Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Health Sciences and Social Services)

Qualification stream: Applied Psychology for Professional Contexts
Qualification code: 02313 - APP
NQF level: 6
Total credits: 360
SAQA ID: 15934
APS/AS: 20
Students who passed an African Language as a first language at matric level are not allowed to register for AFL1503 and AFL1504. Students who passed PYC2604 will retain credits for PYC2614 and PYC3706 will retain credits for PYC3716. ENN103F has been replaced by ENG1503, students who have already passed ENN103F may not register ENG1503.
Purpose statement:
The purpose of this qualification is to familiarise learners with the content and basic theories of a number of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, at the basic and intermediate level, and to provide them with a deeper grasp of one or more of these disciplines taken at exit level (level 6), as well as to enable them to place new knowledge in context and to use appropriate methods for seeking resolution of problems; To provide learners with a variety of basic scholarly and intellectual competencies, including the ability to question critically the assumptions of a limited range of theories and authorities, and to develop an understanding of elementary research methods used within one or more disciplines; To equip learners with the ability to give an accurate account of scholarly positions and the competence to express their own opinions clearly and coherently, both in written and oral communication; To prepare learners for post learner study; To provide learners with a well-rounded and broad education across a number of disciplines, thus preparing them for a wide range of professions crucial to the welfare of society; To produce learners who are able to think laterally, critically and creatively; To produce learners who are prepared for life-long learning; To produce learners who understand the principles of, and are capable of critical citizenship.
This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.
Qualification offered until 2026, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.

Who can register?

  • Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification. Admission to the alternative qualification is not automatic. It will depend on whether you comply with admission requirements and if space is available.
  • Re-registering students may register for the 2020 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:

  • Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification.
  • All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:

  • At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
  • At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.

You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:

  • At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
  • At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.

The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.

You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately

  • 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
  • 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.

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Curriculum for this qualification

As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.

First level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
AFL1501 - Language Through an African Lens
APY1501 - Anthropology in a Diverse World
PLS2601 - Critical Reasoning
PYC1501 - Basic Psychology
PYC1502 - Psychology in Society
Group B. Select 2 modules from ONE language: (For Afrikaans only one of AFK1502 or AFK1503 + AFK1501)
AFK1501 - Voetspore: Op reis deur die Afrikaanse Letterkunde
AFK1502 - Basic Text Skills (Afrikaans)
AFK1503 - Contemporary Afrikaans: Language Studies and Written Communication
AFL1503 - Language and Communication Skills Acquisition in an African Language I
AFL1504 - Language and Communication Skills Acquisition in an African Language II Pre-requisite:AFL1503
ENG1501 - Foundations in English Literary Studies
ENG1502 - Foundations in English Language Studies
ENG1503 - Academic Language and Literacy in English
Group C. Select 3 from the following:
COM1501 - Fundamentals of Communication
COM1502 - Communication Contexts and Applications
EUP1501 - Ethical Information and Communication Technologies for Development Solutions
FAC1503 - Financial Accounting Principles for Law Practitioners
INF1505 - Introduction to Business Information Systems
IOP1501 - Psychological Processes in Work Context
IOP1601 - Personality in Work Context Pre-requisite:IOP1501
MNB1501 - Business Management IA
MNB1601 - Business Management IB Pre-requisite:MNB1501 (except for qualification code 90017)
PUB1501 - The Nature, Content and Scope of Public Administration
PUB1601 - The Structuring and Functioning of Public Services Co-requisite:PUB1501
PVL1501 - Law of Persons
SOC1501 - Community, Society and Inequality in a Globalised World: Introduction to Sociology
SOC1502 - Understanding South Africa: Families, Education, Identities and Inequality

Second level

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
PYC3701 - Social Psychology
PYC3702 - Abnormal Behaviour and Mental Health
PYC3703 - Cognition: Thinking, Memory and Problem Solving
PYC3704 - Psychological Research Pre-requisite:RSC2601 (not applicable to 98053 - PPG and 98053 - XPG)
PYC3705 - Transformative Counselling Encounters
PYC3716 - Community psychology: Working for change Pre-requisite:PYC2604 or PYC2614 or PYC205A
Group B. Select 4 from the following:
COM3701 - Marketing Communication
COM3702 - Media Studies: Institutions, Theories and Issues
COM3703 - Media Studies: Content, Audiences and Production
COM3704 - New Media Technology
IOP3701 - Industrial Psychological Testing and Assessment Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3702 - Personnel Psychology: Organisational Entry Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
IOP3703 - Career Psychology
IOP3704 - Employment Relations Pre-requisite:IOP2601 & IOP2602
PUB3701 - Public Management Skills Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601 (NOT applicable to 98052-EBO, XEB, 98052-ECH, XEC, 98052-EZO, XEZ and 98055)
PUB3702 - Public Human Resource Management Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3703 - Public Policy Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3704 - Organisational Studies in the Public Sector Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3705 - Public Financial Administration and Management Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB3707 - Ethics in Public Administration and Administrative Justice Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
SOC3702 - Industrial Sociology
SOC3704 - Group Dynamics