Bachelor Of Arts Majoring in Sociology / Community Development (376 Credits)


This qualification will enable the student to gain an in-depth understanding of sociological theories. The student would be able to analyse and evaluate these theories with reference to issues such as poverty, globalisation, conflict, the environment and gender, with special focus on South Africa and the African continent. The qualification also provides the students with practical community, cross-cultural and 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. The modules are embedded with Cornerstone’s core values of inclusivity, excellence, integrity, unity, respect and creativity.

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 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.

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 Sociology I, II and III
  • Leadership Studies I and II
  • Philosophy I
  • Community Development II and III
  • Psychology I and II or English I and II or Counselling I and II or Biblical studies I and II or Theology I and II or TESOL I and II.

Work-Integrated Learning

  • Sociology Fieldwork

See Yearbook for module descriptions and credits.


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.