Community Development

Bachelor of Theology in Community Leadership (Community Development / Sociology Major) (376 credits)

APPLY NOWA country like ours that has one of the highest inequality rates in the world and an extremely high unemployment rate, needs graduates that are equipped to deal with the challenges faced by poor communities. In fact, a recent Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA) report highlighted the critical need for community workers and listed community workers on their “Scarce and Critical Skills List” for the period of 2008-2010, where the occupation demand of “Community Worker” far outstrips all other vocations.

The Bible constantly speaks about caring for the poor and marginalised and studying Community Development at Cornerstone provides the unique opportunity for students to see the complex issues of poverty and marginalisation through God’s eyes.

Cornerstone Institute has offered fully accredited programmes in Community Development since 2004 and has been recognized as one of the educational forerunners in this field within the South African context. There are a number of Cornerstone alumni, who as a result of this programme, are active community development practitioners today. These alumni are to be found serving in the government and NGO sector as well as the church sector in communities throughout South Africa and Africa.


To enable graduates to work in a wide variety of community development projects (e.g., government, NGO, churches).

To produce community workers who approach their task from deep Christian convictions and acquire the sociological knowledge, tools and skills that development studies can provide.



  • 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 – 7 years
  • January and July intakes

  • R 275 per credit | total credits: 376
    1st Year: R 35 200 (128 credits)
    Part-time : cost per credit


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Basic Level (First year) (128 Credits)

  • COMPULSORY: Sociology I (major), Theological Studies I (major), Biblical Studies I (major) and Information Skills
    ELECTIVES: Psychology I or TESOL I
  • Biblical Studies I (24 credits)
  • Systematic Theology I : Worldviews and Critical Thinking (12 credits)
  • Practical Theology I : Ethics (12 credits)
  • Public Theology (24 credits)
  • Psychology I (24 credits)
  • Sociology I (24 credits)
  • TESOL I (24 credits)
  • Information Skills (8 credits)

Intermediate Level (Second year) (128 Credits)

  • COMPULSORY: Sociology II, Theological Studies II and Biblical Studies II
    ELECTIVES: Community Development II, Psychology II (only if Psych I taken) or TESOL II (only if TESOL I taken)
  • Sociology II (32 credits)
  • Practical Theology II : Christian Spirituality: Foundations (16 credits)
  • Public Theology II : Peace Studies OR Conflict Resolution AND Leadership Studies 2 (16 credits)
  • Biblical Studies II (32 credits)
  • Community Development II (32 credits)
  • Psychology II (32 credits)
  • TESOL II (32 credits)


Advanced Level (Third year) (120 Credits)

  • Sociology III (48 credits)
  • Practical Theology III : Christian Spirituality: Formation (12 credits)
  • Biblical Studies III (36 credits)
  • Community Development Fieldwork (24 credits)