Following two successful years of its on-campus postgraduate Psychology Honours offering, SACAP (the South African College of Applied Psychology) has announced that the full study programme has now been made available online.
Given the severely limited postgraduate study options for students with undergraduate degrees in South Africa, SACAP’s Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology Honours (BSocSciHons) has been filling an important higher education gap in the psychology field for students who have been able to attend the courses at its Cape Town and Johannesburg campuses.
“Launching the Honours programme online significantly broadens the opportunity for many other South Africans to pursue a quality, further education in psychology,” says Laura Fisher, SACAP’s Director of Academic Affairs. “It’s a natural expansion of our educational offering that is aligned to SACAP’s mission to provide the country with skilled, expert and ethical practitioners who can positively impact on the mental health issues that are rife in our communities, workplaces, institutions and families.” The BSocSciHons also serves as an important stepping stone for the path to a Masters qualification and a career as a Registered Psychologist.
The course is 18-months, part-time, comprising of seven modules and credits. It is open to candidates who have completed a three-year undergraduate degree with psychology as a major or a cognate discipline. Selection criteria are stringent with a better than average pass of 65% and above as a minimum requirement. Entrance assessments will include academic aptitudes and competencies.
The dynamic programme offers high levels of theoretical and intellectual engagement and helps develop independent self-managed learning. Honours students gain insights and understanding of psychotherapeutic models of intervention through guided exploration of the different approaches and uses of psychotherapy. Knowledge is built in psychological assessment, diagnosis, interpretation and intervention; as well as research design, methodology and analysis. There is also a vital focus on diversity, acceptance and inclusion as central tenets in psychology, and the ethics and values governing modern psychology.
SACAP’s BSocSciHons is registered with the Council of Higher Education and rated at NQF level 8 with the South African Qualifications Authority. Both nationally and internationally, the degree opens up a variety of academic pathways for Masters studies in psychology, the social sciences and other related fields.
As experienced provider of both on-campus and online study programmes, SACAP brings its person-centered educational philosophy to the online learning environment. A Module Facilitator guides Honours students along their learning journey, fostering collaboration, participation and a sense of community. The flexibility and choice offered by online study ensures that students are able to effectively balance their studies with work and family commitments.
SACAP’s BSocSciHons opens up avenues of employment in an extensive range of public and private sector enterprises including but not limited to community mental health, applied psychology, human resources, industrial relations, education, research, and social development.
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