Why take this course
This dynamic programme offers advanced levels of academic challenge and builds intellectual independence and research capacity in the principles and methodologies of psychology at a postgraduate level of study.
The one-year qualification has been specifically designed with an emphasis on deepening knowledge, critical thinking skills and analytical insights in psychology and the social sciences.
Our honours programme provides an articulation pathway into either a professional or non-professional master’s degree in a cognate field both locally and internationally.
What you can expect
You’ll get an introductory understanding of:
- Building on knowledge, skills, understanding and insights previously acquired in a cognate undergraduate programme.
- Enhancing high levels of theoretical engagement and intellectual autonomy that includes independent self-managed learning, as well as conducting and reporting on research under supervision.
- Examining and understanding abnormal patterns of behaviour.
- Providing in-depth exposure to psychotherapeutic intervention strategies.
Throughout the programme, you’ll develop knowledge and insight into:
- Psychopathology and use of the DSM-V classification system.
- The application of psychotherapeutic models of intervention through the exploration of different psychotherapeutic approaches and the use of psychotherapy.
- Psychological assessment, diagnosis, interpretation and intervention.
- Evaluating and applying best-fit research design, methodology and analysis.
- A critical understanding of how to approach diversity in a multifaceted country such as South Africa.
- The application of ethics in the broad field of psychology, along with a deep and critical understanding of the values that govern psychology.
Takes your undergraduate qualification to the next level.
Engages South African realities with relevant psychological theories, methods and applications.
Conceptualise and conduct ethically and methodologically sound research.
Who is this course for?
- Want to further your studies and deepen your understanding within the field of psychology.
- Want to enter a master’s degree with a relevant, grounded and well-rounded honours degree.
- Want to study a qualification that comprehensively addresses psychology and the social sciences, as well as relevant psychology theories and modalities at an honours level.
- Want to engage in South African realities meaningfully with relevant psychological theories and methods.
- Participate in a supportive, student-centred and community-oriented learning environment that intentionally promotes interpersonal and interpersonal growth and development.
Graduates will be able to:
The BSocSciHons (Psychology) degree opens up avenues of employment in an extensive range of public and private sector enterprises, including – but not limited to – community mental health organisations, Applied Psychology, human resources, organisational development, industrial relations, education, research, and social development. Within these spheres you will be well equipped to:
- Work critically, analytically, ethically and systematically with a firm grasp of complex intrapersonal, interpersonal, sociocultural, economic and political dynamics.
- Practically apply a range of psychological principles and theories in a variety of contexts.
- Practice effective interpersonal counselling and communication skills in a range of environments with diverse individuals and groups.
- Have the ability to locate, organise and evaluate information from multiple sources, as well as innovatively and creatively problem-solve.
- Participate in research design, analysis, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
You can study this honours degree at our Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg campuses – or on our well-established Online Campuses (Flexi or Live)
Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Psychology modules
- Research Methodology (NQF 8, 20 credits)
- Theory and Practice of Psychopathology (NQF 8, 18 credits)
- Approaches to Diversity in Psychology (NQF 8, 12 credits)
- Ethics in Psychology (NQF 8, 12 credits)
- Research Thesis (NQF 8, 30 credits)
- Psychotherapeutic Models of Intervention (NQF 8, 18 credits)
- Psychological Assessment (NQF 8, 18 credits)
Download our Honours in Psychology descriptor modules here
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
All applicants for this programme are required to undergo a screening and selection process.
- 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/or above in all psychology subjects undertaken in the final year (exit level) 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 into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
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How can I apply?
You will need these docs
- Application form
- Certified copy of your ID
- Certified highest qualification
- A sample of your academic writing
- Addendum and 2 Referee reports
- Proof of application fee of R 600.00
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- Study options: On campus (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban & Cape Town) and Online Flexi
- Duration: 1 year full-time, 4 academic terms (Online Flexi only)
- Modules: 7
- Accreditation: NQF 8, CHE
SACAP Fee Structure
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