SACAP (the South African College of Applied Psychology) has opened its fourth physical campus in Berea, Durban, thereby increasing tertiary education options in KwaZulu-Natal. There are only two public universities in the greater Durban metropolitan area with its population of 3.8 million. By contrast, Pretoria’s population of 2.1 million has access to 5 public universities.
“With its new 21st Century learning campus, SACAP is highlighting the vital role that private institutions are playing to increase access to higher education while the capacity of public universities falls short of meeting demand,” says SACAP CEO, Lance Katz. “In South Africa, private tertiary education institutions, such as SACAP are required to meet exactly the same standards of regulation and accreditation, so our growing student body is guaranteed of a quality education.”
SACAP has a history of adding robustness and diversity to South Africa’s higher education ecosystem. The college, established more than 20 years ago, provides students with opportunities to launch a wide range of careers focused on understanding human behaviour and building human capacity. These may include careers as psychologists, counsellors, coaches, HR practitioners and many others in related fields. With campuses in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, online and now, Durban, SACAP notches up consistent year-on-year growth and today, has a student body of over 1500.
SACAP’s curriculum uniquely combines rigorous academic knowledge, relevant skills training and work integrated learning. In this regard, the college draws on a wide range of expert, industry-specific educators to guide and support students through their learning process. Katz says: “Our faculty aims to give individual attention, share their knowledge and apply their expertise so that every student has the optimum opportunity to succeed in qualifying as a high performance practitioner who is ready as a whole-person to join the workforce and contribute meaningfully to the country.”
SACAP has a unique educational philosophy, which includes deliberately keeping its classes small and intimate in order to maximise connection and integration as an integral part of the highly interactive learning experience. So important is this philosophy, that it is specifically reflected in the design and architecture of the flagship Durban campus which is located on Peter Mokaba Road in Morningside, Berea.
Phillip Wyatt, Director at InHouse Brand Architects, who designed the buildings says: “We’ve designed inspiring spaces to complement the teaching and learning happening on campus. Coffee bars, lounge and library pods, a game area and numerous quiet reflection spaces are all integrated to enable students to come together easily in different ways, and also find their own special places to be on campus.”
Admissions to SACAP Durban campus are open in October 2018. Three Bachelors degrees are on offer: Bachelor of Applied Social Science (majoring in Psychology and Counselling), Bachelor of Applied Social Science (majoring in Human Resource Management and Psychology) and Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology); as well as a Higher Certificate in Counselling & Communication Skills.
“With high levels of ongoing poverty and inequality, mental health issues are pervasive, and on the rise in South African society. SACAP’s vision is to develop knowledgeable, skilled and work ready practitioners to meet the real needs of the country,” Katz points out, “Over the years, as we have expanded to major cities, we’ve experienced substantial demand for SACAP’s educational offering and opening our first Durban campus is an exciting opportunity to boost mental health expertise and skills in KwaZulu-Natal.”
To find out more visit: SACAP