Diploma in Tourism Management

Programme Type: Diploma

The purpose of this IIE Diploma in Tourism Management is to equip learners with the relevant theoretical and industry knowledge and competencies that will enable learners to manage a team or department successfully and responsibly within a tourism organisation and/or establish a tourism venture. 

  • Industry: Commerce
  • Duration: 3 years
  • SAQA: 118172
  • NQF: Level 6
  • Credits: 360

This qualification provides learners with focused knowledge of the fundamental elements of the discipline of tourism management, enabling learners to practically apply this knowledge in a way that integrates these elements, ensuring that the skills and competencies needed within the South African tourism industry are met. Qualifying learners are equipped with the skills to function in tourism-related areas such as tourism management, tourism marketing and tourism development.


  • Assistant Tourism Manager
  • Assistant Tourism Marketer
  • Tourism Development Consultant
  • Tourism Destinations Administrator
  • Tourism Product Development Manager
  • Tourism Information Centre Manager
Minimum Admission Requirements EnglishNotes
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 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.
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).


Year 1

  • Digital and Academic Literacies
  • Tourism Management 1A
  • Tourism Marketing 1A
  • Introduction to Quantitative Thinking and Techniques
  • Tourism Marketing 1B
  • Tourism Development 1
  • Events Management
  • Tourism Management 1B


Year 2

  • Tourism Development 2A
  • Tourism Management 2A
  • Tourism Marketing 2A
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Communicative Languages: IsiZulu / IsiXhosa
  • Tourism Management 2B: Tourism Entrepreneurship
  • Tourism Marketing 2B
  • Work Integrated Learning 1


Year 3

  • Tourism Legislation
  • Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Tourism Management 3A: Strategic Tourism Management
  • Strategic Tourism Marketing 3A
  • Niche Tourism
  • Tourism Management 3B Strategic Tourism Management
  • Work Integrated Learning 2
  • Strategic Tourism Marketing 3B

Application Fee

South African 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

Full-Time R1 600
*Tuition Fees

Cash Fee: R30 490
Total Term Fee: R34 350 | Instalment (11 Months) R2 950
Fees for Bloemfontein, Nelson Mandela Bay, Polokwane, Pietermaritzburg: Full Settlement: 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.


​The IIE Diploma in Travel 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: 118172). On successful completion, you will receive a Diploma in Tourism Management from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), a leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.


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 permit issued in the name of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) that covers the duration of your studies.


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


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 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."


​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. 

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