*Higher Diploma in Psychology (Guidance and Counselling)

Key Features

  • Equipping students with a solid foundation in psychology and counselling

  • Arranging group-based counselling activities

  • Engaging students in a 60-hour service learning to sharpen their practical counselling skills

Programme Objectives

  • Equips students with knowledge of major concepts, theories, skills, and research findings in psychology and counselling

  • Helps students to apply psychological and counselling principles to deal with personal, social, academic, and job-related issues

  • Trains students to analyse psychological and behavioral issues scientifically

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:​
  • apply sociological concepts to understand the world;
  • apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues as well as daily life;
  • ​identify the etiology and intervention strategies of mental health problems;
  • examine the role of counsellors in agencies;
  • recognize the impact of diversity upon group processes and dynamics; and
  • identify the differences among various therapy models.


General Education (24 Credits)

  • General English

  • English for Oral Academic Communication

  • Business Communication

  • Chinese Language (Putonghua) for Communication I

  • Chinese Language (Putonghua) for Communication II

  • Introduction to Information Literacy

  • Free Elective (Details​)

  • Free Elective (Details​)


Programme Specific Courses (36 Credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Understanding Sociology

  • Life-span Development

  • Communication and Interpersonal Relations

  • Introduction to Guidance and Counselling

  • Programme Planning and Management

  • Group Guidance

  • Understanding Mental Illness

  • Practical Skills Workshop and Service Learning

  • Crisis Intervention Methods

  • Understanding Social Problem and Social Welfare

  • Exploring Social Psychology

Articulation Prospects

The College has established an articulation agreement with the following overseas universities for our graduates to articulate to the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Counselling Studies (Year 2), University of Huddersfield

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in International Business Communications (Top-up), London School of Business and Management

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Wesleyan College (Up to 50% of tuition scholarships will be given based on grades, recommendations and interviews.)

The College has established an articulation agreement with Hong Kong Shue Yan University for our graduates to articulate to the following degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Counselling and Psychology (Year 2)

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Psychology (Year 2)

Some recent graduates of this programme were admitted to the following Bachelor’s Degree programmes:

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology, City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), Hong Kong Baptist University

  • Bachelor (Hons) of Social Sciences in Social Policy, Hong Kong Baptist University

Career Prospects

  • Counselling

  • Family Services

  • Social Services

  • Student Service Officers

  • Teaching Assistants

Teaching and Learning Support

Training Workshop for Service Learning by New Life Rehabilitation Center

A training workshop for service learning by New Life Rehabilitation Centre was organized for students of Higher Diploma in Psychology (Guidance and Counselling) on 16 March 2017.  Through various group discussion and games, students could enhance their communication skills and team spirit.  Students also shared their experience gained from their internship during the workshop.

輔導服務需求殷切 三大心理學課程培育專才


The following scholarships were available for students with outstanding performance in academic studies, great achievement in extra-curricular activities and/or valuable contribution to the College/University/Community:

  • Lingnan Club Scholarship
  • Lingnan Education Organization Scholarship
  • Lingnan University Alumni Association (Hong Kong) Scholarship

Graduate Sharing

Lo Wing Chi, Joanna

Lo Wing Chi, Joanna

  • Student of Higher Diploma in Psychology (Guidance and Counselling) 2016
  • Year 1, Bachelor of Social Work, The University of Hong Kong
I’m indeed grateful for the amazing school life at LIFE in the past year. The lecturers here are friend-like mentors to me and they are really helpful when you ask them questions in or after classes. I also feel extremely lucky to have met two of my best friends here. We did our homework together and we studied hard together for the exam. If someone tells you that it’s hard to find true friendship in a tertiary institute, don’t trust them! The most wonderful thing for me is joining the English excursion tour to Scotland. The scenery and weather there were absolutely stunning. Don’t miss the chance to join exchange programmes or excursion tours; otherwise, you will regret it. All in all, I am happy that I have enrolled in this programme. 


  • 2017年心理學(諮商與輔導)高級文憑課程畢業生
  • 升讀嶺南大學社會科學(榮譽)學士 ─ 心理學課程三年級


  • 2016年心理學(諮商與輔導)高級文憑課程畢業生
  • 升讀澳洲堪培拉大學文學士(心理學與輔導)課程二年級


  • 2015年心理學(諮商與輔導)高級文憑課程畢業生
  • 升讀香港教育大學心理學社會科學(榮譽)學士課程一年級