Higher Certificate In Quantitative Techniques

Programme Type: Higher Certificate

Numeracy skills are important because the ability to work with quantitative data has been identified as a core pillar of the 4th industrial revolution. A grasp of how to work with quantitative information expands career possibilities for learners, giving them an edge in the labour market. This IIE Higher Certificate in Quantitative Techniques course will provide learners with the basic introductory knowledge, cognitive and conceptual tools and practical techniques for higher education studies in quantitative techniques.

  • Industry: Commerce
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • SAQA: 118278
  • NQF: Level 5
  • Credits: 120

This IIE qualification will equip learners with the development of digital tools for decision-making in the work context and skills such as applied numeracy, logical thinking, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills to prepare learners for entry-level careers in the workplace.

Furthermore, the qualification will promote the development of the following skills:

  • Basic mathematical calculations
  • Using numeric digital platforms
  • Basic statistical calculations
  • Representing data in different ways
  • Expressing business problems mathematically


 Business Administrator

Junior Administration Assistants

Junior Quantitative Analyst

Junior Economic Analyst.

Minimum Admission Requirements EnglishNotes
NSC: HC pass with30% 
NC(V): HC pass 40% 
SC: Endorsement -none



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 Level 4 equivalence with at least 30 % or equivalent for English.
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).
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 minimum score of 145 out of 200 for all 4 GED subjects.
OQSF QualificationsCandidates with an OQSF Level 5 or N4-N6 qualifications or combination of N3 and SC subjects, or an NSC (FET Colleges) with N3 subjects may be admitted to Higher Certificate Studies.


  • Digital and Academic Literacies
  • Introduction to Quantitative Thinking and Techniques
  • Critical Reasoning and Logic
  • Introduction to Economic Concepts
  • Quantitative Decision-Making
  • Statistical Concepts
  • Fundamental Accounting Concepts and Practices
  • Work Integrated Learning



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


  • Application Fee R3 500


  • *R300 All modes


  • Term Fee Deposit *R 850 (IIE Online only, per module)


  • R2 890


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.

*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. 


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 120 credit qualification on Level 5 (SAQA ID NO: 118278). On successful completion, you will receive a Higher Certificate in Quantitative Techniques 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);

  • International students, not in South Africa, enrolled for qualifications accredited and registered in the distance mode, and not receiving regular tuition support on the campuses do not require a study visa. However, if they are in South Africa while studying, or coming to the country for workshops, they must be in possession of the relevant visa documents.

  • 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.

  • 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 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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