SACAP - The South African College of Applied Psychology

SACAP’s BPsych degree is a professional qualification that leads to registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Registered Counsellor.

The BPsych degree empowers you with knowledge and essential “work-ready” counselling and communication skills to provide short-term supportive counselling, psycho-education and psychological assessment for the purpose of protecting and promoting psychological wellbeing with individuals and families in diverse community settings.

The BPsych develops a thorough grounding in the knowledge, theory and principles of the profession of psychology and builds high intellectual independence and research capacity in the methodology and techniques of psychology.

At a Glance

Availability On Campus (Johannesburg, Cape Town)
Duration 4 years, full-time only
Intakes 1 Intake per year
Modules and Credits 32 modules
Practicum 720 hours including supervision
NQF 8, CHE and HPCSA accredited

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Is this course for me?

If you say yes to any of the following points, then the BPsych could just be the perfect fit for you.

Do you?

  • Want an HPCSA-accredited qualification to become a Registered Counsellor.
  • Have an interest in social transformation and a concern for the needs of people living in South Africa.
  • Have a desire to provide accessible psychological services that address a range of psychosocial challenges in diverse community settings.
  • Want to gain practical experience as part of your studies to increase your expertise and confidence for a career as a Registered Counsellor
  • Want the depth and breadth of an Honours equivalent professional degree with a strong applied learning component.
  • Want to develop high intellectual independence and research capacity of psychology.
  • Want a qualification that will give you multiple academic pathways for Masters studies in psychology, the social sciences or related fields.

What will I learn?

Throughout the BPsych degree you’ll develop critical thinking skills and gain a depth of understanding into:

  • Psychology, mental health and people in a social context including personality and developmental paradigms for understanding individual and group behaviour.
  • Psychological challenges and models for understanding behaviour and intervention.
  • Diversity and cross-cultural dynamics in the South African context.
  • Ethics in psychology.

You will also develop:

  • Counselling and interpersonal communication skills, including referral and management strategies in accordance with the HPCSA’s guidelines for good professional practice.
  • Essential skills to protect and promote psychological wellbeing and enhancement of personal functioning
  • Skills to design, implement, monitor and evaluate programmes with a focus on training individuals, families and communities to develop strong, collaborative and supportive partnerships within community contexts.
  • Competence in applied planning and intervention within a community setting, including psycho-education, psychosocial health promotion, applied mental health intervention and community based care.
  • Practical experience through the practicum component of the programme.
  • An aptitude in research design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Competence in psychological screening, primary mental status screening and basic psychological assessment.

What can I do with this qualification?

You will be able to work in professional practice as a Registered Counsellor. This means that, working together with multi-professional teams, you can:

  • Provide short-term supportive counselling services to protect and promote psychological wellbeing.
  • Perform psychological screening, primary mental status screening, basic assessment and referral and management strategies.
  • Promote psychosocial health and community based care with individuals, families and communities in diverse settings.
  • Perform primary mental health interventions.
  • Participate in the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of psychologically-based programmes that are appropriate for individuals or groups in community contexts.
  • Participate in policy formulation based on various aspects of psychological theory and research.
  • Train and supervise other Registered Counsellors.

What further study pathways are open to me?

Once you have successfully finished the BPsych degree, you’ll be eligible for admission into a Master’s degree in psychology, the social sciences or related fields – both nationally and internationally.

Selection process

SACAP has a limited intake of 20 students per campus per year into this programme. Acceptance into this programme is subject to a selection process that includes:

  • Round one: Paper application – meeting the minimum entrance requirements.
  • Round two: Individual interview.

Minimum entrance requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate (Bachelor Pass) with an achievement rating of 5 (Substantial Achievement, 50-59%) or better in 6 designated subjects OR
  • A Senior Certificate with endorsement, or at least a Conditional Exemption, passed in at least 4 subjects with a minimum of a Standard Grade pass in English and Maths/Maths Literacy, or evuivalent qualification, OR
  • An NQF Level 5 Certificate, or equivalent qualification
  • Mature students 23 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.