Bachelor of Arts | Psychology & Counselling
( Minimum 3 years; minimum 360 credits; NQF 7)
- National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent
- A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent
- A Higher Certificate or Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field
- Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent
- National Benchmark Test (NBT) results
- A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the NBT results
- Mature age of 23 and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent). The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy for access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL
- Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT
Applicants in the first category under Alternative Admission Requirements must register for the Extended Programme for Academic Development. The Programme extends the completion of the prescribed subjects over a minimum of four years.
Students who are admitted on the basis of prior learning and who want to complete the degree in three years, but who fail more than 20% of modules taken during the first semester, are required to take the first year over two years.
The BA aims to provide access for those who have completed Grade 12 to a degree programme equipping them with skills to be more effective leaders in the community in the areas of Psychology, Theology, Media Studies, Alternative Education and Sociology and Community Development. In addition to a career path for sociologists, psychologists, and media specialists. The programme is also intended to provide students who are considering a career as teachers to advance to a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education with the required teaching subjects at an undergraduate level.
BA students must choose between a major in Psychology, Sociology, Theology, Alternative Education or Media Studies. Each focus has its own specified core and elective modules from the curriculum below. Outcomes are set for each area of focus, as outlined below. Each module within the curriculum also has its own set of outcomes.
Psychology students who have completed the qualification must be able to:
- Understand the principles, concepts, history and major approaches in psychology
- Identify psycho-social problems and understand the insights, theories and methods psychology provide for dealing with them
- Understand how psycho-social insights and methods should be utilised in the various spheres of mental health in South Africa
- Have an understanding of how and when to refer people to other agencies more suited to handling problems of a psycho-social nature
- Develop, implement and evaluate psychologically-based training programmes
- Engage critically with current debates in psychology on contemporary issues
- Conduct appropriate basic research into psycho-social questions.