Software developme​nt qualifications such as the IIE Diploma in IT in Software Development offered at Rosebank College is designed for creative thinkers who enjoy problem solving. This IIE qualification provides a combination of fundamental business related skills enabling the student to function effectively in the IT programming environment.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


When you graduate you can work as a junior software developer, computer systems analyst or web developer.


The skills developed during the duration of this IIE qualification include programming, web development, systems analysis and database design. Students will learn different programming languages and get a good understanding of a computer’s logic, architecture and design. These skills will enable the students to enter into an environment of application and solution development, thereby creating a wealth of opportunities within the Information Technology (IT) world.


Full-time: This is a three-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 Sunnyside, Cape Town and Durban.


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 Information Technology in Business Systems Degree through Rosebank College.


This Diploma is accredited by the Council of Higher Education (CHE). It is also registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) on Level 6 (SAQA ID No: 74651). On successful completion you will receive a Diploma in Information Technology in Software Development from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.



 English Notes
NSC: Diploma with30% 
NC(V): Diploma pass with40% 

SC: Endorsement -none with



SC(a): Diploma passA minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/SC (a) OR with a min. Of 33.3% in SC
InternationalA SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with 30% or equivalent in English. ​

Alternatively, a Higher Certificate (or equivalent) or Advanced Certificate in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to diploma studies.


If discipline not cognate at least 20% of credits must be academic literacy or numeracy related


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Candidates must 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).
USAf approved cognate foundation programme Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme from a registered and accredited provider may be admitted.
Transfer studentsCandidates who have successfully completed at least 120 credits on the first year of a cognate 3- year diploma may be admitted.  However, if a student completed less than 120 credits, the admission criteria on the NSC or equivalent or higher certificate or advanced certificate apply.
OQSF qualificationsCandidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may be admitted, provided the OQSF qualification has at least 120 credits at NQF Level 5.
General Education Development (GED) - An USA qualification developed by the American Council on Education (ACE)Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have a SAQA Evaluation certificate with NSC L4 equivalence as well as A score of at least 38 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 38 for Quantitative Literacy (QL).

"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."

Mature Age Exemption:

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.



Programme Type



  • ​​​Introduction to Personal Computing
  • ​Programming Logic and Design (Introduction
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Business Communication C
  • Introduction to Scholarship A
  • Programming 1A
  • End User Computing B
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Business Practice and Entrepreneurship
  • Programming 1B
  • Business Information Systems
  • Programming Logic and Design (Intermediate)
  • Work Readiness Programme Workshop 1

  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Database (Introduction)
  • Programming 2A
  • IT Project Management
  • Web Development (Introduction)
  • Database (Intermediate)
  • Programming 2B
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Work Integrated Learning 2​
  • Information Security
  • Open Source Coding (Introduction)
  • Web Development (Intermediate)
  • Advanced Databases
  • Applied Programming
  • Software Quality and Testing
  • Open Source Coding (Intermediate)
  • Work Integrated Learning 3​
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​.​


Software to be used in your discipline include MS Excel, MS Project, MS Word, MS Power Point and MS Outlook, which come with Office 365 bundle. These can be accessed for free using the FTP file server with your rcconnect email account. In addition, the following can be accessed: Android Studio, Azure, Eclipse for Java EE, GIT, Microsoft Visual Studio, Oracle Database 11g, PHP, SQL Server, CentOs, Microsoft Visio, WAMPSERVE, and Web Expression 4

This factsheet is valid for the 2020 academic year only