Applied Psychology

7 Ways in which SACAP differs from other public educational institutions

Sep 07, 2017
Ways in which SACAP differs from other public educational institutions

Graduating as confident and work-ready is just one of the characteristics that set SACAP apart from more traditional study institutions. Here are six more.

Graduating as a confident “work-ready” practitioner is of just one of the defining characteristics that set the South African College of Applied Psychology apart from larger, more traditional educational institutions. The college also places great emphasis on nurturing each individual’s potential, as well as the importance of developing the intellectual, practical and emotional skills needed to effect positive change where it is needed most.

Academic Manager Claire Smyth provides seven ways in which both the College’s work-integrated learning model and its person-centred educational philosophy effectively give SACAP students the edge over their fellow graduates…

1. Academic rigour and applied skills

“Graduating confident ‘work-ready’ students is of key importance to us,” Smyth emphasises, explaining that it is for this reason that SACAP combines an academically rigorous curriculum with a strong emphasis on the ability to apply knowledge through the training of relevant skills.

2. Accredited qualifications and a reputation for excellence

Smyth explains: “SACAP’s qualifications are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Furthermore, our Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych) degree is accredited by the country’s regulatory body, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).”

3. Small classes, big thinking

“We keep our classes deliberately small, which encourages active participation and engagement between students, their peers, and their educators,” says Smyth, adding that this interactive and experiential learning is a core feature of SACAP’s educational philosophy.

4. Expert training from the experts

“Regardless of whether a student chooses to study psychology, counselling or coaching, SACAP’s educators are experts in their respective fields and bring to the classroom a wealth of professional experience and knowledge,” says Smyth.

5. Hands-on experience while you study

SACAP’s work-integrated learning is where a student’s training really comes to life, she adds. “Many of our qualifications include supervised practical placements that cover a diverse range of settings, which students can match to their chosen field of interest, be it working with adolescents, or in addiction or trauma counselling, and more. This way, they will get invaluable practical experience before they graduate, building their confidence and honing their skillset for the workplace.”

6. More study options with fewer excuses

“Our various study plans make it easier to choose an option that works best for you,” Smyth explains. SACAP has three intakes per academic year and students can choose to study either full-time or part-time. The college also has campuses located in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria, and students also have the option to study a number of our qualifications online.

7. Develop your potential and make a difference

Finally, says Smyth, SACAP’s person-centred educational philosophy creates an opportunity for students to develop the intellectual, practical and emotional skills they need to effect positive change where it is needed most. “Ultimately, SACAP is inspired by the vision of an empowered society, knitted by confident, self-aware individuals in healthy relationship with self, family and community. Key to realising this dream is to empower our students to develop in themselves in order to positively impact the lives of others.”

If you seek to grow yourself while at the same time make a positive difference in your community, and society as a whole, why not join the SACAP family? Register now or, for more information, email our Student Admissions Department or enquire now.

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