A bachelor’s degree from a recognised university with:
- Psychology III
- Education III or Pedagogics IV
Students who do not have Education III or Pedagogics IV may be conditionally admitted to the programme if they are selected. Final admission to the programme in these cases will be subject to successful completion of an oral examination in the Department of Educational Psychology. The content of this oral examination is decided annually and students will be informed by the department.
There is a selection process for students applying for this programme. This degree has been accredited for counsellor training at the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in the following categories:
- School Counselling
Other programme-specific information
Note: The uneven distribution of the credits is to allow time for a learnership during the second year.
One module of 24 credits and three modules of 12 credits must be taken as core modules in the first year.
Examinations and pass requirements
Subject to exceptions approved by the Dean, on the recommendation of the head of the department, a student may not sit for an examination for the honours degree more than twice in the same module.
A final-year student who has failed a maximum of three semester modules or their equivalent, with a final mark of at least 40% in each, may be admitted by the Dean to a special examination/s in these modules during January of the following year, provided that this will enable the student to comply with all the requirements for the degree.
After completion of the programme students must apply for a six month full-time internship, upon which students will be placed with suitable organisations. The learnership has to be completed in the year directly after completion of the academic training. Completion of the learnership is a requirement for registration as counsellor with the HPCSA, but not for successful completion of the degree. Should a student choose not to complete the learnership in the year directly after the academic training, the University will have no further obligation towards the student in terms of placement and the student will receive an academic degree that does not lead to registration with the HPCSA.
A research project is compulsory and must be handed in for examination, as prescribed by the particular department.
Pass with distinction
The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained an average of at least 75%, with a minimum of 70% in each module.