The Bachelor of Theology (Honours) with a Counselling Concentration is a one-year postgraduate degree that builds on the three-year BTh with a Counselling Concentration. You would be likely to choose the BTh Honours for one or two reasons:

Firstly, it is the next step in preparing yourself to be a competent Christian Counsellor.

Secondly, it serves as a bridge between bachelor’s level coursework and masters level research.

Thirdly, it provides a potential access point into an integrated theology and psychology study for students who have degrees in other disciplines.

Payment is per course, which is payable at the beginning of each new course. Additional costs apply when candidates exceed the timeframes as fixed for each course.

NB! The launch of the BTh Honours with a Counselling Concentration Internship will be available in Term 3 (August – October 2021) and the full program 2022.

Do I Qualify?

To qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Theology (Honours) with a Counselling Concentration, a candidate must have maintained an above-average grade in their undergraduate degree. Additionally, a candidate must meet the following admission requirements:

  • A BTh with a Counselling Concentration from SATS
  • An accredited Bachelor of Theology or cognate qualification plus the Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling or cognitive counselling training.
  • An accredited Bachelor degree in another field (e.g. psychology) accompanied by an accredited Certificate or Diploma in Theology and a Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling.

* If you have a non-theological Bachelor degree, you can do the required theology and counselling bridging coursework with SATS to gain access to the BTh Honours with a Counselling Concentration.

* Students with a Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling (or equivalent) that do not have a B.Th. will have to register for the B.Th. with a Counselling concentration and only 60CH of the HCCC could be transferred.

* Students who have a bachelors without the required theological courses, and have completed the HCCC, will have to complete the Higher Certificate in Christian Life, or a MDiv before being allowed to do the B.Th. Honours with a counselling concentration.

Submit your application to determine if you qualify to study with us.

Is The Honours A Research Degree?

The BTh Hons – Counselling, is deemed to be a postgraduate degree. As such, it is a first research degree, and part of its purpose is to introduce you to theological and social studies research, and specialised knowledge in theology and counselling. However, it is not a full-blown research degree. Our Honours combines an extended counselling internship with the opportunity to develop your research skills by completing the compulsory courses on Research Methodology (12 credits) and the Research Project (24 credits).

How Long Does It Take?

A full-time student would expect to finish the BTh Hons with a Counselling Concentration in one year, but the average time for part-time students to complete the Honours programme is 2½ years. The internship is six months. You have a maximum of three years to finish.

Please note: You are required to complete 48 credits every twelve months, commencing with the date of enrolment.

Courses

The Honours Counselling curriculum consists of a combination of two 24 credit courses and six 12 credit courses, a total of 120 Credits:

Compulsory Required Courses (84 credits)

Counselling Elective (12 credits) – choose one course.

  • CCC4122 Psychopharmacology for Christian Counsellors
  • CCC4123 Holistic Medicine & Wellness Counselling

Bachelor of Theology (Honours) – Bible & Theology Courses Timetable

Is The Programme Accredited?

Yes. The BTh Hons with a Counselling Concentration is accredited by the Council on Higher Education and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training. The BTh Hons is a complete qualification on level 8 on South Africa’s National Qualifications Framework.

Accreditation and Registration

Graduates from the programs with a concentration in Christian Counselling can register with the Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC) and obtain the designation of Religious Professional or Religious Specialist. This will afford them the opportunity to work as a professional specialized Christian Counsellor.

How Are The Courses Delivered?

The courses are delivered via our online system, MySats. You will access all your study materials on the site. Some counselling courses require you to purchase prescribed textbooks).  You will be able to interact with the lecturer and other students through forums that is available on the site. You will also submit your assignments and receive your results on MySats. The internship is done at a counselling centre or agency. There are prescribed dates for the submission of each assignment; if you fail to meet one of those dates, you fail the course.

Counselling Internship

Student-counsellors undergo hours of training in practicum lab work, and a 24-credit counselling internship practicum (in the honours portion) at an agency of choice where they will acquire supervised clinical contact hours. Internships can be done (with permission) in the student-counsellor language of choice on provision that the supervisor is fluent in the language.

This enables candidates to acquire supervised clinical hours needed for accreditation and registration as a Christian counsellor.

Access To Further Programmes

The BTh Hons articulates vertically into an MTh or MA in Theology, enabling you to specialize in Christian Counselling. If you successfully complete the BTh Hons with a Counselling Concentration and maintain an average of 60 per cent for all the courses, you would be readily accepted into a Master’s in Christian Counselling degree. You will be accepted at any other accredited institution in South Africa, and at Christian Counselling Schools in North America.

How Much Does It Cost?

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  1. You may buy one course at a time.
  2. If you buy more than two courses on the same invoices, you will receive a 10% discount for each course bought.
  3. You may only buy the course(s) for your next term – i.e., you may not buy courses in bundles and complete them over a long period.

Complete our online application form, or contact us.

You will need to submit scanned copies of your identity document and your prior qualifications. Please take extra care when completing the online application form not to use apostrophes, commas, inverted commas, brackets or slashes.

Contact honours@sats.edu.za for further information.