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Internship Handbook

Frequently Asked Questions
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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