Applied Learning Programmes

Programme Objectives


Applied Learning (ApL) is an integral part of the senior secondary curriculum.
ApL aims at:
offering diverse learning programmes for students with interest and inclination in areas other than those provided by the existing school curriculum;
providing students with the opportunities to explore their orientation for life-long learning and career aspirations in specific areas;
preparing students for further studies and/or work as well as life-long learning through the development of foundation skills, thinking skills, people skills, values and attitudes, and career-related competencies; and
offering a substantial outcome for students to obtain recognition for further studies, work, or both at the senior secondary level.

Programme Overview


This course develops among students fundamental knowledge and interest in the field of psychology, and provides an overview of the profession of psychology in Hong Kong. Diverse areas in psychology, such as principles of research design, personality development, mental health, and stress and conflict management will be covered. Students who have completed the course will be able to apply the acquired concepts and skills to daily life as well as social and professional contexts, in addition to enhancing their self-understanding and personal growth.

 Programme Features

  • In Applied Psychology, student-centered learning and teaching activities are designed to enable students to understand the fundamental theories and concepts, develop their generic skills, and address their career aspirations in applied psychology.


  • Different modes of activities are employed in Applied Psychology to provide students with a systematic understanding about the context (e.g. lectures on the overview of applied psychology in various professional contexts in Hong Kong) and eye-opening opportunities to experience the complexity of the context (e.g. career talks by clinical psychologists and visits).


  • Students acquire an understanding of the requirements and fundamental knowledge and skills essential to enable further learning within the area through learning-by-practising opportunities in an authentic or near-authentic environment (e.g. service learning activities to apply psychological principles and techniques in different community settings for various purposes, such as designing educational programme to promote the importance of mental health).


  • Students are also encouraged to develop and apply conceptual, practical and reflective skills to demonstrate innovation and entrepreneurship (e.g. in case study, students apply psychological concepts and principles to analyze human behavior in daily life contexts and make suggestions on solutions or improvements). Students are given opportunities to synergize their studies and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired (e.g. in the Integrated Project, students select a topic of their choice, conduct a literature review, formulate a hypothesis for empirical investigation, develop a research design, collect and analyze data, interpret results and make recommendations).

Programme Structure


Course Details

Course Name Applied Psychology
Course Cluster  Applied Science
Medium of Instruction   Chinese or English
Class Arrangement     Mode 1
Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm / 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Venue: Lau Chung Him Building at Lingnan University
Mode 2
Lessons will mainly be held at students' own schools. Details will be confirmed between course provider and schools concerned.
Enquiries   Ms. Lau 
Tel: 2616-7256