Bachelor Of Arts Majoring in Psychology (376 Credits)


The aim of this programme is to educate students in the theory and practice of psychology and counselling, with focus on personal development, family studies and broader mental health interventions. The programme helps students develop an integrated and relevant counselling praxis within the South African context. It also prepares students for further studies in psychology and trains them in foundational social research skills. During their first year, the students will also take the foundational set of modules, referred to as the ‘Cornerstone Core’. These include History, Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, Economics and Leadership Studies. These modules are embedded with Cornerstone’s core values of inclusivity, excellence, integrity, unity, respect and creativity.

Programme Coordinator

Geraldine Franciscus (M. Psych) is the Head of the Psychology Department at Cornerstone Institute and has over 10 years’ experience in tertiary education. She has a practical interest in the Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy approach and has been involved in the training of mental healthcare workers, occupa-tional therapists, psychiatric nurses and social workers.

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.

Alternative Admission Requirements

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 equiva-lent). The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy for Access and the results of the NBT are determining factors for admission. Con-tact the admissions office regarding RPL. Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the NBT. January and July intakes.

Time Commitment

  • Three years full-time
  • Up to six years part-time
  • No evening classes On-campus and Online January and July intakes

Tuition Cost (click here)


  • Information Skills
  • Psychology I, II and III
  • Counselling I, II and III
  • Philosophy I
  • Leadership Studies I and II
  • Sociology I and II or English I and II or Biblical Studies I and II or Theology I and II or TESOL I and II

See Yearbook for module descriptions and credits.

Work-Integrated Learning

  • Psychology and Community Intervention Fieldwork


Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006; NQF 7; SAQA ID 87406.