Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Psychology [BPsych Equivalent Programme]
next intakeTerm 1
Applications Open1 July 2022
Applications Close30 September 2022
duration18 months, full-time only
practicum6-months full-time (720 hours), including supervision
accreditationNQF 8, CHE, HPCSA
Why take this course
Our Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Psychology [BPsych Equivalent Programme] is ideal for those who want to build on their three-year undergrad degree with psychology as a major. It has all the academic elements of an honours degree in psychology, including research, as well as the professional training needed for the work of a Registered Counsellor in South Africa.
The programme’s focus is on ethical short-term supportive counselling, psycho-education and psychological assessment with the aim of protecting and promoting psychological wellbeing of individuals and families in the diverse communities of South Africa.
This qualification also provides multiple academic pathways for academic or professional master’s degree studies in psychology both nationally and internationally.
What you can expect
Throughout the qualification, you’ll develop high levels of theoretical engagement and intellectual autonomy that leads to robust theoretical understanding in the following areas:
- What it means to be a Registered Counsellor with a focus on the unique Scope of Practice of a Registered Counsellor.
- Psychological screening, basic assessment and psychological interventions aimed at enhancing personal functioning in a variety of contexts.
- How to provide psychological interventions with individuals and groups.
- How to promote mental health through developing and presenting life skills training and psycho-education workshops.
- How to evaluate and apply best fit research design, methodology and analysis for community-based research.
- Diversity and cross-cultural dynamics in the South African context.
- The ethical rules, regulations, guidelines and policies that govern the profession of psychology in South Africa.
You will be able to register professionally with the HPCSA and work in professional practice as a Registered Counsellor. This means that you can:
- Provide psychological services that are focused on prevention and primary intervention for psychological difficulties in diverse community contexts as well as the promotion of mental health.
- Perform psychological screening, basic assessment and psychological interventions with individuals and groups, aimed at enhancing personal functioning.
- Provide preventative and developmental counselling services for individuals and groups.
- Provide psycho-education and mental health promotion on a range of topics.
A powerful professional training course set at an honours level.
Combines a degree in psychology with the requirements for professional registration as a Registered Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of Psychology (HPCSA).
Who is this course for?
- Have an interest in social transformation and a concern for the mental health care needs of people living in South Africa.
- Want an honours degree that has professional recognition from the HPCSA that enables you to write the board exam to become a Registered Counsellor.
- Want a qualification that will prepare you for the Scope of Practice of a Registered Counsellor and enable you to work with people at a community level.
- Want to conduct community-based research, under the supervision of a professional, in your area of interest.
- Want a qualification that will give you multiple academic pathways for master’s studies in clinical, counselling, educational or research psychology, the social sciences or related fields such as psychometry.
SACAP’s BPsych Equivalent Programme provides multiple academic pathways for master’s degree studies in psychology both nationally and internationally, including becoming a psychologist.
Selection Week Details
- Selection Week: 17 – 21 October (CT campus). Outcomes sent to applicants by 21 Oct
- Selection Week: 24 – 28 October (JHB campus). Outcomes sent to applicants by 28 Oct
- Selection Week: 31 – 4 November (PTA campus). Outcomes sent to applicants by 4 Nov
- Research Methodology (NQF 8, 20 credits)
- Theory and Practice of Psychopathology (NQF 8, 18 credits)
- Multiculturalism and Diversity: Challenges for the Registered Counsellor (NQF 8, 12 credits)
- Ethics in Practice (NQF 8, 12 credits)
- Psychotherapeutic Models of Intervention (NQF 8, 18 credits)
- Research Thesis (NQF 8, 30 credits)
- Psychometric Assessment for the Registered Counsellor (NQF 8, 18 credits)
- Psychometric Practice (NQF 8, 10 sessions)
- Practicum (NQF 8, 720 hours)
Download the Honours [BPsych Equivalent] descriptor modules here
British Accreditation Council (BAC)
SACAP is fully accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) as an Independent Higher Education Institution
The BAC accreditation is a globally recognised hallmark of quality assurance, and achieving this accreditation demonstrates that we have met the high standards set by the BAC. This accreditation is validation of our commitment to excellence and our mission to provide our students with a world-class education that prepares them for success in their future careers.
Our students can be assured that their education provider has met a gold standard. To maintain BAC accreditation SACAP needs to continue to meet BAC’s standards. BAC ensure that colleges, universities and training providers provide high quality education and a great learning experience for students.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
All applicants for the Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Psychology [BPsych Equivalent Programme] are required to undergo a screening and selection process. As per the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s requirements, the maximum number of applicants accepted into this programme is limited to 15 students per approved campus, i.e. Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria campuses.
- A minimum of an appropriate Bachelor’s degree (NQF Level 7) or appropriate Advanced Diploma with a Psychology major, having achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 65% and above in all Psychology subjects undertaken in the exit level/final year of study OR
- 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 in a cognate field of study equivalent to an NQF Level 7 qualification to support admission to the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
As this is a South African registered professional programme, preference will be given to South African citizens wishing to apply for this programme.
Foreign nationals wishing to apply for this programme will need a valid and specific study visa for the full duration of the programme, and will be required to liaise with the HPCSA in order to learn of any particular requirements, including obtaining a valid working visa, in order to register and practice as a Registered Counsellor in South Africa.
See SACAP’s full Admissions Policy here
Intake / selection process
- As per the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s requirements, the maximum number of applicants accepted into the Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Psychology [BPsych Equivalent Programme] is limited to 15 students per approved campus, i.e. Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria campuses.
- Acceptance is subject to a stringent selection process that includes, inter alia: applicants meeting the minimum entrance requirements, completion of application forms, assessment of academic and non-academic aptitudes and competencies, interview with a panel and final selection interviews.
How can I apply?
You will need these docs
- Application form
- Certified copy of ID
- Highest qualification (Academic transcripts)
- 2 x Referee reports
- Application fee for 2020 was R600
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- Campus options: On campus (Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria)
- Duration: 18 months, full-time only
- Modules: 9 modules
- Accreditation: NQF 8, CHE accredited and HPCSA approved
- Practicum: 6-months full-time (720 hours), including supervision
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