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Bachelor of Psychology (Counselling) (60007)

Holders of this degree qualify for registration as Registered Counsellors with the Professional Board for Psychology of the Health Professions Council of South Africa provided that they pass an examination set by the Professional Board for Psychology.


Candidates must comply with the requirements for admission to degree studies. Candidates must first be admitted to the BA Psych programme and complete 90% of the number of credits prescribed for the first two years (including all psychology and related helping professions modules) before they can be considered for admission to the BPsych (Counselling) programme. All candidates shall be subject to selection and the degree shall be obtained by completing the modules, practical work, and a six-month practicum. The programme shall extend over at least four years of study (including the six-month practicum).

Level 1 (120 credits):

Fundamental modules:

  • Computer Literacy 1.1
  • Kommunikasie in Afrikaans 1 and (12 credits from any language modules)
  • Kommunikasie in Afrikaans 2 or
  • Taal en teks and
  • Taal en konteks or
  • Practical English and
  • Practical English or
  • Professional English or
  • Xhosa for beginners 1 and
  • Xhosa for beginners 1

Core modules (Psychology):

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Adult Development and Ageing
  • Psychology as a Profession
  • Industrial and Organisational Psychology

Core modules (Related Helping Professions):

  • The Professional helping process and intervention
  • Professional relationships and communication skills

Elective modules (Psychology) (Two of):

  • Applied child and adolescent development
  • Applied adult development and ageing
  • Psychology in education and training
  • Psychology: African perspectives
  • Sport psychology

Elective modules (Other disciplines) (minimum of 24 credits):(Please note admission to elective modules may be restricted - all elective modules must be chosen in consultation with the BPsych programme team)

  • Computing Fundamentals 1.2
  • Sociology: An Introduction (For Professionals)
  • Groups and Organisations
  • Social Structure and Change
  • Understanding Cultural Diversity A
  • Understanding Cultural Diversity B
  • Human Origins
  • Stratification in Human Culture and Society
  • Introduction to Xhosa Culture
  • Introduction to Communication Studies (a)
  • Introduction to Communication Studies (b)
  • Cultural Studies: Classical Greek Culture
  • Cultural Studies: Classical Roman Culture
  • Cultural Studies: Contemporary (a)
  • Cultural Studies: Contemporary (b)
  • Introduction to Media Studies
  • Introduction to Film Studies (a)
  • Introduction to Film Studies (b)
  • Approaches to Poetry
  • Approaches to Narrative
  • Approaches to Drama
  • Theory and Practice: Literature and Film
  • Introduction to Literature (Eng. L2)
  • Introduction to Literature (Eng. L2)
  • Taal en Teks
  • Taal en Konteks
  • Inleiding tot Afrikaanse Poësie
  • Inleiding tot Afrikaanse Prosa
  • Practical Xhosa and
  • Practical Xhosa
  • Youth Studies and Youth Work 1
  • Integrated Professional Helping
  • Community Partnerships
  • African Traditional Healing
  • African Traditional Medicine
  • Introduction to Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to the Business Functions
  • Anatomy and Physiology Main Code
  • Organisation of the Human Body
  • Principles of Support and Movement
  • Special Senses, Digestive System, Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Defence Mechanisms and Reproduction
  • Physiology Main Code
  • Organisation of the Human Body, Support and Movement
  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Digestive Systems, Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Urinary System, Acid-Base, Senses and Hormones
  • Nervous System, Brain, Defence Mechanisms

[1]The University Access Assessment Battery is used to determine whether or not the University Practice module is compulsory for a candidate.

Level 2 (127 credits):

Fundamental modules:

  • Statistical methods in behavioural sciences
  • Entrepreneurship

Core modules (Psychology):

  • Social psychology
  • Coping skills
  • Health psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychometrics
  • Psychological research methods
  • Applied health psychology
  • One of:
    • Stereotype and prejudice reduction
    • Conflict resolution

Core modules (Related Helping Professions):

  • Group work theory and intervention
  • Group work practice skills (1)

Elective modules (other disciplines): (minimum of 18 credits) All elective modules must be chosen in consultation with the BPsych programme team.

  • Social and Environmental Issues
  • Organisation and Group Dynamics
  • Contemporary Labour Studies
  • Labour Relations Skills Training
  • Cultural Dynamics
  • Managing Cultural Diversity
  • Health and Healing in Cross-cultural Perspective
  • Marriage, Family and Kinship in Cross-cultural Perspective
  • Communication Studies (a)
  • Communication Studies (b)
  • Business Management (Marketing Man.)
  • Business Man. (Logistic/Purchasing Man.)
  • Anatomy and Physiology Main Code
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System, Urinary System and Acid-base
  • Somatic and Autonomic Nervous System
  • Brain and Integration of Brain Functions

Level 3 (120 credits):

Core modules (Psychology):

  • Cognitive and Clinical neuropsychology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Career psychology or
  • Occupational psychology
  • Marital and Family interaction
  • Introduction to psychological assessment
  • Research planning
  • Crisis management skills
  • Psychopathology practicum
  • Introduction to psycho-education

Core modules (Related helping professions):

  • Community development theory and intervention
  • Community development practice and process skills

Fundamental modules

Introduction to Psychological Counselling

Elective modules (14 credits): All elective modules must be chosen in consultation with the BPsych programme team.

  • Human resource management (201)
  • Human resource management (202)
  • Introduction to the psychology of change
  • Introduction to consumer behaviour
  • Labour relations

Level 4:

  • Practice Management and Ethics
  • Lifestyle Management
  • Research and Data Analysis Skills
  • Treatise
  • Mentoring and Supervision
  • Health and Wellness Intervention B
  • Practicum in Health and Wellness



Contact information
Ms Ulricha De Klerk
Lecturer and Registered Counsellor Co-ordinator
Tel: 0027415042977