Higher Diploma in Psychology
2 years full-time QF Level 4
PhD, MA, BBA, HKUST, MSS, CityU
|Medium of Instruction||English|
|Total no. of credits||60 credits|
|Year||Tuition Fee (HK$)|
The tuition fees are subject to review and adjustment without prior notice.
For students with a HKDSE score of 12 or above (2 core subjects + 3 elective subjects)
|Guaranteed Overseas Study Visit|
|At least 1 overseas study visit to widen students’ exposure|
|Directly articulate to senior year entry of the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) programme upon completion of studies|
- Comprehensive syllabus covering theoretical, research-orientated and applied aspects of psychology
- Practical courses taught by experienced professors and practitioners (including counselors, educational and clinical psychologists)
- Curriculum designed to prepare students for a career in social welfare and healthcare settings
- Introduces students to the use of laboratory instruments employed by applied psychologists.
- Free English enhancement programme to strengthen students’ language proficiency
- Attractive entrance scholarship provided to students admitted with a minimum HKDSE score of 12
- Direct articulation into TWC’s BSS upon completion
|Applied Chinese Language (or Basic Chinese)*||Enhancing Academic English Skills|
|Developing English Language Skills|
* Alternate Chinese course for “non-Chinese speaking” students only
|Advertising and Consumer Psychology||Introduction to Politics and Public Administration|
|Appreciating Social Research||Introduction to Statistics|
|Cognitive Psychology: Theories of How We Think||Personal Growth and Mental Health|
|Developmental Psychology||Personality Theories and Individual Differences|
|Empowering Process in the Welfare Settings||Psychosocial Dimensions of Health and Illness|
|Fundamental Skills to Counselling||Social Psychology: Dynamics between Individuals and Groups|
|Introduction to Psychology||Sociology Today|
|General Education (GE) courses|
|Creative and Critical Thinking||+ Select 1 course from the College’s GE course list|
|The Development and Operation of Non-profit Organisations|
Graduates are equipped to enter the workforce at para-professional levels in human services. In particular, graduates can develop a career in health and social care services to provide supervised care to people in need, examples of posts include psychological service assistant, welfare worker and student development assistant. Graduates with satisfactory performance can articulate to senior year entry of the Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Applied Psychology at TWC, or bachelor’s degree programmes at other institutions.
Year 1 entry to Sub-Degree Programmes
For Year 1 entry to sub-degree programmes, applicants should meet one of the following requirements:
- Have obtained Level 2 in five HKDSE subjects including Chinese Language and English Language (“22+222”)*. (Each applicant is allowed to use not more than two Applied Learning subjects in the application); OR
- Have obtained a pass in one AL subject or passes in two AS subjects in HKALE and five passes in HKCEE including Chinese Language and English Language; OR
- Have obtained a pass in one AL subject or passes in two AS subjects in HKALE and three passes in HKCEE plus Level 2 for Chinese Language and English Language; OR
- Have successfully completed a Pre-Associate Degree programme; OR
- Have successfully completed Yi Jin Diploma programme; OR
- Have met the 2nd cut-off line of the respective province for admission to mainland key universities in the National Joint College Entrance Examination (JEE) (普通高等學校聯合招生考試(JEE,PRC)達到所屬省市報讀第二批重點高校分數線以上); OR
- Have obtained equivalent qualifications
Q1: What will I learn in a psychology programme?
A1: Psychology is the scientific study of human mental processes and behaviour. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain, to the actions of different people in our society; from child development, to the care of our elderly. Through the study of psychology, students would work to understand the above complicated human mental processes and experiences. Throughout the above learning processes, students will enhance their understanding of self and others; polish their communication, problem solving, critical thinking and analytical abilities; and develop their conflict resolution skills.
Q2: What are the special features of TWC’s Higher Diploma in Psychology programme compared with other similar psychology programmes?
A2: The programme includes courses that develop students’ ability to work in health and social care settings, as well as their professional ethics for working in public services, private sectors and non-governmental organisations. Students will be able to put the psychological knowledge and skills acquired in these courses into practice through participation in different kinds of volunteer work under the Community Services Programme, which is one of the graduation requirements at TWC.
Q3: Beside the academic results, what other factors will you consider in student selection?
A3: We would be looking for the following qualities at interview when selecting potential students:
- A genuine interest in psychology, human experiences and social science
- All rounded and mature personality
- An enthusiastic learning attitude
- Good communication skills
- A caring attitude
Q4: What is the career prospect for this programme?
A4: Graduates are equipped to enter the workforce at para-professional levels in human services, especially in social welfare and healthcare settings. Graduates will be able to apply psychological knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills, caring attitude as well as professional ethics to work in health and social care and related services.
Graduates with satisfactory performance can articulate to Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) Major in Applied Psychology at TWC as senior-year entry students. They may also choose to further their studies in other social sciences disciplines, health services management, education, etc.
Q5: How can I become a psychologist or counsellor upon graduation?
A5: Holders of Higher Diploma in Psychology can articulate to a bachelor’s degree programme in psychology, which is a pre-requisite for applying for membership of professional bodies such as The Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) and The Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA). They may then pursue further study at a master’s degree level to become a registered professional such as clinical psychologist, educational psychologist and counsellor.
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