunities?

As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you to explore the possible postgraduate options that align to your chosen career area. Each year we also provide our students with a postgraduate information pack. It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Speak to your Student Advisor regarding The IIE Bachelor of Arts Honours in Communication degree.

How is this Bachelor’s degree structured at Varsity College?

The IIE BA degree is a three year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday.

In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own study plan as well as research 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 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 three years 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. 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.

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