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IIE Diploma in Commerce in Business Management

The qualification focuses on the financial, economic, and business management aspects of commerce.


The lack of adequate management and business management skills in South Africa is one of the contributors to the high failure rate in the small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMME) arena. This diploma in business management course will provide a very important and essential skill set to support national efforts to equip prospective business managers and entrepreneurs to produce better economic results.
The business course focuses on the financial, economic, and business management aspects of commerce, but includes important business-related modules to ensure a balanced perspective of modern corporate business to inform the environment within which the graduates must operate and to ensure a well-rounded qualification


  • Braamfontein
  • Bloemfontein
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Polokwane
  • Pretoria
  • Nelson Mandela Bay 

Course Outline

On Campus

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, Cape Town, Durban, Polokwane,  Bloemfontein and Pretoria CBD.


Year 1

  • Accounting 1A
  • Digital and Academic Literacies
  • Business Management 1A
  • Introduction to Quantitative Thinking and Techniques
  • Business Management 1B
  • Human Resource Management
  • Accounting 1B
  • Introduction to Marketing Theory and Practice

Year 2

  • Economics A (Micro)
  • Financial Management 2A
  • Project Management
  • Business Management 2A
  • Economics B (Macro)
  • Business Management 2B
  • Work Integrated Learning 2
  • Financial Management 2B

Year 3

  • Financial Management 3A
  • Business Management 3A
  • Industrial Relations
  • Risk Management
  • Work Integrated Learning 3
  • Commercial Law
  • Financial Management 3B
  • Business Management 3B


Minimum Admission Requirements

NSC: Diploma with 30%
NC(V): Diploma pass with 40%
SC: Endorsement -none with 33.3%
SC(a): Diploma pass A 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.
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 Exemption - 23 years and older

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.   ​

Mature Age Exemption - 45 years and older

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).

If applicant does not meet minimum admission requirements and there is no alternative (such as completion of NQP modules) but they have relevant experience, the following must be requested to consider admission via RPL:

1. Certificates for all formal (Accredited Higher Education qualifications) and/or informal qualifications/modules (SLP’s, Microcredentials etc). SAQA certificates must be provided for any international qualifications.

2. CV to determine whether the following are related to the qualification that the applicant is applying for:
a.    Formal (Accredited Higher Education qualifications) and/or informal qualifications/modules (SLP’s, Microcredentials etc)
b.    Relevant work experience

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 students

Candidates 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 qualifications

Candidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may be admitted, provided the OQSF qualification has at least 120 credits at NQF Level 5.

IEB International Secondary Certificate

Candidates must have achieved Diploma pass and meet the additional admission criteria (where applicable).
A SAQA Certificate of Evaluation with NQF L4 equivalence is required.

Important Information

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

We've got your back!

All our IIE Rosebank College registered students get free software. 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 online using their RCCONNECT email addresses on office 365 or visit the campus IT Department to get FTP access to download the software.

To get the best out of the blended learning experience, you will need the following minimum requirements: a computer or laptop with WI-FI, Windows 10 or higher, Intel Pentium 4 Processor or Higher, 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or a System on a Chip (SoC), 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit (Or Higher) for your RAM, 16 GB for 32-bit OS 32 GB for 64-bit OS (or Higher) Hard Drive space, DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver for your Graphics card, 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.



R3 392

Full Settlement (Due 28 Feb)

R30 528

Total (Per Annum)

R33 920


R3 864

11 Monthly Installments (Starting 28 Feb)

R3 161

Total (Per Annum)

R38 640


R2 592

Full Settlement (Due 28 Feb)

R23 328

Total (Per Annum)

R25 920


R2 976

11 Monthly Installments (Starting 28 Feb)

R2 435

Total (Per Annum)

R29 760

Course Accreditation

The IIE Diploma in Commerce in Business Management 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:  84787). On successful completion you will receive a Diploma in Commerce in Business Management from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), a leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.


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 by The IIE at IIE Rosebank College, that enable access to higher-level qualifications.  Speak to the student advisor for more information. 

Qualification Overview

IIE Diploma in Commerce in Business Management


3 years

Course Type


Study Options



Level 6