PolyU Hong Kong Community College

Associate in Applied Social Sciences (Psychology)

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Course Information

  • Sep 2021 - Jun 2023
Registration period
16 Aug 2021 (Mon) - 20 Aug 2021 (Fri)
HKD 132,925 CEF Reimbursable Scholarship Available
(Local Student's Total tuition fee for two years
(Credits: 60-65)

Non Local Student's Total tuition fee for two years
(Credits: 60-65)
Study Mode
2 Year(s)
Cantonese, English
PolyU Hung Hom Bay Campus

Course Overview

Why this programme?
  • Articulation rate over 93% in 2020
  • Balanced base of social science knowledge with a specialism in psychology
  • Spectrum of articulation pathways besides psychology
  • Pool of elective subjects with high application value

This programme will equip you with a solid foundation in social science knowledge and get you acquainted with different fields of psychology - social psychology, personality psychology, and biological psychology - and their research methods. After graduation, you can pursue a career related to psychology or further studies in related disciplines.

For programme details, please visit: http://www.hkcc-polyu.edu.hk/prog/ad_psy

What you'll learn

Curriculum Structure

You are required to take, in two years, 20 - 21 subjects in total, comprising 12 - 13 General Education Subjects and 8 Discipline-specific Subjects.

General Education Subjects

8 Compulsory Subjects

Language subjects

  • Academic English (Social Sciences) I OR English for Academic Studies (Social Sciences) I
  • Academic English (Social Sciences) II OR English for Academic Studies (Social Sciences) II
  • Chinese Communication for College Students (Cantonese Version) C OR Chinese Communication for College Students (Putonghua Version) C OR Elementary Chinese E & C ~


Mathematics, IT and Critical Thinking subjects

  • Elementary Statistics
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • The Art of Reasoning E & C


Discipline-relevant General Education subjects

  • Hong Kong Society E & C
  • Self Understanding and Communication Skills E & C


4 - 5 Elective Subjects*# (from the following cluster areas)

  • Community, Organisation and Globalisation
  • History, Cultures and World Views
  • Human Nature, Relations and Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Science, Technology and Environment


For the full list of more than 50 General Education subjects, please visit: http://www.hkcc-polyu.edu.hk/GEsubjects/8C111


Discipline-specific Subjects

7 Compulsory Subjects

  • Biological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology


1 Elective Subject# (from the following subjects or from the discipline-specific compulsory subjects offered in the other programmes under the Associate Degree Scheme in Applied Social Sciences)

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Community Field Study E & C
  • Globalisation and Development
  • Guidance and Counselling E & C
  • Human Behaviour and Social Environment
  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Issues in Hong Kong Society E & C
  • Policy, Welfare and Human Values E & C
  • Popular Culture and Consumption
  • Practicum in Human Service Organisations E & C
  • Social Welfare in Hong Kong E & C
  • Working with Groups, Communities and Organisations E & C
  • Working with Individuals and Families E & C


~Students who are non-Chinese speakers, or whose Chinese standards are at junior secondary level or below are required to take this subject.

*Students with Level 3 or above in any one HKDSE subject (other than English) only need to take two General Education elective subjects.

#Offering of individual elective subjects is subject to resources and quota availability.

Medium of Instruction: Most subjects are taught in English, although due to their nature and objectives, some subjects are taught in Chinese. Language subjects are taught in the language in question.

E & C English and Chinese
C        Chinese

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