Undergraduate & honours qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Health Sciences and Social Services)

Qualification stream: Psychological Counselling
Qualification code: 02313 - COU
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 SCK1501 will retain credits for BSW1501, SCK1502 will retain credits BSW1502, PYC2604 will retain credits for PYC2614 and PYC3706 will retain credits for PYC3716 ENN103F has been replaced by ENG1503, students who have already passed ENN103F may not register ENG1503. ETH102L has been replaced by EML1501, students who have passed ETH102L may not register EML1501. EDC1015 has been discontinued, students must choose another available elective. EDT1602 has been replaced by ISC3701, students who have passed EDT1602 may not register ISC3701. PYC3702 has been replaced by PYC3712, students who have already passed PYC3702 may not register PYC3712.
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 2021 academic year once the registration period opens.

Please note:
Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply online for the alternative qualification during the prescribed application period.

How to choose your modules

Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate.

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

  • For the 2021 academic year, you must register for your semester 1 and 2 modules by 12 March 2021. There will be no semester 2 registration period. No exceptions or registration extensions will be permitted.
  • The maximum number of credits that will be allowed is 120 credits.

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 - Inleiding tot teksontwerp in 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:
BSW1501 - Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work
BSW1502 - Introduction to Social Work as a Profession
CGM1501 - Invitation to Theology
CGM1502 - First Steps in Practical Theology Co-requisite:CGM1501
CMM1501 - Ethics and Life Co-requisite:CGM1501
CMY1501 - Introduction to Criminology: Crime, Offenders and Criminal Behaviour
CMY1502 - Introduction to Criminology: Victims and Reduction of Crime
EML1501 - Emergent Literacy
PUB1501 - The Nature, Content and Scope of Public Administration
PUB1601 - The Structuring and Functioning of Public Services Co-requisite:PUB1501
RST1501 - Introducing Religions of the World

Second level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
MGG2601 - Marriage Guidance and Counselling
MGG2602 - Sexual Trauma
PYC2601 - Personality Theories
PYC2602 - Child and Adolescent Development
PYC2603 - Adulthood and Maturity
PYC2606 - Basic Measurement and Questionnaire Design
PYC2614 - Community psychology: Building foundations
RSC2601 - Research in Social Sciences
Group B. Select 2 from the following:
CGM2601 - Ethics and Spirituality Pre-requisite:CGM1501 & CGM1502
CGM3701 - Sexual Ethics
CMM2603 - Intercultural Christian Communication
CMM3704 - The Dynamics of Interreligious Encounter
CMY2601 - Crime Risk Perspectives
CMY2602 - Principles of Crime Prevention, Reduction and Control
EDT1601 - Child Development
ISC3701 - Instructional studies
PUB2601 - Foundations of Public Administration Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2602 - Protection Services Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2604 - Welfare and Social Services Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PUB2605 - Culture and Education Pre-requisite:PUB1501 & PUB1601
PYC2605 - HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling
RST2603 - Understanding Contemporary Religious Movements and Developments
SCK2601 - Facilitative Communication in Groups and Communities Pre-requisite:BSW1502 & BSW1503 OR SCK1502 & SCK1503 or SCK102X & SCK103Y. (Not applicable to 02313 - CHP & SCK1503 - not applicable to 98218)
Co-requisite:SCK2602 or SCK2024 (Not applicable to 98218)
SCK2603 - Welfare Policy Pre-requisite:BSW1501 or SCK1501 or SCK101W
SCK2604 - Counselling Skills Pre-requisite:SCK1502 or SCK102X (Not applicable to 98218)
Co-requisite:SCK2601 or SCK2013

Third level

Module Pre-requisite/Co-requisite/Recommendation
Group A. Compulsory
PYC3701 - Social Psychology
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
PYC3712 - Abnormal Behaviour and Mental Health
PYC3716 - Community psychology: Working for change Pre-requisite:PYC2604 or PYC2614 or PYC205A
Group B. Select 4 from the following:
CMM3703 - Christian Social Ethics
CMY3701 - The Explanation of Crime
CMY3702 - Crime Typologies
CMY3705 - Victimology
CMY3706 - Contemporary Criminological Issues
CMY3708 - Qualitative Research Methodology in Criminology
ETH302S - Inclusive Education A
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
RST3708 - Analysing Philosophy of Religion
SCK3701 - Social Case Work Pre-requisite:SCK2604 or SCK2046
Co-requisite:SCK3704 or SCK304A (Not applicable to 98218)
SCK3702 - Social Group Work Pre-requisite:SCK2601 & SCK2602 or SCK2013 & SCK2024 (SCK2602 - not applicable to 98218)
Co-requisite:SCK3704 or SCK304A (Not applicable to 98218)
SCK3703 - Community Work Pre-requisite:SCK2601 & SCK2602 or SCK2013 & SCK2024. (Not applicable to 02313 - CHP, SCK2602 is not applicable to 98218)
Co-requisite:SCK3705 or SCK305B. (Not applicable to 02313 - CHP & 98218)
TIC3702 - Faith, Philosophy and Science