This IIE qualification has been developed for individuals who work or intend to work as junior or entry level journalists and who seek recognition for essential competence within the field of journalism. Successful graduates of this qualification would have developed key skills to enable them to write for a variety of journalism texts and report at an entry level. This qualification encompasses both flexibility and accessibility both in its theory andmpractical components, providing basic journalistic skills for entry level positions within the field of journalism.


This IIE qualification offers graduates entry into the journalism industry. Learners who qualify can be employed as junior journalists. Upon completion
of this IIE qualification IIE graduates will be able to write and report in accordance with the requirements of a specific media news enterprise.The core competencies lay the foundation for a person to develop a career in sub-editing, writing and/or reporting both within the journalism industry as well as the broader media industry.



Students of this IIE qualification will learn how to gather information, generate story ideas to present to news editors, receive and interact with story briefs, pursue stories, do research, observe, interview, , evaluate information, communicate to various stakeholders, meet strict deadlines, debrief, inform others, conduct follow-up meetings, develop story plans, write stories, check contexts and gaps in information, send stories to news editors, and follow-up their stories with the news editor, and plan. Competent junior journalists must be able to interact with other reporters, respect roles, have newsgathering instincts, and an insatiable curiosity based on ethical and professional principles. 


Full-time: This is a one-year full-time qualification offered by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Full-time lecturers take place during the day at the following campuses Braamfontein, Pretoria CBD, Durban, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein campuses.


This Higher Certificate is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 123-credit qualification on Level 5 (SAQA ID No: 86886). On successful completion you will receive a Higher Certificate in Journalism qualification from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa. 


  English Notes
NSC: HC pass with30% 
NC(V): HC pass40% 
SC: Endorsement - none33.3% 
SC(a): HC pass withA 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 at least 30% or equivalent for English

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).

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."

.​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.

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

Higher Certificate


  • English Language Skills
  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Digital and Academic Literacies
  • Newswriting Fundamentals
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Journalism Practice
  • Sub-editing 1
  • Work Integrated Learning 

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 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 

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 factsheet is valid for 2020 academic year only