SACAP launches BPsych Equivalent Programme

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SACAP, The South African College of Applied Psychology has recently launched a new 18-month Bachelor of Social Science Honours (Psychology) [BPsych Equivalent Programme]. The programme, which opened for enrolment in April this year is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). It involves 18-months of study that incorporates an Honours degree in psychology and puts students on the path to professional registration with the HPCSA as a Registered Counsellor.

Concerned about the rising and enduring mental health problems across all sectors of South African society, SACAP believes that this expansion of its educational offering is essential to provide different options and opportunities to those interested in careers in counselling and psychology.  Laura Fisher, SACAP’s Director of Academic Affairs says: “The new BPsych Equivalent programme will stand alongside our existing BPsych degree and enable those who already have a three-year Psychology degree to gain an Honours qualification which also includes the intensive academic elements, professional training, supervised research and integrated practicum required to become a Registered Counsellor.”

Registered Counsellors provide psychological services focused on prevention and primary intervention for people with psychological difficulties in diverse community contexts, and also contribute to the promotion of mental health.  They are qualified to perform psychological screening, basic assessment and psychological interventions with individuals and groups; provide preventative and developmental counselling services for individuals and groups; and deliver psycho-education on a range of topics.

An important additional aspect of SACAP’s BPsych Equivalent programme is that it also provides multiple further academic pathways for both national and international Master’s degree studies in psychology, possibly with a view to becoming a psychologist.

The BPsych Equivalent programme is offered at both SACAP’S Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses.  In line with SACAP’s unique educational philosophy and facilitated learning style where classrooms are intimate and students work in close contact with expert educators in Applied Psychology, only 20 students will be accommodated on each campus.  Registrations for the BPsych Equivalent programme closes on 31st October 2017.





SACAP (The South Africa College of Applied Psychology) has 20 years of experience as the leading private higher education provider of training in Applied Psychology.

SACAP offers a wide range of accredited postgraduate, degree, diploma and certificate qualifications in its specialised areas of expertise.

SACAP is mobilised by a vision of an empowered society of healthy individuals and integrated families and communities.  SACAP believes that in order to address the harsh realities that exist within South Africa it needs to train a knowledgeable, skilled, ethical and inspired workforce to service those people who would otherwise fall by the wayside of accessible mental health services. 

SACAP is acknowledged for its distinctive educational blend of theory and skills with a strong emphasis on practical application in a variety of communal and professional contexts.  This is achieved through SACAP’s:


·         Person-centered teaching and learning approach;

·         Academically robust and praxis-oriented curricula;

·         Small, interactive classes;

·         Expert practitioner educators;

·         Unique work-integrated learning component; and

·         Well-resourced learning environments. 

SACAP’s mission is to create opportunities for its students to develop to their full potential, increasing their ability to activate resources at a broader community level in order to effect positive change and ensure the transformation of society.  

SACAP is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as an accredited private higher educational institution. 


SACAP’s qualifications enjoy accreditation by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and are all registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by SAQA. The Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych) degree and the BPsych Equivalence degree are accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

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