Applied Psychology

Study online with these 5 accredited courses by SACAP

Feb 28, 2020 | By Laura Wilson

The digital age brings exciting new opportunities in the area of education, with students now having the option to study anywhere and anytime.

Key takeaways

  • Studying online at SACAP goes beyond emulating the experience of classroom learning by employing technology to engage students and educators in novel and exciting ways
  • SACAP offers a range of fully accredited and internationally recognised courses that can be studied online, paving the way for a career in mental health
  • Follow your passion with a degree programme that is grounded within the field of applied psychology with a second major in counselling, business management or human resource management

The fields of education and online learning continue to rapidly evolve by incorporating professional design and immersive technologies to create learning experiences that no longer aim to replicate typical university classrooms, but rather to surpass them.

Studying online at SACAP qualifies you for a wide range of career paths

SACAP, South Africa’s leading provider of counselling and psychology courses, takes the potential of online learning seriously, and has carefully developed online curriculums for the 21st century student. The online courses are fully accredited and internationally recognised, helping to pave the way for a career in the mental health field, while developing invaluable skills that can be applied in a wide variety of career paths.

Here are some of the accredited online courses that you can study at SACAP:

1. Higher Certificate in Counselling and Communication Skills

What is it? This short course is designed to equip you with introductory knowledge and basic counselling and communication skills and also provides an excellent introduction into higher education. As a vocational course, this certificate focuses on building skills and will be useful to anyone who works with people on a day to day basis. Completion of the course also opens further study pathways, such as making you eligible for the Advanced Certificate in Counselling and Communication Skills or into a degree programme.
Duration 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Admission requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate with a minimum of 45% in English, OR
  • A Senior Certificate with higher and/ or standard grade subjects with a minimum of 45% in English, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • Mature students 24 years of age and older who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence to support admission on the basis of SACAP’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Find out more about the Higher Certificate in Counselling and Communication Skills.

2. Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Majoring in counselling and psychology)

What is it? A comprehensive undergraduate qualification that develops critical thinking skills and builds a depth of understanding of psychology, mental health and people in a social context, with a focus on the counselling relationship. Completion of the degree makes you eligible for entry into honours and postgraduate studies that pave the way for a career in mental health.
Duration 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time
Admission requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (Bachelors Pass) with a minimum of 45% in English, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • A Senior Certificate (with Endorsement) with a minimum of a Standard Grade pass in English, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • An NQF Level 5 Certificate, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • Mature students 24 years of age and older who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence equivalent to NQF Level 5 training in an appropriate field of study to support admission on the basis of SACAP’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Applied Social Science.

3. Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Majoring in human resource management and psychology)

What is it? An online course aimed at those interested in psychology as applied in a business context. Human resource management (more typically known as human capital or simply HR) is a highly sought after profession, with the field of talent acquisition and recruitment exploding at the seams with activity and opportunity, especially for psychology graduates. Completion of this course positions you for entry into an honours or postgraduate degree in psychology, as well as providing a solid foundation for pursuing employment in human resource management.
Duration 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time
Admission requirements 

  • A National Senior Certificate (Bachelors Pass) with a minimum of 45% in English, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • A Senior Certificate (with Endorsement) with a minimum of a Standard Grade pass in English, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • An NQF Level 5 Certificate, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • Mature students 24 years of age and older who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence equivalent to NQF Level 5 training in an appropriate field of study to support admission on the basis of SACAP’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Majoring in HRM and Psychology).

4. Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Majoring in business management and psychology)

What is it? A degree focusing on the practical application of psychology principles in a business landscape. Since business success is dependent on how people operate within the business, the insight into human behaviour that psychology provides can grant a significant edge. Business management modules such as economics, accounting, business finance and business law are incorporated into the degree, along with traditional psychology modules. The degree provides a solid foundation for pursuing a career as a business manager or entrepreneur.
Duration 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time
Admission requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (Bachelors Pass) with a minimum of 45% in English, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • A Senior Certificate (with Endorsement) with a minimum of a Standard Grade pass in English, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • An NQF Level 5 Certificate, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • Mature students 24 years of age and older who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence equivalent to NQF Level 5 training in an appropriate field of study to support admission on the basis of SACAP’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.
  • Highly recommended: Numerical competency and data handling

Find out more about the Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Majoring in Psychology and Business Management).

5. Bachelor of Social Science Honours

What is it? This specially designed online degree builds on the skills acquired during undergraduate psychology studies, while providing deeper insight into psychological methods of assessment, diagnosis, interpretation and intervention. It also covers the areas of psychological ethics; and diversity, acceptance and inclusion. Completion of this online degree qualifies you for employment in a wide range of public and private sector enterprises, including community mental health, applied psychology, human resources, education and research. It also makes you eligible for a Masters in Psychology.
Duration 1 year full-time; 18 months part-time
Admission requirements Applicants are required to hold a minimum of an undergraduate degree with a psychology major (or cognate discipline) with a better than average pass (GPA of 65% and above).
Find out more about the Bachelor of Social Science Honours.

The advantage of studying online with SACAP

The major advantage of SACAP’s online learning programme is its work integrated learning, which provides the opportunity to gain practical experience. Having established relationships with over 100 placement sites throughout South Africa, SACAP can assign students to projects that allow them to make a positive difference in people’s lives, with SACAP supervisors on-hand to offer insight and support online.

If you want to find out more about the online learning experience at SACAP, and the courses listed above, you can enquire now.

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