Bachelor of Arts (Sociology Major) (376 credits)

APPLY NOWAre you interested in understanding more about the reasons why people behave the way they do? The Sociology major offered by Aurora explores a number of phenomenon in society including the psycho-social problems facing Africa today, with an emphasis on poverty and poverty alleviation; a study of culture, contemporary examples of social, cultural, economic and political oppression and injustice within in a local and global context. We also look at contemporary sociological theory and the role of faith in society.

BA Sociology is a general degree, providing students with the critical thinking skills and worldview perspectives that open the door to many other careers within the humanities field such as HR, Public Relations, Marketing and many more. If you wish to study further in the area of Sociology, Cornerstone graduates have been accepted at all three major tertiary institutions in the Western Cape for post graduate degrees.

As someone once said: “the fascination of sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived all our lives”.


This qualification will enable the student to gain an in-depth understanding of sociological theories and be able to analyse and evaluate these theories with reference to issues such as poverty, globalisation, conflict, the environment and gender, with special focus on South Africa and the African continent. The qualification also provides the student with practical community, cross-cultural and social research skills.



  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a bachelor’s pass or equivalent
  • An NSC with a minimum of 50% in four subjects from the designated subject list of NSC subjects resulting in no less than 27 points.
  • A Matriculation Certificate (with university exemption) or equivalent.
  • National Benchmark Test (NBT) 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.



Time Commitment

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


  • On 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)




Registered 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
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Basic Level (128 Credits)

  • COMPULSORY: Sociology I (major), Leadership Studies I, Philosophy I and Information Skills
    ELECTIVES: Take two subjects from Psychology I, English I, Counselling I, Religious Studies I, TESOL I, Human Biology
  • Leadership Studies I (24 credits)
  • Philosophy I (24 credits)
  • Information Skills (8 credits)
  • Sociology I (24 credits)
  • Psychology I (24 credits)
  • English I (24 credits)
  • Religious Studies I (24 credits)
  • Counselling I (24 credits)
  • TESOL I (24 credits) (Campus only)
  • Science I (24 credits)

Intermediate Level (128 Credits)

  • COMPULSORY: Sociology II, Leadership Studies II
    ELECTIVES: Continue with two other subjects. At least one must be a major
  • Leadership Studies II (32 credits)
  • Sociology II (32 credits)
  • Psychology II (32 credits)
  • Community Development II (32 credits)
  • English II (32 credits)
  • Religious Studies II (32 credits)
  • Counselling II (32 credits)
  • TESOL II (32 credits) (Campus only)

Advanced Level (120 Credits)

  • Sociology III (48 credits)
  • Psychology III (48 credits)
  • Community Development III (48 credits)
  • Sociology Fieldwork (24 credits)