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Programmes

Psychology

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCESPsychology

Programme Code

  • HP001 Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS)
  • HP204 Year 1 & 2, Associate Degree (AD)

DFS Application Code: HP 82-104

AD Application Code: HP 83-204

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychologists try to describe, predict, and explain human behaviour and mental processes, as well as help change and improve the lives of people and the world in which they live. Knowledge in psychology can be applied to many different fields, such as teaching, counselling, health and community services, marketing, management and training etc. Graduates of this programme will be trained in knowledge and skills needed for a wide range of work.

 

Programme Aims and Features

  • Equip students with a broad-based social sciences education and a solid foundation in the core areas of psychology, including abnormal, biological, developmental, organisational and social psychology;
  • Emphasises the application of knowledge in psychology to the workplace and to everyday life.

 

Opportunities for Further Studies

Programmes offered by local universities

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Year 2 (of a 3-year curriculum) or Year 3 (of a 4-year curriculum) Bachelor’s degree programmes in Social Sciences (with psychology as a major or minor study) or other related disciplines offered by local universities (including HKU) .

The list below shows the UGC-funded degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:

  • The University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Engineering
    ​Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BA History
    BSc Gerontology
    BSSc Psychology
    BSSc Gender Studies
    ​BSSc Global Studies
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Bachelor of Business Administration 
  • City University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
    BSocSc Applied Sociology
    BSocSc Asian and International Studies
    BSocSc Criminology
    BSocSc Environmental Policy
    BSocSc Psychology
    BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
    BSocSc Public Policy, Management, and Politics​
    BSocSc Social Work
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    ​BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    Bachelor of Communication (Hons)
    BSocSc (Hons) China Studies
    BSocSc (Hons) Sociology
    Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
    BEd (Hons) English Language
    BEd (Hons) (Primary) General Studies
    Bachelor of Science Education (Hons) Sports Science Programme
    BSocSc (Hons) Psychology

*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

Programmes offered by overseas universities

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Social Sciences (with psychology as a major or minor study) or other related disciplines offered by overseas universities:

  • Full-time, Bachelor’s degree programmes offered locally by overseas universities in collaboration with HKU SPACE International College (IC):
    • 2-year, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology with Psychology, The University of Hull (UK);
    • 2-year, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Sociology, The University of Hull (UK).

Students who articulate to an undergraduate degree programme and subsequently to postgraduate studies may also be trained in a specialised field of psychology, such as counselling psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology and industrial / organisational psychology to become professional psychologists.

 

Career Prospects

Graduates could take up positions in the business sector (e.g., marketing assistants, customer services assistants and junior positions in retail and personnel management etc.) as well as the social services sector (e.g. executive assistants or field assistants in NGOs etc.).

2-year Associate Degree Programme

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjects* including English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination; OR
  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies programme; OR

  • Hold a Diploma Yi Jin; OR

  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

Applicants whose HKDSE results do not meet the entry requirements of the 2-year Associate Degree programme should apply for admission to the Diploma in Foundation Studies (DFS) programme.

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

  • Obtain Level 1 or above in English Language and Chinese Language# in the HKDSE Examination, AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects*^; OR

  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

Mature Students

Applicants who do not possess the above academic qualifications, but are aged 21 or above and with relevant work experience will be considered by the College.

 

*Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: 

“Attained with Distinction (II)” is deemed equivalent to Level 4 or above;
“Attained with Distinction (I)” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and 
“Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examination.

#ApL Chinese (for non-Chinese speaking students) would be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification.

^ If the candidate has attempted less than 5 subjects but obtained 6 points or above, the application will still be considered.

+ Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.

Diploma in Foundation Studies

  • General English I & II
  • College Speaking / Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • College Writing / Foundation English
  • Foundation of Chinese Language* / The Science of Everyday Life
  • Chinese Language Enhancement / Western Images of China
  • General Mathematics
  • Elements of Business
  • Multiple Intelligences and Competencies
  • Understanding Hong Kong Popular Culture

 

Associate Degree Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Quantitative Analysis I
  • Information Technology and Applications
  • Advanced Chinese Language*
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • Exploring Hong Kong through Film and Popular Music / Understanding Social Problems in Hong Kong
  • SELF-Exploration & Enrichment
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Foundation Psychology

 

Associate Degree Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Arts and Humanities
  • Health, Technology and Society
  • Histories, Societies and Identities: Connecting the Past to the Present / Representation of People in Popular Art Forms
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Research Methods in Psychology 

 

* Non-Chinese speaking students or students who have not received sufficient training in the Chinese language may apply for exemption from the Chinese course(s), and alternative courses may be assigned.