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Bachelor of Business Science

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The IIE Bachelor of Business Science degree provides graduates with a broad-based business qualification that is invaluable in forging a career within the world of business. The Bachelor of Business Sciencedegree offers students a quality learning experience in the contemporary, dynamic and interesting field of Business with the opportunity to choose a core discipline in Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Economics, Financial Management, Finance and Accounting (non-SAICA), and Accounting (SAICAaccredited). This Bachelor’s degree is designed to prepare students for the increasingly complex demands that they will face in the professional business environment. Graduates will enter the business world with solid theoretical knowledge; supported by strong problem solving, critical thinking, decision-making and strategic skills. This degree gives students a highly marketable balance of knowledge, practical
application and skills.

What is this Degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE Bachelor of Business Scienceis accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 360-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 88603).

Who is the Bachelor’s degree aimed at?

This Bachelor of Business Sciencedegree is aimed at students who are keen to study a broad-based commerce degree along with the opportunity to choose one of the following core disciplines: Strategic Management, Marketing Management, Financial Management,Economics,Finance and Accounting (non-SAICAaccredited),and Accounting (SAICAaccredited). This choice is made after having received a solid foundation in the theoretical knowledge associated with key management and business disciplines in the first year.

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

To be registeredyou must have satisfied the admission requirements as set out below:

Minimum Admission Requirements:

Students who do not meet the admission requirements may be eligible for admission via alternate means such as RPL. Please enquire at the campus for assistance.

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of printing, however, these may change.

How is this Bachelor’s degree structured at The IIE MSA?

The IIE Bachelor of Business Science 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.

Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is reviewed annually 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

Bachelor of Business Science Degree Structure

Core Discipline
1st YearNQF LevelCredit ValueFinancial ManagementFinance and AccountingMarketing ManagementStrategic ManagementEconomicsAccounting(SAICA)
Accounting 1A515YYYYY
Accounting 1B515YYYYY
Applied Communication Techniques515YYYYYY
Business Management 1A515YYYYY
Business Management 1B515YYYYY
Business Management 1515Y
Introduction to Marketing515YYYY
Economics 1A515YYYYYY
Economics 1B515YYYYYY
Mathematics 1A515Y
Mathematics 1B515Y
Introduction to Financial Management515Y
Financial Accounting 1A518Y
Financial Accounting 1B518Y
Introduction to Personal Computing55Y
Quantitative Techniques A59Y
Business Law618Y
Quantitative Techniques B69Y
Core Discipline
2nd YearNQF LevelCredit ValueFinancial ManagementFinance and AccountingMarketing ManagementStrategic ManagementEconomicsAccounting(SAICA)
Accounting 2A612YY
Accounting 2B615YY
Business Management 2A615YYYYY
Business Management615YYYYY
Business Law615YYYYY
Financial Management615YYYY
Financial Management615YY
Industrial Relations615Y
Marketing 2A615Y
Marketing 2B615Y
Digital Marketing615Y
Project Management615Y
Quantitative Techniques615YYYY
Retail Management615Y
Business Statistics615Y
Intermediate Microeconomic615Y
Intermediate Macroeconomic615Y
Business Data Modeling615Y
Public Economics615Y
Digital Citizenship58Y
Financial Accounting618Y
Law of Enterprise Structures 1512Y
Management Accounting and Finance 2A618Y
Management Accounting and Finance 2B618Y
Accounting Systems in Business612Y
Business Ethics612Y
Core Discipline
3rd YearNQF LevelCredit ValueFinancial ManagementFinance and AccountingMarketing ManagementStrategic ManagementEconomicsAccounting(SAICA)
Accounting 3A715Y
Accounting 3B715Y
Business Management 3A715YYY
Business Management715YYY
Enterprise Risk Management715Y
Financial Management715YY
Financial Management715YY
Information and Knowledge Management715YY
Introduction to Research715YYYYY
Marketing 3A715Y
Marketing 3B715Y
Research Practice715YYYYY
Supply Chain Management715Y
Work-Integrated Learning715YYYY
Advanced Microeconomic715Y
Advanced Macroeconomic715Y
nternational Trade and Finance715Y
Monetary Economics715Y
Econometrics A: Introduction715Y
Econometrics: Applied B715Y
Auditing 3A715Y
Auditing 3B715Y
Financial Accounting 3A715Y
Financial Accounting 3B715Y
Management Accounting and Finance 3A715Y
Management Accounting and Finance 3B715Y
Taxation 3A715Y
Taxation 3B715Y

What about timetables?

Our full-time programmes are aimed at students wishing to dedicate themselves to full-time face-to-face studies for the duration of their qualification. This means that students are expected to be available throughout the day for class in the academic year depending on how the timetable is structured. Students may also be required to write assessments or submit coursework or assignments outside of normal class-time.

Students must understand that timetables remain subject to change throughout the year. We cannot guarantee that timetable structures will remain the same during each year of your studies with us. In addition, where students are repeating modules, these modules may be offered in the evenings or on weekends. Students are required to attend classes in order to remain up to date with the academic programme. Students who would like to pursue part-time employment opportunities outside of the academic programme must prioritise their studies and avoid committing to work schedules until after they have received their timetables and academic calendar from the institution.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

The aim of the Work Integrated Learning, where applicable, is to provide students with the opportunity to work on a practical project which examines case studies of business successes and failures. Students are then required to report on their analysis of business success/failure factors.

Students must complete the Work Integrated Learning component to achieve the graduation requirements of this programme.

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; and have met all the Work Integrated Learning requirements, where applicable.

How long do I have to complete this qualification?

Students have a maximum of 6 years to complete this qualification.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Bachelor of Business Science degree (SAQA ID: 88603).

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

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business Science are prepared for careers in business, industry, government and
international organisations. Take advantage of global employment opportunities in a variety of disciplines
the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors in fields like:

  • accounting and related fields (choosing the Accounting core discipline (SAICA accredited) will create the pathway to becoming a Chartered Accountant with SAICA)
  • city planning
  • corporate social responsibility
  • customer relationship management
  • economics
  • entrepreneurship
  • environmental management
  • ethics
  • government policy
  • international trade
  • investment
  • management accounting
  • auditing
  • brand management
  • business
  • business analysis
  • investment management
  • management
  • marketing
  • motivational speaking
  • organisational wellness
  • people management
  • share trading
  • small business ownership
  • social research
  • tax advisory

Would it be possible to study further and obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE Bachelor of Business Science degree?

The IIE Bachelor of Business Scienceis 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 both private and public South African institutes of higher education. The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours degree at any South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting their specific programme entrance criteria.

It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.
Tel: +27 11 950 4009 or email

Disclaimer:  Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.