Bachelor of Commerce | Industrial Psychology

(Minimum 3 years, 374 credits)


This qualification equips students to be effective business and community leaders with specific skills in human resource management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and economics.

Time commitment

Two intakes: January and July
Full or part-time
Minimum 3 years, maximum 6 years.

Mode of Delivery



Registered as Cornerstone Institute with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration Certificate 2001/HE08/006, SAQA ID 99752.

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Admission requirements

  • National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent
  • A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent
  • A Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field
  • National Benchmark Test (NBT) results
  • The prior qualification must include a minimum of 50% in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy.
  • A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with the results of the NBT 
  • 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 4 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 purpose of the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree is to provide a broad but solid educational foundation to students in the field of commerce, including various key discipline areas such as business management, economics, entrepreneurship, marketing management, industrial psychology, arts management and sports management. The qualification has been designed to provide the knowledge base, practical competence and application skills that may enable students to either enter the labour market, start ventures or to pursue further studies in this field. 

Industrial Psychology students who have completed the qualification must be able to:

  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, principles and contemporary issues related to human behaviour in the world of work, including the foundational components, major theories, models and research techniques in industrial psychology
  • Utilize a variety of theories on vocational choice, career development and management for application in the business sector 
  • Challenge and encourage employees to reach their full potential
  • Apply ergonomic principles to design tools, machines, equipment and workstations for optimal human performance in the workplace
  • Use psychometrics, knowledge of the essence of measurement and the development of measuring instruments, as well as measuring procedures, to apply measurement procedures, the statistical analysis of measurements and decision-making based on measurements  
  • Analyse aspects that influence purchasing decisions of consumers and the main determinants of consumer purchasing in terms of external factors (e.g. culture, social, lifestyle, reference group, family influence) and internal factors (e.g. personality, motivation, perception, learning, attitude, ethics)
  • Utilise the latest techniques, legislation and practices needed to address the challenges in human resource management in the workplace in South African
  • Effectively manage the procurement, development, maintenance and leadership of human resources and the relevant procedures and policies that are implemented to ensure optimal utilisation of the HR function 
  • Manage employee relations (labour relations) as an integral part of everyday business management with specific reference to the South African context 
  • Identify and analyse training needs, design and implement training programmes and interventions that meet the developmental needs of employers and employees 
  • Differentiate between various modes of delivering training programmes and the transformational purposes underpinning the skills development legislation in South Africa
  • Understand the role and impact that individual behaviour (e.g. emotions, perceptions, values, attitudes, motivation) and group behaviour (e.g. teamwork, communication, leadership, power, politics, conflict, negotiation) have on organizational effectiveness
  • Integrate theoretical HR modalities and practical HR skills. 

Compulsory Subject for all Options

Rules of Combination for the Bachelor of Commerce (NQF 7, 374 credits)

  • Academic Development I (16 credits)
  • Citizenship I (18 credits)
  • Accounting I (24 credits)
  • Business Management I (48 credits)
  • Economics I (24 credits)
  • Industrial Psychology I (24 credits)
  • Citizenship I (18 credits)
  • Business Management II (32 credits)
  • Citizenship I (18 credits)
  • Business Management II (32 credits)
  • Citizenship 1 (12 credits)
  • Business Management III (44 credits)

Rules of Combination

Bachelor of Commerce (NQF 7, 374 credits)

Option 3: Industrial Psychology


(first year, 130)

  • Academic Development I (16 credits)
  • Citizenship I (18 credits)
  • Accounting I (24 credits)
  • Business Management I (48 credits)
  • Industrial Psychology I (24 credits)


(second year, 128)

  • Economics I continue (basic 24 credits)
  • Citizenship I (basic 24 credits)
  • Business Management II (32 credits)
  • Industrial Psychology II (32 credits)
  • Elective (16 credits)


(third year, 116)

  • Citizenship 1 (basic 12 credits)
  • Business Management III (44 credits)
  • Industrial Psychology III (48 credits)
  • Elective (12 credits)

For a description of each module, see ‘Module descriptions’ towards the end of this document.


• Business Management I, II and III.
• Accounting I, Economics I, Industrial Psychology I.
• Two majors from Entrepreneurship, Industrial Psychology, Marketing Management, Arts Management and Sports Management
• One minor from the remaining subject.
• Work-integrated project in the major of your choice.

Work-Integrated Learning

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