Requirements To Study Psychology At SACAP

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Psychology refers to the study of the mind and behaviour. Students interested in obtaining a qualification in psychology can choose to study at several institutions of higher learning, including the South African College of Applied Psychology.



The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) aims to ensure students experience robust academics, gain practical skills and receive individual attention while they complete their qualifications.

SACAP offers accredited qualifications in Applied Psychology, Management & Leadership and Social Work & Community development.

Students who choose to study psychology at SACAP can choose from two of their offerings. Both of these programmes require students to have obtained a qualification before admission to the programme.

Bachelor of Psychology (NQF 8)

The Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych) is a four-year programme registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Due to this, students are required to undergo a screening and selection process which includes a selection interview. Additionally, students must meet the minimum entry requirements

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) or National Certificate (Vocational) with an average of 50% or better in six designated subjects including Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy and English. 


  • A Senior Certificate (Pre-2008) with Endorsement, with English and Mathematics/Maths Literacy, passed at Standard Grade or better, or an equivalent school-leaving certificate.


  • A Higher Certificate/ SAQA verified equivalent qualification, an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field

Applicants above 24 years of age who do not meet these requirements can provide a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates formal and non-formal knowledge, training, work experience or learning equivalent to the NSC. This serves as the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning.

Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Psychology (NQF 8)

Students interested in enrolling in the Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Psychology are required to undergo a screening and selection process.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must have

  • An appropriate Bachelor’s Degree (NQF level 7) or appropriate Advanced Diploma with a psychology major. 
  • Achieved a grade point average of 65% in all their subjects during their final year of study. 

Applicants above 24 years of age can provide a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates formal, informational and non-formal knowledge, training, work experience or learning equivalent to an NQF level 7 qualification to support admission based on Recognition of Prior Learning.


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