Bachelor of Psychology
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Study a Bachelor of Psychology in 2023
SACAP’s Bachelor of Psychology is an honours-equivalent professional qualification that leads to registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Registered Counsellor.
This four-year degree will empower you with theoretical knowledge and practical counselling and communication skills to provide short-term supportive counselling, psycho-education and psychological assessment in order to protect and promote psychological wellbeing in individuals and families in diverse community settings.
It also provides a thorough grounding in the knowledge, theory and principles of the profession of psychology and seeks to build high intellectual independence and research capacity in the methodology and techniques of psychology.
Successful BPsych graduates are well-positioned for admission into professional or academic masters in psychology and cognate fields locally and internationally.
Course on offer
Our Bachelor of Psychology Degree gives you the knowledge and essential practical skills for providing good quality psychological care to people at a primary mental health care level.
A professional qualification that leads to registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Registered Counsellor.
- Study Options: Only available on campus (Cape Town and Johannesburg)
- Duration: 4 years, full-time only
- Accreditation: NQF 8, CHE, SAQA and HPCSA accredited
This is a four-year professional programme that is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), and as such all applicants are required to undergo a screening and selection process which includes a selection interview in addition to meeting the minimum entrance requirements.
Acceptance into this programme is limited to maximum 20 students per approved campus per academic year.
- A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate (Vocational) with an achievement rating of 4 (Adequate Achievement 50-59%) or better in 6 designated subjects including Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy and English. OR
- Senior Certificate (Pre- 2008) with Endorsement, with English and Mathematics/Maths Literacy passed at Standard Grade or better, or an equivalent school-leaving certificate. OR
- A Higher Certificate (NQF level 5), a SAQA verified equivalent qualification, Advanced Certificate, or Diploma in a cognate field.
Applicants 24 years of age and older who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence demonstrating formal, informal, and non-formal knowledge, training, work experience, and/or learning equivalent to an NQF level 5 qualification to support admission into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
As a successful graduate, you will be eligible for admission into a master’s degree in psychology, the social sciences or related fields – both nationally and internationally. You will also be able to work in professional practice as a Registered Counsellor. This means that working together with multi-professional teams, you can:
- Provide short-term supportive counselling services to protect and promote psychological well-being.
- Perform psychological screening, primary mental status screening, basic assessment and referral and management strategies.
- Promote psychosocial health and community-based care with individuals, families and communities in diverse settings.
- Perform primary mental health interventions.
- Participate in the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of psychologically-based programmes that are appropriate for individuals or groups in community contexts.
- Participate in policy formulation based on various aspects of psychological theory and research.