The IIE Diploma in Journalism Studies provides exposure to diverse fields such as photographic journalism, Internet journalism, broadcast journalism, news writing, sub-editing, and magazine and feature writing for learners who wish to pursue a career as a journalist, media specialist, broadcast journalist, or content creator.

 

 

SKILLS YOU WILL DEVELOP

 

The IIE Diploma in Journalism Studies provides students with the opportunity to examine the origins of journalism as well as learn how to do basic research, conduct interviews, write for various media, sub-editing, design layouts and take photographs as a journalist.

 

 

POSSIBLE CAREERS

  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • News Reporter
  • Journalist
  • Blogger

 

DURATION

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

 

THE WEIGHT YOUR FUTURE QUALIFICATION CARRIES

The IIE Diploma in Journalism Studies is 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 6 (SAQA ID No: 84786). On successful completion you will receive a Diploma in Journalism Studies from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), a leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.

 

STUDY FURTHER WITH IIE PATHWAYS

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) offers you the opportunity to start with a diploma and progress into a degree.  There are several pathways offered at IIE Rosebank College that enable access to higher-level qualifications.  Speak to the student advisor for more information. 


Minimum Admission Requirements  English Notes
NSC: Diploma with30% 
NC(V): Diploma pass with 40% 
SC: Endorsement -none with33.3% 
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 cognate Higher Certificate (or equivalent) or Advanced Certificate 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.
Senate Discretionary Admissions Mature Age ExemptionCandidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate or equivalent, 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.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Where candidates do not satisfy the formal admission requirements for this qualification, The IIE may consider an admission application in terms of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning and Qualification Completion Policy (IIE010).
USAf approved cognate foundation programmeCandidates 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).


​Candidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate or equivalent, 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.

​A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with 30% or equivalent in English.

Industry

Humanities

Programme Type

Diploma

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Journalism 1A: Introduction to Journalism
  • Journalism 1B: Media as Industry
  • Writing for Journalism 1A: Introduction to Newswriting
  • Writing for Journalism 1B: Principles and Practice
  • English Language Skills
  • Sub-editing 1
  • Digital and Academic Literacies
  • Work Integrated Learning 1


  • Journalism 2A: Research
  • Journalism 2B: Culture and Ideology
  • Writing for Journalism 2A: Magazine and Feature Writing
  • Writing for Journalism 2B: Opinion and Specialist Writing
  • Sub-editing 2A
  • Sub-editing 2B
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Work Integrated Learning 2


  • Journalism 3A: New Media
  • Journalism 3B: Perspectives in Journalism
  • Writing for Journalism 3A: Investigative Journalism
  • Writing for Journalism 3B: Digital Newswriting
  • Writing for Journalism 3C: Global Citizenship
  • Writing for Journalism 3D: Broadcast Journalism
  • Media Economics
  • Work Integrated Learning 3


IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

To be awarded this qualification, a minimum final year mark of 50% for each module must be achieved.

This factsheet is valid for the 2021 academic year only.

Free software is available to all registered IIE Rosebank College students. The software includes and is not limited to MS Excel, MS Project, MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Outlook, which come with Office 365 bundle. Students can access the software using their RCONNECT email address at FTP//10.118.180.17/.

NB: 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."