Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

The Psychology programme’s mission is to transmit knowledge related to the nature of human psychological processes, together with the basic knowledge and skills for further study in psychology and to provide the competence necessary for successful careers.

3 YEARS NQF Level 7

Programme Purpose

The purpose of this programme:

  • To lead to a general academic Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
  • It is our goal not only to impart knowledge but to encourage students to be independent thinkers, to build character and establish integrity, and prepare students for service.
  • Students are also given opportunities to develop a passion for service which will empower them to deliver services in the community.
  • The BA Psychology programme has been designed to provide a well-rounded, comprehensive, holistic and value-based education.
  • Students are equipped with the necessary theoretical knowledge in psychology and experience in the use of statistics and research methodological tools to conduct empirical research.
  • Graduates are provided with academic knowledge and meta-cognitive abilities needed for articulation into an Honours degree programme in Psychology.
  • It also includes learning experiences intended to build character and attitudes fitted for the context of the work environment and the community at large, based on values which enhance human life.

Qualifications Outcomes

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Achieving a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding of the core subfields of psychology: health and stress; positive psychology; human development; social psychology; personology; counselling skills and therapy; communities; abnormal psychology; psychometric theory and testing; and the history of philosophy and psychology including the major schools and paradigms.

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Industrial psychology stream students will be equipped with content knowledge as regards behaviour at work including job analysis, employee selection, training and motivation, and performance appraisal; the principles of management and human resources management; industrial relations; performance and diversity management; and group dynamics.

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The accomplishment of particular capabilities and skills necessary to succeed in their lives on a professional, personal, and community basis.

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Counselling stream students will gain knowledge on substance abuse, addictions and treatment; cognitive and neurological processes; human sexuality; family and marriage therapeutic interventions; and exceptionality, special education and related services.

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Acquired skills whereby they are capable of independent and group learning.

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The knowledge and skills to critically read academic books, journals and online material, and to carry out their own independent research.

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The attainment of academic writing skills with special expertise in the APA referencing system.

Graduate Attributes:

An understanding of a broad range of influential theories regarding individual, group and organi zational cognition and
behaviour from the perspective of various schools of psychology, and from a holistic Christian perspective on human functioning, potential and restoration. Graduates will have synthesized their own eclectic views based on this understanding on a range of key psychological topics.

Developed cognitive and affective abilities valuable in learning, reasoning and problem solving such as meta cognition, intra and inter personal awareness, critical/analytical thinking, organization, adaptab ility/flexibility, effective communication, collaboration & team work, mnemonic techniques, self regulation, and planning.

The ability to apply their knowledge of how people function and change in practical ways to better themselves and assist
others in ar eas such as increasing motivation, managing stress, improving concentration, becoming better leaders, monitoring and managing emotions, and generally living healthier and happier lives.

Acquired skills particularly valuable in the work context, such as intercultural communication, conflict management,
leadership and teamwork competency, ability to analyse and interpret numerical data, oral and literacy proficiency in
academic and report writing, ability to analyse individual and group behaviour, systematic approaches to problem solving,
higher order analysis, computer literacy, and the ability to systematically evaluate or research given topics.

A commitment to conducting themselves with integrity, dependability, fidelity, attention to detail, perseverance, and a
strong sense of work ethic; engaging with others with empathy, respect, confidentiality, and professionalism.

Further Studies:

The BA Psychology degree from Helderberg College of Higher Education places students in a favourable position for acceptance into an Honours programme in Psychology at other South African higher-education institutions. Completion of the Honours degree enables one to apply for an internship master’s degree in psychology. Completion of this degree enables students to write the National Board examination. Once this is passed, students may register with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) to become a professional psychologist. Alternatively, after completing their Honours degree, students may apply for a research master’s degree in order to pursue a career as a lecturer or field researcher.

Employment Opportunities:

The Psychology programme is designed to provide students with a thorough academic grounding in the discipline, and to adequately equip graduates with the lifelong learning skills, attitudes, knowledge and habits that are necessary for further study, and are valued in a number of professional fields. Besides continued studies towards becoming a professional psychologist, lecturer, or field researcher, students may seek employment in areas related to psychology such as social services, human resources, public relations, sales or market research.

