IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles & Practice

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 Higher Certificate in Business Principles & Practice 

(SAQA) ID number: 71637


For those with the skills, drive and initiative, the business world is a place of great opportunity and reward. This Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice develops and provides students with a broad range of these essential business skills including communication, public relations, accounting, end-user computing and project administration. 



The IIE has been internationally recognised and accredited by The British Accreditation Council (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 overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the 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



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.


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Age Requirement

Due to the fact that this part time qualification is aimed at working adults and that tuition for this format is on a more limited basis than for full time, only prospective students who have attempted matric/Grade 12, age 23 years and older 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 communicative skills will be considered for enrolment. Candidates who have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration will also be considered.  Recognition of Prior Learning candidates should 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).    

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What qualification will I obtain?

When you graduate you will receive the Higher Certificate in Principles & Practice conferred by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE).

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue after I have completed this Higher Certificate?

  • Project Administration 
  • Office Administration
  • Assisting a Project Manager
  • General Assistant to Management 


The IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles & Practice

Year 1      Year 2
Business Management 1A    Business Communications
Introduction to Scholarship    Sage One Accounting
Introduction to Personal Computing      Digital Citizenship
Introduction to Project Management         Introduction to Public Relations
Business Management 1B        Project Administration
Accounting    E-commerce
Business Calculations   Work Integrated learning


Work Integrated Learning (WIL)                

The aim of this practical component is to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learnt to date.  Students will work with other students in groups to develop a project plan and carry out research. 


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Who is this Higher Certificate aimed at?

If you are interested in learning about the business environment then this is the qualification for you.


What is this Higher Certificate’s accreditation status? 

The Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 129-credit qualification on level 5 (SAQA ID: 71637).


What entry requirements will I need to study this Higher Certificate?  

You will need a minimum of a National Senior Certificate and must have met the minimum requirements for admission to a Higher Certificate with a minimum of 30% for English, or a Senior Certificate (without endorsement) or an equivalent qualification with a minimum of 5 subjects passed, or a NC(V) with Higher Certificate admission – a minimum of 40% in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level, with a minimum of 40% in Life Orientation and a minimum of 50% in four vocational subjects.


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

  • you have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned;
  • your equivalent qualification is evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA);
  • you have a valid study permit issued in the name of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) that covers the duration of the qualification. 


On completion of this certificate, students can continue into the IIE degrees with credits being transferred from certain HCBPP modules. Note: a minimum pass of 60% in Accounting 1A & Business Calculations is required.


How is this Higher Certificate structured at Varsity College?  

The Higher Certificate in Business Principles & Practice is a 24 month programme and consists of 14 modules. The modules are delivered on a part time basis with lectures either twice a week on a weekday or on a Saturday morning.  The Higher Certificate in Business Principles & Practice is scheduled in “blocks” consisting of two subjects at a time.  Students will be required to complete various forms of assessments, portfolios, tests and examinations.  In addition to attending lectures you will be expected to engage in self-directed study, preparing for lectures conducting your own research and working on assignments.  


What must I pass in order to graduate with this Higher Certificate?                

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; and have met all the Work Integrated Learning requirements.


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The Business School

The Business School at Varsity College offers ambitious working adults the opportunity to build on their skills with convenient part-time study. You can choose from a variety of world class programmes, that won’t impact on your work hours.

Our aim is to provide a vibrant, fulfilling experience for students. And to ensure their return to a formal learning environment is as undaunting as possible. We offer a high standard of education, with high quality educators and hand-picked partners.

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