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Programme Code

  • HP002 Diploma in College Foundation Studies (DCFS)
  • HP204 Year 1 & 2, Associate Degree (AD)




QF Level: 4
QR Registration No.: 07/001829/4
Registration Validity Period: 05/05/2008 to ongoing 
Successful completion of this programme leads to an award within The University of Hong Kong system through HKU SPACE

DCFS Application Code: DCFS-PSY

AD Application Code: ASSPSY

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 in. 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

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

  • The University of Hong Kong
    Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Social Data Science
    Bachelor of Engineering
    ​Bachelor of Social Sciences
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    BA History
    BA Philosophy
    BSc Gerontology
    BSSc Gender Studies
    ​BSSc Global Studies
    BSSc Psychology
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    Bachelor of Business Administration 
  • City University of Hong Kong
    BA English Studies
    Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
    BSocSc Applied Sociology
    BSocSc Asian and International Studies
    BSocSc Criminology
    BSocSc Criminology and Sociology
    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
    BA (Hons) Social Policy and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
    Bachelor of Communication (Hons)
    Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)
    BSocSc (Hons) China Studies
    BSocSc (Hons) Sociology
  • Lingnan University
    Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons)
    BA(Hons) Contemporary English Studies
  • The Education University of Hong Kong
    BA (Hons) Language Studies - English major
    BEd (Hons) English Language
    BEd (Hons) (Primary) General Studies
    BSocSc (Hons) Global and Hong Kong Studies
    BSocSc (Hons) Psychology

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

Graduates are also eligible to apply for the below degree programmes offered by other institutions:

Other Local Institutions

    • Full-time, 2-year, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Social Sciences, offered 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

  • Obtain Level 2 or above in 5 subjectsincluding 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
  • Hold a Diploma of Applied Education; 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 College Foundation Studies (DCFS) programme.


Diploma in College 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 one of the five HKDSE subjects is Citizenship and Social Development, the requirement will be “Attained” for the subject.

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.

Effective from 2024-25 Academic Year:


Diploma in College Foundation Studies

  • Essential English I
  • Essential English II
  • Effective Speaking
  • Effective Writing / Foundation Grammar
  • Foundation Chinese Language /  Communication in Chinese as a Second Language
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • ICT in Society
  • Introduction to Business
  • Understanding Personal Growth and Development 
  • Youth and Society 


Associate Degree Year 1

  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I
  • Quantitative Analysis I
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Advanced Chinese Language*
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning in Discipline-based Studies
  • Social Problems in Contemporary Societies
  • 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
  • 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.