Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major) (376 credits)


The aim of this programme is to educate students in the theory and practice of psychology and counselling, with a focus on personal development, family studies and broader mental health interventions. The programme helps students develop an integrated and relevant counselling praxis within the South African context. It also prepares students for further studies in psychology and trains them in foundational social research skills.



  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent
  • A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent
  • A Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or Diploma in a cognate field
  • National Benchmark Test results
  • The NBT must be taken as soon as possible. The NBT dates for Cornerstone students are 23 May, 6 June or 7 June 2015 for Semester 2 applications

  • A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with a diploma pass (or equivalent) combined with a pass mark for the National Benchmark Test (NBT)
  • Mature age of 23 years and over during the first year of studies and a National Senior Certificate (or equivalent). The conditions of the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy for Access and the results of the National Benchmark Test are determining factors for admission. Contact the admissions office regarding RPL.
  • Mature age of 45 years can be admitted, determined by the RPL conditions and the results of the National Benchmark Test.



  • Via e-learning or on campus
  • Full-time: Minimum 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 to 7 years
  • January and July intakes

  • Campus: R 275 per credit | total credits 376
    Full time: 1st year R 35 200 (128 credits)
  • E-Learning R 245 per credit | total credits: 376
    Full time: 1st year R 31 360 (128 credits)


1408709817Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration Certificate No.2001/HE08/006. NQF 7; SAQA ID 87406




Basic Level (First year)

  • COMPULSORY: Psychology I, Leadership Studies I, Philosophy I and Information Skills
    ELECTIVES: Choose another 2 subjects which must include at least one additional major
  • Information Skills (8 credits)
  • Leadership Studies I (24 credits)
  • Philosophy I (24 credits)
  • Psychology I (24 credits)
  • Counselling I (24 credits)
  • Sociology I (24 credits)
  • Religious Studies I (24 credits)
  • English I (24 credits)
  • TESOL I (24 credits) (Campus only)
  • Science I (24 credits)

Intermediate Level (Second year)

  • COMPULSORY: Psychology II, Leadership Studies II
    ELECTIVES: Continue with 2 other subjects, one being the major from the first year
  • Leadership Studies II (32 credits)
  • Psychology II (32 credits)
  • Counselling II (32 credits)
  • Sociology II (32 credits)
  • Religious Studies II (32 credits)
  • English II (32 credits)
  • TESOL II (32 credits) (Campus only)


Advanced Level (Third year)

  • Psychology III (48 credits)
  • Sociology III (48 credits)
  • Counselling III (48 credits)
  • Fieldwork (24 credits)





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