SACAP (the South African College of Applied Psychology) is again expanding its range of successful Social Sciences education programmes with the launch of a three-year undergraduate (BAppSocSci) degree with a specialisation in Human Resource Management (HRM).

With its combination of majors in both psychology and HRM, the new SACAP Social Sciences programme is offering students a 21st Century learning approach to the field of HR.  SACAP educator and Chair of HRM Programmes at SACAP, Dr Lee Kingma points out that it has been specifically designed to match the needs of today’s workplace.  “The advantage of this qualification is the solid foundation of humanistic and psychology content rather than the typical transactional HRM qualification,” she says. “This course is truly ground-breaking and innovative in its approach.  In today’s workplace dominated by the millennial generation, there is a high demand for HR practitioners to balance the more task-orientated mind-set with a humanistic approach. Tech-savvy, younger workers are asking for workplaces where they are recognised as Human Beings rather than Human Doings.”

The three-year, full-time NQF 7, CHE-accredited BAppSocSciwith specialisation in HRM will be offered at SACAP’s Johannesburg, Cape Town and Pretoria campuses, as well as online.   It encompasses26 modules and a full-time three month work integrated learning programme in Year 3 that includes mentoring. It is open to candidates with aNational Senior Certificate(Bachelors Pass) with a minimum of 45% in English; or a Senior Certificate (withEndorsement) with a minimumof a Standard Grade passin English; or an NQF Level 5 Certificate.  Mature students of 23 years ofage and older who meetthe requirements of SACAP’sRecognition of Prior Learning(RPL) policy may also be admitted.  “The course has been designed to adhere to the standards of the South African Board for People Practices and to ensure that our graduates are well-equipped to apply their knowledge in line with HRM best practices,” adds Dr Kingma.

SACAP’s BAppSocScidegree develops a robust theoretical and methodological understanding of the twin disciplines of human resource management and psychology embedded within an applied social science framework.  The study of psychology, mental health and people in a social context will be balanced with a thorough education in the macro and micro business environments, business ethics and processes; applied human resource management strategies, policies and procedures; as well as the application of labour law and labour relations.  There will also be a keen focus on understanding organisational development and individual, team and organisational change models and principles; and diversity and cross-cultural dynamics in the South African workplace context.

“This is a degree to build critical thinking skills and a deep understanding of the individual within a social and organisational context,” says Dr Kingma. “The graduate will be well-positioned for admission into an honours degree or postgraduate studies in psychology, the social sciences, or human resource management. The specialisation also incorporates essential work-ready human resource management skills for those wanting to launch a successful career.”

SACAP’s educational philosophy is student-centred and focused on providing wraparound support services to help students achieve their academic goals in unique, intimate learning environments. Successful applicants for the BAppSocScican expect a small group classroom environment with a low student‐educator ratio that optimises the academic and interpersonal dynamics of the healthy teaching and learning environment that is the trademark of SACAP.

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Editor’s Notes


SACAP (The South Africa College of Applied Psychology) has 20 years of experience as the leading private higher education provider of training in Applied Psychology.

SACAP offers a wide range of accredited postgraduate, degree, diploma and certificate qualifications in its specialised areas of expertise.

SACAP is mobilised by a vision of an empowered society of healthy individuals and integrated families and communities.  SACAP believes that in order to address the harsh realities that exist within South Africa it needs to train a knowledgeable, skilled, ethical and inspired workforce to service those people who would otherwise fall by the wayside of accessible mental health services. 

SACAP is acknowledged for its distinctive educational blend of theory and skills with a strong emphasis on practical application in a variety of communal and professional contexts.  This is achieved through SACAP’s:

  • Person-centered teaching and learning approach;
  • Academically robust and praxis-oriented curricula;
  • Small, interactive classes;
  • Expert practitioner educators;
  • Unique work-integrated learning component; and
  • Well-resourced learning environments.

SACAP’s mission is to create opportunities for its students to develop to their full potential, increasing their ability to activate resources at a broader community level in order to effect positive change and ensure the transformation of society. 

SACAP is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as an accredited private higher educational institution. 

SACAP’s qualifications enjoy accreditation by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and are all registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) by SAQA. The Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych) degree and the BPsych Equivalence degree are accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).



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