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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

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to:

  • Year 2 (of a 3-year curriculum) or Year 3 (of a 4-year curriculum) of Bachelor of Social Sciences (with psychology as a major or minor study) or other related disciplines offered by local (including HKU) as well as overseas universities, including Bachelor of Social Sciences offered by The University of Hong Kong (HKU);
  • 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);
  • Part-time, 2-year (trimester) Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Sciences, offered locally by Edinburgh Napier University (UK) in collaboration with HKU SPACE.

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

HKDSE

  • Level 2 or above in 5 subjects^ (including Chinese Language and English Language);

OR

HKALE

  • Pass in one AL subject or 2 AS subjects in the HKALE; AND 3 passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

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

OR

  • Hold a recognised Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme, Certificate in General Studies Programme, Pre-Associate Degree Programme or Foundation Programme qualification; OR
  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

^ Applicants are allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: “Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 of the HKDSE Examination.

* Applicants are allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE subject pass.


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

 

Diploma in Foundation Studies Programme

HKDSE

  • Level 1 or above in English Language and  Chinese Language; AND at least 6 points+ in the best 5 subjects#^

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

HKCEE

  • 3 passes in the HKCEE* PLUS Level 2 / Grade E or above in Chinese Language and English Language, or equivalent;

OR

  • Equivalent qualifications will be considered by the College.

 

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.

^ 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” is deemed equivalent to Level 3; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 of the HKDSE Examination.

* Applicants are allowed to use not more than 2 Applied Learning (ApL) subjects in the application. Successful completion of an ApL subject will be recognised as comparable to a HKCEE subject pass.


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

 

Effective from 2017-18 Academic Year:

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 / Mathematics with Applications
  • Introduction to Multimedia
  • Advanced Chinese Language*
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Foundation Psychology
  • Ideas that Shaped the Modern World
  • SELF-Exploration & Enrichment
  • Applied Ethics

 

Associate Degree Year 2

  • English for Academic Purposes II
  • English for Arts and Humanities
  • Hong Kong and Chinese Societies in Transition
  • Politics, Peoples and Cultures: The Making of a Globalising World since 1945
  • 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.