CURRICULUM

Counselling

CORE MODULES
PSY 105 Principles of Psychology (16 credits)
PSY 108 Health Psychology (12 credits)
PSY 140 Faith & Psychology (8 credits)
PSY 170 Stress Management (12 credits)
PSY 180 Positive Psychology (12 credits)
PSY 208 Cognitive & Neuropsychology (16 credits)
PSY 209 Human Sexuality (12 credits)
PSY 211 Developmental Psychology I (12 credits)
PSY 212 Developmental Psychology II (12 credits)
PSY 215 Applied Statistics (16 credits)
PSY 221 Treatment of Substance Abuse (12 credits)
PSY 229 Social Psychology (12 credits)
PSY 299 Practicum (12 credits)
PSY 231 Research Methods I (12 credits)
PSY 232 Research Methods II (12 credits)
PSY 307 Marriage & Family (12 credits)
PSY 311 Theories of Personality (16 credits)
PSY 312 Psychopathology (16 credits)
PSY 315 Counselling Skills (16 credits)
PSY 316 Psychotherapy (16 credits)
PSY 320 Psychological Assessment (12 credits)
PSY 323 Community Psychology (12 credits)
PSY 341 History & Systems of Psychology (16 credits)
PSY 371 Psychology of the Exceptional Child (12 credits)
 
FOUNDATIONAL MODULES
BHS 151 Philosophy of Education & Service (8 credits)
COM 102 Communication Theory (8 credits)
CPT 118 End User Computing I (8 credits)

ENG 111 Principles of English I (16 credits) & ENG 112 Principles of English II (16 credits)

OR  142  Academic Writing (16 credits) [Based on National Benchmark Test score]

HLD 122 Principles of Health (8 credits)
HLD 123 HIV/AIDS Education (4 credits)
REB 117 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment I (8 credits)
REB 217 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment II (8 credits)
REB 317 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment III (8 credits)
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (12 credits)

 

Industrial Psychology

CORE MODULES
PSY 105 Principles of Psychology (16 credits)
PSY 108 Health Psychology (12 credits)
PSY 170 Stress Management (12 credits)
PSY 180 Positive Psychology (12 credits)
PSY 211 Developmental Psychology I (12 credits)
PSY 212 Developmental Psychology II (12 credits)
PSY 215 Applied Statistics (16 credits)
PSY 225 Industrial Psychology (12 credits)
PSY 229 Social Psychology (12 credits)
PSY 231 Research Methods I (12 credits)
PSY 232 Research Methods II (12 credits)
PSY 299 Practicum (12 credits)
PSY 311 Theories of Personality (16 credits)
PSY 312 Psychopathology (16 credits)
PSY 315 Counselling Skills (16 credits)
PSY 320 Psychological Assessment (12 credits)
PSY 323 Community Psychology (12 credits)
PSY 341 History & Systems of Psychology (16 credits)
COM 350 Group Dynamics (12 credits)
LAW 218 Industrial Relations (12 credits)
MGT 141 Principles of Management (12 credits)
MGT 245 Human Resources Management (12 credits)
MGT 310 Performance Management (12 credits)
MGT 366 Diversity Management (12 credits)
 
FOUNDATIONAL MODULES
BHS 151 Philosophy of Education & Service (8 credits)
CPT 118 End User Computing I (8 credits)
CPT 125 End User Computing II (12 credits)

ENG 111 Principles of English I (16 credits) & ENG 112 Principles of English II (16 credits)

OR  142  Academic Writing (16 credits) [Based on National Benchmark Test score]

HLD 122 Principles of Health (8 credits)
HLD 123 HIV/AIDS Education (4 credits)
REB 117 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment I (8 credits)
REB 217 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment II (8 credits)
REB 317 Values, Character, & Personal Enrichment III (8 credits)
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology (12 credits)

 

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Contact Details

Telephone: +27 21 850 7569 / +27 21 850 7500
Fax: +27 21 850 7547
Email: info@hbc.ac.za

Location:
27 Annandale Drive
Helena Heights
Somerset West, 7130
South Africa

Accreditation

Helderberg College of Higher Education is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution in terms of section 54(1)(c) of the Higher Education Act, (Act No. 101 of 1997), Certificate No. 2001/HE08/001.