IIE Bachelor of Commerce - Distance

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The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

BACHELOR OF COMMERCE

(Distance Education)

(SAQA ID: 84706)

 

In association with The Open University

The IIE Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) distance degree provides graduates with a broad-based business qualification that is invaluable in forging a career within the world of business. The Bachelor’s degree offers students a quality learning experience in the contemporary, dynamic and interesting field of Business and Strategic Management. The degree is designed to prepare students for the increasingly complex demands they will face in the professional business environment. Graduates will enter the business world with solid theoretical knowledge supported by vital problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making and strategic skills. This Bachelor’s degree provides graduates with a highly marketable balance of knowledge, practical application and skills.

 

The IIE BCom distance 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: 84706).

 

Who is The IIE BCom distance degree aimed at?

This distance degree is aimed at working adults who prefer to engage in self-study and/or who are unable to attend full-time lectures and are keen to study towards a broad-based commerce degree with a focus on business and strategic management.

 

What is the benefit of distance studies?

The distance delivery mode provides the student with the opportunity to study in the comfort of their home and to plan the study workload according to their individual pace. The study material, which has been carefully designed with distance students’ needs in mind, entails the following:

  • A module guide designed to lead the student through the textbook. It includes questions and answers for practice and revision.
  • An online learning portal, containing interactive media rich activities for students to engage with in order to deepen their understanding of the subject matter.
  • An online tutor who maintains the human experience of the learning process.
  • Students will be provided with the added value of face to face sessions. These sessions are highly recommended, as they provide the opportunity for rich discussion and conceptual explanation and to meet fellow students with whom to network. Students who attend face to face sessions are more likely to be motivated and to remain committed to their studies. However, should students not be able to attend any face to face sessions, the module guide, textbook and online facilitation will provide the necessary support for student success throughout the four years of study.

 

Who are our partners on this qualification?

Open University The Open University (OU) United Kingdom (UK), recognises The IIE as a degree awarding body. Specifically, The IIE BCom degree has been given a General Credit Exemption rating of up to 240 credit points of a credit transfer towards the OU Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) Open degrees with Honours. The IIE BCom degree therefore provides a pathway towards studying an internationally recognised BA or BSc Open degree with Honours from the OU. These Open degrees can also be studied online through the OU.

 

Students who successfully completed The IIE BCom degree with Varsity College will need to:

  • Apply to the OU for credit transfer in order to obtain 240 credits towards the 360 credit-bearing OU BA or BSc Open Honours programme.
  • Then register with the OU and complete 120 credits of online study to graduate with an OU BA or BSc Open degree with Honours degree.

For more information please visit: http://www.ouworldwide.com/varsity_college_about.asp

 

THE INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION (THE IIE) - ACCREDITED BY THE BRITISH ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (BAC).

The IIE has been internationally recognised and accredited by the BAC. The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and globally. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for this sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. For more information please visit http://www.the-bac.org

 

NOTE: 

Curriculum and content is subject to change.

Students will be required to register per academic year.

Fees stated are per academic year and not for the full qualification.

Students who are unsuccessful in a module/modules will need to reregister.

Academic year means the annual period of instruction normally running from 1 January until 31 December or from 1 July until 30 June the following year or any other period stipulated.

 

 

 

Course Information

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

A NSC with Degree admission- A minimum of 30% for English coupled with a minimum of 50% for 4 x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes LO which is a 10 credit subject but includes English); OR

A 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 three compulsory vocational subjects is required; OR

A SC (with endorsement) or equivalent;

OR an Advanced Certificate,

OR a 240- or 360 credit Diploma;

OR an Advanced Diploma in cognate discipline.

International students will need a Universities South Africa (previously known as HESA) Certificate of Exemption. http://hesa-enrol.ac.za

 

Please note: all undergraduate degree applicants are required to complete the Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) National Benchmark Test (NBT) prior to registration, unless they have reached the age of 23 by the time of registration. This is not an acceptance requirement but will be used to determine the level of support that will be required by the student. Contact www.nbt.ac.za for details of venues and dates. The campus should be contacted for advice should booking for an NBT prior to registration be challenging.

 

Applicants who achieve an AL -NBT score of 50% and below will have additional timetabled lectures in the two IIE Developmental Modules Introduction to Scholarship (ITSA and ITSB) at an additional cost. Applicants who do not write the AQL - NBT test prior to admission will automatically be registered for the ITSA and ITSB modules whether or not these are credit bearing modules in their qualifications. These applicants may, on provision of an AL - NBT score of 51% or above, be exempted from one or both the ITSA and ITSB modules if and only if these are not credit bearing modules in their qualifications. For applicants who are completing the ITSA and ITSB modules as a result of the low AL - NBT score or who did not provide an AL - NBT score at registration, successful completion of ITSA and ITSB modules is a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules and thus any student who has not successfully completed the ITSA and ITSB modules in their first year of study will be required to do so in their second year. Where the ITSA or ITSB modules is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of one or both of these modules (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement.

 

Note: students must be competent in English, the language of instruction

 

International students must ensure that:

  • They have an equivalent qualification to meet entrance criteria.
  • Their equivalent qualification is evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).
  • They have a study permit issued in the name of The IIE valid for the duration of the qualification or the full academic year thereof.

 

Course Information

WHAT MUST A STUDENT PASS IN ORDER TO GRADUATE WITH THIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE?

Students need to pass all the compulsory and elective modules which comprise this degree.

 

WITH WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL THE STUDENT GRADUATE?

With the IIE Bachelor of Commerce

 

THE IIE BACHELOR OF COMMERCE (BCOM) CURRICULUM PLAN

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Accounting 1A
  • Applied Communication Techniques
  • Business Management 1A
  • Marketing 1A

 

Semester 2

  • Accounting
  • Business Management 1B
  • Marketing 1B

 

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Financial Management
  • Industrial Relations
  • Economics 1A


Semester 2

  • Project Management
  • Retail Management
  • Quantitative Techniques A
  • Economics B

 

Year 3

Semester 1

  • Business Management 2A
  • Quantitative Techniques B
  • Supply Chain Management

 

Semester 2

  • Business Law
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Information & Knowledge Management
  • Business Management 2B

 

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Business Management 3A
  • Research Practice
  • Work Integrated Learning
Semester 2 

  • Business Management 3B
  • Practice Work
  • Integrated Learning
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THE INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION (THE IIE) – ACCREDITED BY THE BRITISH ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (BAC)


The IIE has been internationally recognised and accredited by the BAC. The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and globally. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for this sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. For more information please visit http://www.the-bac.org
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