*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 therapeutic models in psychology and counselling in social service industry;
  • 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;
  • demonstrate proficiency in oral and written language competence in both English and Chinese for future studies or work; and
  • apply problem-solving, IT and critical thinking skills for handling further studies or career pursuit.


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


Apart from Chinese courses and courses which require students to have working knowledge of Chinese, all courses are normally taught in English.

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 in Psychology, Wesleyan College (Graduates will be considered for tuition scholarships up to 50 % of tuition 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

活用心理學 情理兼備 助人助己

Workshop for Service Learning

A Workshop for Service Learning by Student Affairs and Learning Experiences Division was arranged for Year 2 students of Higher Diploma in Psychology (Guidance and Counselling) on 15 March 2018.
Through different psychological tests and interactive activities, students could enhance their self-understanding, strengths, empathy and so as to better perform and develop communication skills with others during service learning.

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

Sit Ka Yan

Sit Ka Yan

  • Graduate of Higher Diploma in Psychology (Guidance and Counselling) 2018
  • Year 1, Bachelor of Social Science in Gender Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
I was glad that I had articulated to the university and deepened self-understanding after my 2-year study at LIFE. At first, I was worried that I could not catch up with the class. Luckily, the lecturers were so nice that they were willing to answer our questions and provide valuable advice on academic and career planning. I used to be nervous about my study and suffered from huge pressure for a long time. The lecturer came to talk to me during the class and shared with me how to get a balance between study and leisure, in which I understood I had to relax sometimes. In addition, the programme offers internship opportunities and valuable practical experience which makes me more passionate in Psychology and allows me to determine in achieving my dream! The experience and knowledge gained at LIFE has made me more mature and equipped myself to handle the courses at university as well as enhancing my self-confidence. I believe I will have the ability to overcome the challenges and difficulties encountered in the future.


  • 2018年心理學(諮商與輔導)高級文憑課程畢業生
  • 升讀香港公開大學心理學榮譽社會科學學士課程三年級
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