Varsity college Bcom Law
FULL TIME PROGRAMME
Bachelor of Commerce (Law)
The IIE Bachelor of Commerce degree is accredited by the Higher Education Quality Council (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 376-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 93729).
WHO IS THIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE AIMED AT?
This Bachelor of Commerce in Law (BCom Law) degree is aimed at students who are keen to study a broad-based commerce degree along with the opportunity to specialise in business management, strategic financial planning and the governing rules of South African law.
This degree will appeal to you if the world of business and law hold your interest.
WHAT IS THE ACCREDITATION STATUS OF THIS DEGREE?
The IIE has been internationally recognised and accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. For more information please visit http://www.the-bac.org/
WHAT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS WILL I NEED TO STUDY THIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE?
A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)) with bachelor’s degree admission, or a Senior Certificate (SC) with endorsement/ exemption or equivalent. A minimum of 50% in English, the of teaching and learning or first additional language is required)
A Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate or a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in a cognate discipline; International students will need a HESA Certificate of Exemption.
(http://he- enrol.ac.za )
(Note: students must be competent in English, the language of instruction)
If you have not met these minimum entry requirements but have a NSC with higher certificate or diploma entry into higher education, you may wish to consider registering for The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies (HCLS) first as a pathway to this degree.
NATIONAL BENCHMARK TESTS (NBT)
The National Benchmarking Tests (NBTs) are a series of tests designed to measure the academic readiness of students wishing to undertake undergraduate degree programmes. All applicants for full-time IIE degree studies are required to write the NBT AQL and to submit their score prior to registration at Varsity College.
All applicants for The IIE undergraduate degree studies, including international students, are required to write the Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL) – National Benchmark Test (NBT), unless they have attained the age of 23 by the time they register. The AQL – NBT is used for placement in student support programmes and does not replace the admission requirements for a specific degree programme.
Applicants who achieve an AQL score between 62% and 52% will be supported through access to the two IIE Developmental Modules (Introduction to Scholarship modules (ITSA and ITSB)) on the VCLearn online platform. Applicants who achieve a score of 51% and below will have additional timetabled lectures in the two IIE Developmental Modules at an additional cost. Applicants who do not write the AQL – NBT prior to admission will automatically be registered for ITSA and ITSB whether or not these are credit bearing modules in their qualifications. These candidates may, on provision of an AQL – NBT score of 51% or above, be exempted from one or both the modules if and only if these are not credit bearing modules in their qualifications. For candidates who are completing the modules as a result of the low AQL – NBT score or who did not provide an AQL – NBT score, successful completion of ITSA and ITSB is a pre-requisite for registering for any third year modules and thus any student who has not completed ITSA or ITSB in their first year of study will be required to do so in their second year. Where ITSA or ITSB is credit bearing in the qualification concerned, successful completion of one or both (depending on the curriculum structure) is also a graduation requirement.
WHAT MUST I PASS IN ORDER TO GRADUATE WITH THIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE?
You need to pass all the compulsory and elective modules which comprise this degree.
WITH WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I GRADUATE?
You will graduate with the degree – Bachelor of Commerce in Law
WHAT CAREER AREAS CAN I PURSUE ONCE I HAVE COMPLETED THIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE WITH VARSITY COLLEGE?
This degree will open up an attractive range of career options; this degree is an ideal stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of business related career opportunities that include:
WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO STUDY FURTHER TO OBTAIN A POSTGRADUATE QUALIFICATION ONCE I HAVE COMPLETED THE IIE BCOM (LAW) DEGREE?
The IIE BCom (Law) degree is accredited by the South African Council on Higher Education and registered on the South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7 – the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees at South African universities. The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or honours degree at any South African university exists subject to specific programme entrance requirements.
AFTER MY DEGREE, HOW CAN I STUDY FURTHER?
One of the attractions of the BCom (Law) is the prospect of combining this degree with a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree – a combination that we know is sought after in the marketplace and highly attractive to potential employers.
The BCom (Law) degree lends itself to articulation to an LLB degree, and it is designed with that possibility in mind.
HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THESE FURTHER STUDY OPPORTUNITIES?
As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you to explore the possible postgraduate options that align to your chosen career area. Each year we also provide our students with a postgraduate information pack. It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.
HOW IS THIS BACHELOR’S DEGREE STRUCTURED AT VARSITY COLLEGE?
The IIE BCom (Law) degree is a three year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday.
In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own study plan as well as research and work on assignments. Learning material is of the highest quality and offers students a blended learning experience where the face-to-face teaching sessions are supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content/study material, relevant current textbooks and assessments.
To gain the most from the blended learning experience and VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) mobile device – netbook, laptop or tablet – to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the three years of this degree.
WHAT ABOUT TIMETABLES?
Our full-time programmes are aimed at students wishing to dedicate themselves to full-time face-to-face studies for the duration of their qualification. This means that students are expected to be available for classes during the morning and/or afternoon throughout the academic year depending on how the timetable is structured. Unfortunately, students are not necessarily able to select a morning or afternoon format to suit their personal circumstances.
We absolutely encourage students to take up part-time employment outside of class time, weekends and in the evenings, but full-time students must prioritise their studies and avoid committing to work schedules until after they have received their timetables and academic calendar from the institution, to ensure that the two do not clash, with the understanding however, that their studies must still take priority over work, and that timetables remain subject to change throughout the year.
While we strive to offer time efficient timetables (where classes are grouped together into the morning or the afternoon), we cannot guarantee that either format will necessarily be available for all programmes every semester. Where students are repeating modules, these modules may be offered in the evenings or Saturdays.
Students are required to attend classes or, should the module be offered online or via distance, workshops may be provided. Students may also be required to write assessments or submit coursework or assignments outside of normal class time.
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