The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)





Effective management and business growth are two sides of the same coin. For new managers to be effective in their role, the first step is to make a transition from managing tasks and operations to managing people and implementing strategies. This short learning programme (SLP) will support a new manager with the principles of business communication that form the foundation of effective business management and leadership.



  • Individuals recently appointed to a managerial position.
  • Individuals seeking to improve their business communication skills.
  • Small to medium size enterprise owners looking to expand their businesses.


Students should meet the following requirements: 

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Have recently been appointed into a management/supervisor position and/or have three to four years work experience.
  • Must be able to prepare for lectures and engage in self-directed study and students must have access to the internet.


Business Communication is offered as an online/distance SLP. 

This SLP is presented via a distance mode of delivery, supported by online mediation sessions. Students will be required to complete various forms of assessments and activities, with the final assessments being written in hard copy at the site of registration.


The SLP fee includes all programme material, which becomes the property of the student. This material is a valuable source for on-going reference. Please note that the learn manual will be available in electronic format.


The programme aims to accomplish the following:

  • To use effective communication strategies with the different role players in the business management field and apply the theoretical principles of communication (oral/written).


The programme topics include the following:

  • Introduction to communication theories
  • Academic writing skills, communication in organisations, planning and preparing communication messages
  • Interview skills and CV-building
  • Business reports and mass communication for organisations.


The IIE Business Communication programme is a SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Students enrolled in this SLP can apply, on successful completion, for recognition of the learning achieved, for the equivalent module offered on a full time qualification, when registering for any other IIE programmes.”  

  • The IIE Higher Certificate in Business Principles and Practice (exempt from Business Communications)*
  • The IIE BCom (exempt from Applied Communications Techniques)*
*Important note: Entrance requirements apply. Please speak to a consultant for more details. Curriculum changes may occur


All SLPs are available through The Business School at Varsity College have been specifically designed for working adults. These SLPs differ from The IIE full qualifications available through Varsity College and which are registered on the National Qualifications Framework. Before registration students must ensure that the programme selected best suits their individual learning and workplace objectives. 



The IIE is 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 



What students past and current are saying.

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"The IIE Project Management and Business Management programmes from The Business School at Varsity College has taught me teamwork skills. I have also learned other soft skills which include learning to delegate and developing the foresight to prevent problems before they arise through preventative planning measures."

Thokozani TK Ndawonde, Founder of Durban Marquee Invasion (DMI) ,The Business School Durban North Campus

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"The innovative, high quality lecturing at The Business School motivated me to work hard and I made it the top 10 achievers for the 2015 ICB examination, nationally."

Natasha Visser

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"I have always had a passion and aptitude for Accounting, and dream of becoming an Accountant. The ICB offering really appealed to me. Through hard work and determination I have taken a crucial step towards reaching my goal, while fostering good friendships with my fellow students and lecturers."

Gerard Paulsen, Invoicing Clerk.

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