The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)





This short learning programme (SLP) has been designed to assist the individual seeking to build foundational knowledge and skills in the field of business management. As individuals progress in their careers, they find themselves in need of effective planning techniques, departmental problem solving, and being responsible for overall team performance. Business performance is often hindered by employees’ lack of ability to work in synergy with other functional departments. This may be overcome with an understanding of the key business activities and insight into the vital contribution made by each department to organisational success.  

IIE accredited  British Accreditation Council


Students should meet the following requirements:   

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Should have three to four years work experience.
  • Must be able to prepare for lectures and engage in self-directed study outside the classroom and be prepared for dynamic discussion in the classroom.
  • Must have access to internet


IIE Principles of Business Management is offered as a distance SLP, with supporting online mediated sessions.    

The programme topics include the following:

  • The business world and business management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Establishing a business
  • Business environment
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Introduction to general management
  • Planning, organising, leading and controlling
  • Operations management
  • Human resources management and the SA labour legislative framework
  • Marketing management
  • Financial management
  • Purchasing and supply management
  • Introduction to strategic management



The IIE Principles of Business Management (Distance) programme is a short learning programme (SLP) 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 (apply to be exempt from: Business Management 1a and 1b).*   

  • The IIE BCom degree (apply to be exempt from: Business Management 1a).*

*Important note: Entrance requirements apply. Please speak to a consultant for more details. Curriculum changes may occur   

All SLPs available through The Business School 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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"I've completed 2 courses with The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town. My experience with this institution has been overwhelming. The staff and lectures are very helpful and excellent in the roles they play. Their schedules and time frames for each of the courses I've finished thus far have been 100% correct."

Stanley Roman

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"The course was so practical, I feel like I have the ability to go out and manage a project. It's not all theory that I have no clue how to apply. It was a privilege to learn from Bobby Keller at The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Pretoria. He has a lifetime of experience to share."

Lida van Eden

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"The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town gave me a chance to experience tertiary education the way it should be. I am able to go into the working world with some of their academic teachings and life advice."

Thabiseng Chiwashira

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