Boston City Campus

Higher Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counselling & Management

Higher Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counselling & Management

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
  • Academic Literacy
  • Introduction to Counselling
  • HIV Counselling
  • Applied Psychology

Semester B

  • Sexuality and HIV Education
  • HIV Care, Nutrition and Management
  • HIV Workplace Policy and Training
  • Introduction to Industrial Psychology
  • Work Integrated Learning HCERT HACM


Various Assessment Strategies (ASC, ASW and AS2) are used throughout the modules in the programme. For example, AS2 is predominately applied in this programme and consists of a 

Formative Assessment (FA1), also known as an assignment or test, which count fifty percent (50%) towards the overall mark. 

The Summative Assessment in the form of a final exam
or capstone project (SA1), will count fifty percent (50%). 

No supplementary assessment is provided for FA1. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for SA1, which will be charged for. Please consult the Fact Sheet and Student
Rulebook for additional, detailed programme information. 


Based on credits and notional hours of this qualification, the minimum duration is one year and the maximum duration is three 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. Alternatively, a post school qualification may also be considered, for example, an FET/National Certificate, NQF (OQSF) Level 4, minimum Credits 120.



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.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.