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Higher Certificate: HIV/AIDS Counselling And Wellness


H.Cert. (HIV/AIDS Counselling & Management) 

SAQA ID 96711


This programme is offered by Boston City Campus & Business College Head Office in the distance education mode, with all other Boston City Campus & Business Colleges operating as Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus & Business College branch countrywide.

This unique qualification provides graduates with endorsement for admission to Bachelor’s degree study from the South African Matriculation Board, subject to their rules. 

Download the Fact Sheet for additional, detailed programme information.



Semester A

• Computer Literacy 1 (HCLP1171)*

• Computer Literacy 2 (HCLP2171)*

• Academic Literacy (HALP1181)**

• Introduction to Counselling (HCOU1181)**

• HIV Counselling (HHIVC1181)**

• Applied Psychology (HAPS1181)** 

Semester B

• Sexuality and HIV Education (HSHE1181)**

• HIV Care, Nutrition and Management (HCNM1181)**

• HIV Workplace Policy and Training (HHWPT1181)**

• Introduction to Industrial Psychology (HIND1181)**

• Work Integrated Learning HCERT HACM (HWCHCM1171)


All modules are compulsory and must be passed

*Formative Assessments are undertaken and the highest grade achieved in Formative Assessment is retained. The final grade is based on the Summative Assessment only. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for the Summative assessment, which will be charged for. 

**One (1) formal Formative Assessment is completed and weighted at 50% of the final grade. No supplementary assessment is provided for Formative Assessment. One (1) Summative Assessment is completed and weighted at 50% of the final grade. A maximum of one (1) supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for the Summative Assessment, which will be charged for.



Based on credits and notional hours of this qualification, the minimum duration is one (1) year and the maximum duration is two (2) years of study.



On completion of the programme, graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:

• Operate effectively in the workplace using a number of Windows-based end-user applications

• Apply counselling competencies in a variety of situations and contexts

• Manage HIV workplace policy and training interventions in organisations

• Demonstrate, share and apply knowledge and understanding of HIV/AIDS in a variety of situations and contexts

• Identify the socio-economic needs of society and display interpersonal as well cultural and social sensitivity in a variety of situations and contexts



National Senior Certificate (NSC), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Higher Certificate study; or National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V)), with English passed with endorsement for admission to Higher Certificate study; or prior to 2009, Senior Certificate with English as one of the modules passed.




On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Higher Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counselling & Management, NQF Level 5, SAQA ID 96711, minimum 140 credits from Boston City Campus & Business College.


This qualification is recognised by the South African Medical Association (SAMA) at Level 3 for 30 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Points on completion. SAMA is a non-statutory, non-profit, and voluntary professional association for public and private sector medical practitioners.


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