Diploma in Public Relations

Programme Type: Diploma

​The IIE Diploma in Public Relations (PR) is designed to provide students with the required communication skills and knowledge that modern businesses now demand new employees entering the workplace by combining public relations skills with business practice. Students will learn how to help organisations build relationships with various stakeholders through distinctive communication practices.

  • Industry: Humanities
  • Duration: 3 years
  • SAQA: 88523
  • NQF: Level 6
  • Credits: 360
SKILLS YOU WILL DEVELOP

This qualification will provide the required communication skills and knowledge that modern businesses demand from employees entering the workplace by combining public relations and business skills. The selection of subjects in this course aims to prepare the student to take up a position in any modern business.

POSSIBLE CAREERS

  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Spokesperson
  • Publicist


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Minimum Admission Requirements EnglishNotes
NSC: Diploma with30% 
NC(V): Diploma pass with 40% 
SC: Endorsement -none with

 

33.3%

 
SC(a): Diploma passA minimum of 30% in LOLT in NSC/ SC(a) OR with a min. of 33.3% in SC.

International:

A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with at least 40% or equivalent for English.

 

Refer to the International Admissions Spreadsheet.

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 AdmissionsMature 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.


COURSE OUTLINE

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

MODULES

Year 1

  • Communication Science 1
  • Digital and Academic Literacies
  • Practice of Public Relations 1A
  • Public Relations 1A
  • Work Integrated Learning 1
  • Marketing Communication
  • Practice of Public Relations 1B
  • Public Relations 1B

Year 2

  • Practice of Public Relations 2A
  • Public Relations 2A
  • Business Management 1A
  • Communication Science 2
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Practice of Public Relations 2B
  • Public Relations 2B
  • Work Integrated Learning 2

Year 3

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Practice of Public Relations 3A
  • Public Relations 3A
  • Strategic Communication
  • Work Integrated Learning 3
  • Communication Science 3
  • Practice of Public Relations 3B

Public Relations 3B


TUITION FEES

APPLICATION FEE

SOUTH AFRICANS CITIZENS

  • Early Bird Application Fee R150 (Payable by 31 December) | Late Application Fee R300 (1 January to 28 February), non-refundable.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICATION FEE

  • Application Fee R3 500

PRE-REGISTRATION FEE

  • *R300 All modes

DEPOSIT

  • Full-Time R1 600

*TUITION FEE

  • Cash Fee: R30 490
  • Total Term Fee: R34 350 | Instalment (11 Months) R2 950 
  • Fees for Bloemfontein, Nelson Mandela Bay, Polokwane, Pietermaritzburg: Cash Fee: R22 990 | Total Term Fee: 25 990, Instalment (11 Months) R2 190. 

*Ts & Cs Apply. Please ensure you consult a student advisor before registering to confirm fee and admission requirements. Returning Students,  please contact your campus for full registration details. Please note all early bird fees expire on 31 December, do take note when you apply or register.



ACCREDITATION

The IIE Diploma in Public Relations 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: 88523). On successful completion you will receive a Diploma in Public Relations from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), a leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

  • you have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned;

  • your equivalent qualification is evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA);

  • you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) that covers the duration of your studies.

  • An USAf Exemption Certificate is required   -   the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

  • To be awarded this qualification, a minimum final year mark of 50% for each module must be achieved.
  • This information is valid for the 2022 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/.
  • The fees for all Online IIE qualifications include prescribed textbooks supplied in e-book format. Where an e-book is not available, the prescribed textbook will be provided in an alternate format.

 PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS FOR BLENDED LEARNING

To get the best out of the blended learning experience, you will need a computer or laptop with WIFI, Windows 8.1 or higher, Intel Pentium 4 Processor or higher, 1Ghz Processor or higher, 4 GB RAM or higher, 3 GB of available disk space, and a screen resolution of a minimum 1280 x 800.

 NB: this information was 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.



PATHWAYS

​The Independent Institute of Education (THE IIE) offers you the opportunity to start with a higher certificate and progress into a diploma or 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. 

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