Programme Type



  • ​​​Media Studies 1
  • English 
  • Newswriting 1
  • Sub-Editing 1
  • Practice of Journalism
  • Communication Science 1
  • Computyping
  • Magazine and Feature Writing
  • Work Integrated Learning 1
  • Work Readiness Programme Workshop 1
  • Communication Science 2
  • Introduction to Publishing
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Newswriting 2
  • Photography 
  • Sub-Editing 2A
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Internet Journalism
  • Media Studies 2
  • Opinion and Specialist Writing
  • Sub-Editing 2B
  • Work-integrated Learning 2
​​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 Work Integrated Learning requirements.​​ ​ In some, but limited instances some modules may change. At the time of registration, please check that the entry requirements and fees have not changed.​​

The Independent Institute of Education’s official prospectus is available on and on the library webpage. Information in this prospectus takes precedence over other programme and qualification information provided​.​

This IIE qualification is designed for students who are interested in a career in journalism and journalism related fields. With this qaulification you pursue an exciting career as a journalist, media specialist, radio DJ or content creator? Then the IIE Diploma in Journalism offers the perfect start to get your foot in the door. 


This Diploma in Journalism provides the skills necessary for entry level jobs in the journalism and media fields. Employment opportunities include production assistant, junior researcher, copytaster, sub-editor, freelance writer, reporter, scriptwriter, desktop publisher and editor. You may even be able to start a career in blogging, a YouTube channel, become a public relations specialist, author or scriptwriter. 


This IIE qualification provides students with the opportunity to examine the origins of journalism as well as to learn how to do basic research, compiling material, writing and editing.​​


Full-time: This is a two year full-time qualification offered by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) at Rosebank College. Lectures take place during the day on weekdays. Qualification offered at the following campuses: Braamfontein, Pretoria CBD and Durban CBD.


This Diploma is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). It is also registered with South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at Level 5 (SAQA ID NO: 58692). On successful completion you will receive a ​Diploma in Journalism​​​ from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.


Use this Diploma as a stepping stone to furthering your academic career. Once you qualify, you will have the wonderful opportunity of studying The IIE Bachelor of Business Administration degree or The IIE Bachelor of Public Administration through Rosebank College.


 To register, you must meet one of the following entry requirements:

• A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate admission- A minimum of 30 % for English is  required; OR
• A National Certificate (Vocational) 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 30 % in either Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy, a minimum of 40% in Life Orientation and a minimum of 50% in four vocational subjects; OR
• A Senior Certificate (SC) (without endorsement) or equivalent – A minimum of five of the required six subjects must be passed. 

Mature Age Exemption:

• Candidates must have attempted the  Senior Certificate, attained the age of 23 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 communication skills; OR
• Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

RPL – 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).

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

  • you have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned;
  • your equivalent qualification is e​valuated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA);
  • you have a valid stu​dy visa issued in the name of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) that covers the duration of your studies.