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Online learning: 4 programmes for aspiring psychologists

Feb 28, 2020 | By Signpost

If you want to study psychology but can’t get to a campus, the power of technology has enabled a comprehensive and well-supported online learning experience.

The internet has opened a world of possibilities, and one of the areas that is expected to benefit the most in the coming years is that of education. A burgeoning industry has grown around the design and distribution of online courses, with professional designers being tasked with creating user-friendly online material.

Why study online at SACAP?

Although many people want to study psychology at university, it can be difficult for those of us with relatively established lifestyles to further our education. Whether it be due to employment or simply not living close to a university campus, the twentieth century student needs to be able to mold their learning experience around their everyday routine. With this in mind, SACAP brought its fully accredited and internationally recognised short courses and qualifications online. And like many other world leaders in education, forwent simply simulating a classroom setting in favour of adopting the combination of technology and education as an evolution of education as we know it.

A dynamic learning experience

Part of this step into the future is exploring how technology can create interactive and stimulating learning experiences where students feel connected to their classmates and educator. Educators use an array of synchronous (real time) and asynchronous (at different times) teaching tools like webinars, instructional videos and forum discussions to create an environment that is engaging and enriching.

A structured learning experience

The online learning experience includes modules with assessments and deadlines, giving a broad structure that students can plan around. Instead of attending a class at a particular time of the week, the online classroom allows students the flexibility to set out how and when their work for that week will get done. SACAP’s educators are invested in each student and are key to moving the module forward, while also providing direct support whenever it is needed.

Work-integrated learning

One would think that practical experience would be one of the elements missing from an online learning experience. However, SACAP provides for this through over 100 established placement sites throughout the country, while allowing students to connect online with their supervisors, who will provide the necessary support and guidance.


SACAP offers the following courses online:

Higher Certificate in Counselling and Communication Skills
A point of entry into the field of psychology and mental health. The short, 1-year, vocational qualification provides basic counselling and communication skills, and “work-ready” practical training.

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Majoring in Psychology and Counselling)
A three-year undergraduate qualification that is designed to build critical thinking and a depth of understanding of the individual within a social context. It paves the way for admission into an Honours degree or postgraduate studies in psychology.

Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Majoring in Psychology and HRM)
A specialised qualification that applies the field of psychology within the context of a business environment, paving the way for a career in human resource management.

Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology)
Aimed at candidates who have completed a three-year undergraduate degree with psychology as a major, the course builds on skills and knowledge acquired in the undergraduate course by exploring areas such as psychotherapeutic approaches, psychological assessment, research methodology, and ethics in the psychology profession.

If you want to learn more about the online courses on offer at SACAP, and what the SACAP online learning experience entails, you can enquire now.

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