Bachelor of Applied Social Science (HEQSF Aligned)

Full-Time and Part-Time I SAQA ID: 96416 I NQF Level: 7 I Credits: 360 I Course Type: National Qualification

Be inspired and bring about positive change with a Bachelor of Applied Social Science

Why this course is perfect for you?

Are you a champion of change; a humanitarian who is driven by service, volunteerism, and dedication to your community or country? Your compassionate character can now be used to build and develop a career that is both rewarding and fulfilling.

Social Science is the ‘science of society’, and how people function and interact with each other. If you are intrigued by sociology, economics, psychology, human rights and social advocacy, and the fascinating dynamics of individuals, families and our environment, then this internationally-researched degree is for you. Each module is tailored for your learning, as it unpacks the structure, operations, and policies of society and teaches you about research techniques and ethics.

This new degree is ideal for social and community specialists working in the South African development context of HIV/AIDS. Its unique electives include a module in palliative care, ideal for social workers and directors working in geriatric care. If you would like to expand your skills in advocacy, counselling or conflict management in South Africa or globally, then this degree is a perfect fit. 

Why study at Damelin?

As soon as you join the Damelin family, you become part of a network of students, lecturers and friends, who will assist and support you during this exciting journey in your life. Our courses are designed to make your learning as comfortable as possible, with facilities that allow you to build your career in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our lecturers will provide all the support and guidance you require, so you leave the Damelin home with an unforgettable campus experience.

How to get in?

Registering for the Bachelor of Applied Social Science is easy. We have various touch-points for your convenience. Simply call, email, fill in an online enquiry form, or pop into one of our 17 campuses nationwide, where one of our consultants will gladly assist you.


  • A National Senior Certificate with admission to study at Bachelor Degree level.
  • A Senior Certificate with ‘B’ rating and English as the language of learning or first language
  • National Certificate (Vocational), NQF 4 with a minimum of 60% in English as the language of learning or first language, plus no less than 60% in two other credit-bearing Matric subjects, and 70% in four vocational subjects
  • Age exemption (23 years or older).
  • Candidates who are 45 or younger on the first year of registration
  • If you are a foreign student, without English as first language, contact us to see how you qualify
  • Entry can also be through RPL

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Time you will spend on the course

You can complete the degree in 3 years full-time or 4 years, part-time. A year planner and academic calendar is available at the start of the year with dates and times of classes and campus activities to help you plan your schedule. 

Course content and modules

You will cover these modules during the duration of your diploma.


*Indicates subjects that need to be completed in the sequence stipulated.

Semester 1
Communication 1*
Sociology 1*
Psychology 1*
Social Policies and Regulation Framework
End-user Computing**
  Semester 2
Communication 2
Business Ethics
Project Management 1*
Sociology of Families
Principles of Community Development

** You have an opportunity to complete the EUC entrance exam. If you pass, you will be awarded credits and will not be required to attend classes for this module.


Semester 1
Sociology 2*
Psychology 2*
Quantitative Techniques
Public Policy Analysis
Elective (Semester 1 - Refer to Fact Sheet)

  Semester 2
Project Management 2
Research Methodology
Human Rights and Social Advocacy
Elective (Semester 2 - Refer to Fact Sheet)


Semester 1
Sociology 3
Psychology 3
Diversity Management
Elective (Semester 1 - Refer to Fact Sheet)
  Semester 2
Applied Environmental Social Science (Sustainable Development)
Mediation and Conflict Management
Workplace Integrated Learning (Project)
Elective (Semester 2 - Refer to Fact Sheet)

**160 hours of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is required to complete this course. WIL is a programme that helps students apply what they’ve learned in a real work setting while earning credits for their qualification.

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Materials to stay ahead

A list of prescribed text books will be made available at the start of the course. You will also receive an electronic version (e-guide) of this course. Textbooks are excluded from the course fee. 

Careers you’d be great at

  • Social welfare services support work
  • Social auxiliary work
  • Children and Youth Care work
  • Care giver services
  • Community service work by means of involvement in NGO structures
  • Community based project work supporting the provision of services to the elderly, terminally ill and the frail
  • Community development and related project work
  • Social services administration, for example in organisations such as SASSA

The strength in your qualification

On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Bachelor of Applied Social Science.

Take your education to the next degree

Go even further with a higher qualification. With this degree you can study further at Damelin or another accredited institution.
*Admission to further your studies remains the prerogative of each institution and its academic council.

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