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Topic 2: Entrance requirements

March 12, 2019
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Universities

All institutions will have slightly different entrance requirements, so it’s important to check with the specific institution that you are considering applying to.  

For most universities, candidates are required to meet the minimum entrance requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree. The minimum requirement is generally an APS score of between 25 and 35, as well as between 50%-59% for English home language or first additional language. Certain institutions, such as UCT, also require matric maths as a prerequisite for psychology .   

Private College

A Higher Certificate in Counselling and Communication skills

  • A National Senior Certificate, with a minimum of 45% in English OR
  • A Senior Certificate with Higher and/or Standard Grade subjects with a minimum of 45% in English, or equivalent qualification OR
  • Mature students (23 years of age and older) who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence to support admission on the basis of SACAP’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy

2. A Diploma in Counselling and Communication

  • A National Senior Certificate (Diploma Pass), with a minimum of 45% in English, together with an achievement rating of 3 or better in four designated subjects (including Life Orientation), or equivalent qualification OR
  • A South African Senior Certificate (pre-2008) with an overall grade of D (or 50%) with English passed at Standard Grade (or better), or equivalent qualification OR
  • Mature students (23 years of age and older) who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence to support admission on the basis of SACAP’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy

3. A Bachelor of Applied Social Science (BAppSocSci)

  • A National Senior Certificate (Bachelors Pass), with a minimum of 45% in English, or equivalent qualification OR
  • A Senior Certificate (with Endorsement), with a minimum of a Standard Grade pass in English, or equivalent qualification OR
  • An NQF Level 5 Certificate, or equivalent qualification OR
  • Mature students (23 years of age and older) who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence equivalent to NQF Level 5 training in an appropriate field of study to support admission on the basis of SACAP’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy

4. A Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych)

  • A National Senior Certificate, or equivalent, with an achievement rating of 5 (Substantial Achievement, 60-69%) or better in six designated subjects, including English and Mathematics (or Maths Literacy) OR
  • A Senior Certificate with Endorsement, or at least a Conditional Exemption, passed in at least four subjects, including English (First Language) and Mathematics (at least E at Higher Grade level or C at Standard Grade level)
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