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Foundation Programme (Business, Project Management, Entrepreneurship)


The Foundation Programme (Business, Project Management, Finance & Entrepreneurship) serves as a necessary bridging course between high school and tertiary education. The programme equips students with the foundational skills required for admission to a practical undergraduate higher certificate programme or above. The programme is aimed at assisting students who did not meet the minimum requirement for admission into Higher Education, or to act as a skill strengthening course.


The programme has 3 foundational goals

  • To create a sound learning foundation by expanding the knowledge base and skills of the student in the relevant subject areas.
  • To assist the student in building a strong portfolio of work.
  • Supporting students by introducing and exploring the various areas of specialisation within the relevant field of study.


The primary purpose of the Foundation programme is to provide a suitable foundation for further studies in one the various subject areas covered. The programme will provide students with a strong foundation of project management, business management, finance and entrepreneurship knowledge across industries. At the end of the programme, students are equipped with the foundational knowledge, skill-set and information to further their studies and choose an area of specialisation in one of the related fields.


Who are they designed for?: If you plan to study a practical undergraduate higher certificate without meeting the entry requirements, we recommend completing a foundational programme first. It is important to note the following:

  • The foundational programmes are meant as a bridge into our NQF5 programmes, it is not meant as a exit level
  • The foundational programmes are not accredited by any education quality committee, nor does it carry any NQF level
  • The foundational programme's structure and content follows all moderation and quality assurance policies to ensure a aligned and solid foundation for articulation. 



Features and Benefits


  • Supplementary skills within the project management industry are included to improve job readiness. These include Microsoft Project, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.



  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies. 


  • Job placement assistance through our industry network and online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit for more.



Admission Requirements


  • Grade 12 National Senior Certificate OR 

  • National Certificate (Prior to 2008) OR 

  • Vocational or Further Education Certificate 


IMPORTANT: If you don't meet our minimum entry requirement, you can still apply for special admission, regardless of what formal education you have. Please note that there are terms and conditions for this application, and all approvals will be made at the discretion of Senate.

Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide three models:



  • CORECore Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 8GB
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series, i5, 16GB
  • HIGHHigh Spec, Dell G15 5535, AMD Ryzen 5, 32GB

R16 500.00 Learn More

The laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. 

Core Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 8GB | 12th Generation, Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) | 8GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC RAM | Intel Iris Xe Graphics | M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11 Pro

R18 000.00 Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor heavy tasks.

Medium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 16GB | 12th Generation, Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) | 16GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC RAM | Intel Iris Xe Graphics | M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11 Pro

R26 800.00  Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

Dell G15 5535, AMD RYZEN 5, 32GB | AMD Ryzen 5 7640HS, (22 MB Cache, 6 Core, up to 5.0 GHz) | 32GB (2 x 16GB), DDR5 Non-ECC RAM | Nvidia GeForce RTX3050 6GB GDDR6 Graphics Memory | M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 120hz Refresh Rate, Anti-Glare LED Backlight Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11 Pro

  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    Full Time

    • Full Time, Contact (Hybrid) Learning, 6 Months
    • Full Time, Online Learning, 6 Months
    • Classes conducted over 10 sessions/week (2 hours/session, ± 2.5 days/week)


    • Part Time, Flexi Online Learning, 6 Months
    • Classes conducted after hours over 2-3 sessions/week (on selected Saturdays)

    * Class structures are subject to change without notification. 

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  • Career Options

  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:  


    • Free WIFI (On-Campus only).
    •  Access to our myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets.


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Our Learning Methods

Our learning methods is a technology mediated delivery model, focused on flexibility, accessibility, and academic support to provide the ultimate learning experience without compromising teaching time and quality.

* As per Communique 2 of 2022 from the Council of Higher Education, all programs accredited for contact mode only may be offered in all delivery modes for the 2023 academic year. 





Full Time, Contact
(Hybrid) Learning

A modern twist on traditional face-to-face, full-time learning. Our contact classes are delivered via Hybrid learning, providing students with the flexibility to attend on campus, virtually, or both.

Full Time, Online

Extending our reach with online only, full time learning. Our progressive technology platform and people-supported academic journey giving students access to our classes from anywhere in the world.

Part Time, Flexi Online

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility to manger your own schedule and pace of learning. Sessions are conducted after hours on selected weekdays, and on alternate Saturdays.


Module 1: Introduction to Computer Systems



Module 2: Communication



Module 3: Mathematics Literacy



Module 3: Project Management (Elective)



Module 4: Business Management Principles (Elective)



Module 5: Marketing Practice (Elective)

  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 08 July 2024
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Contact
  • 08 July 2024
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Contact
  • 08 July 2024
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Online
  • 08 July 2024
    15 July 2024
    Part Time, Online

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