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Diploma in Psychology Studies (T48)

2018 Planned Intake: 70 JAE 2018 Last Aggregate Score: 10

TP’s Diploma in Psychology Studies will give you the foundations of understanding how people think, behave, communicate and interact with one another. There are many behavioural methods that psychologists apply to get to the bottom of the matter.

Delve into the many areas psychology from human development to counselling, and find out everything you need to know about yourself. The course lays a firm foundation in the essential disciplines within psychology. It also seeks to equip students so that they will be able to make practical applications of psychology in professional settings, such as the social services, special needs education and research sectors.

 I am happy to note that this course, which equips graduates with skills and knowledge from the discipline of applied psychology… will certainly help to address the industry’s demand for skilled professionals in areas such as human resource management and development.
—  Ho Geok Choo
     President, Singapore Human Resources Institute
     Co-Chair, Human Resource Manpower,
     Skills & Training Council (MSTC)
Exciting career opportunities awaits

 

What you will learn

  • Foundation Psychology B: People in Contexts

    Research

    In this suite of subjects, students will learn the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake applied projects in the field. Students will learn to design studies, collect both qualitative and quantitative data, and conduct statistical analyses to interpret the collected data. This training will provide students with critical thinking skills and an empirical mindset to provide solutions for problems that they may encounter in the course of their future jobs, further education and in everyday life. Students will also be given the opportunity to collaborate on projects with our industry partners, and to apply what they learnt to solve real-world problems.
  • Social Services

    In this suite of subjects, students will be exposed to an overview of the social service sector in Singapore. Students will also acquire knowledge and skills in the areas of counselling and group work. These competencies will be exercised in their final year, where students apply what they have learnt in a real-world community project.
  • Special Project

    Special Needs Education

    Through the suite of subjects offered in the area of Special Needs Education, students will be informed on the latest issues and trends faced by individuals with special needs. Students will also be equipped with knowledge and skills in the areas of classroom management and behavioural interventions for individuals with special needs. In the final year of their diploma programme, students will have an opportunity to apply their knowledge in collaborative projects with our industry partners, while being immersed in a special education environment.
  • Psychological Concepts & Theories

    Through the diploma’s core subjects, students will learn about foundational psychological concepts and theories. The knowledge gained from these subjects will provide students with insights into human thoughts and behaviours, which will be useful for future careers in the areas of social services, special needs education, or any other careers that require in depth understanding of human behaviour and mental processes.

Notable Features

  • This course lays a firm foundation in the essential disciplines within psychology. It also equips students to make practical applications of psychology in professional settings. 
  • It develops graduates with relevant knowledge, skills and attributes to take up jobs in key industry sectors, such as social service and special needs education. 
  • It provides a choice of specialisations with electives such as Abnormal Psychology, Assessment & Interventions in Special Needs Education, and Health Psychology. 

Graduates will be equipped with a solid foundation in the knowledge of human behaviour. They will also possess life skills (e.g. critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal communication), research skills, as well as domain-specific knowledge and skills to take on job roles in relevant industry sectors. 

Career Prospects

With Diploma in Psychology Studies:

  • Psychology Assistant
  • Social Work Associate
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Autism Coach
  • Allied Educator (Learning Behavioral Support)
  • Learning Support Associate
  • Research Assistant
  • Paracounsellor
  • Student Support Assistant
  • Programme Executive (Social Services)
  • Care Staff (e.g. Children’s Home)
  • Youth Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator

 

With University Degrees in Psychology:

  • Psychologist (in a specialised field)
  • Social Worker
  • Research Officer
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Counsellor
  • Behaviour Therapist
  • Educator
  • Research Coordinator

Further Education

Advanced standing is normally granted based on good academic performance as well as subject to subject matching between the diploma course and the undergraduate course you wish to pursue at the university. Thus, graduates who do well in this diploma will stand a higher chance to pursue university degrees in psychology or related disciplines. Temasek Polytechnic has held dialogues with various universities to gain advanced standing for our graduates and have received favourable responses from these discussions. 

Please click on the Diploma to Degree pathfinder link below for the most updated list of local and overseas degrees with advanced standing arrangements.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-6
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-7
Any three other subjects, excluding CCA Grades 1-6

To be eligible for selection, applicants must have sat for at least one of the following subjects: Art/ Art & Design, Business Studies, Combined Humanities, Commerce, Commercial Studies, Economics, Geography, Higher Art, Higher Music, History, Introduction to Enterprise Development, Literature in English, Literature in Chinese, Literature in Malay, Literature in Tamil, Media Studies (English)/ Media Studies (Chinese), Music.

Applicants must have also sat for one of these subjects: Additional Mathematics, Art/ Art & Design, Business Studies, Chinese, Combined Humanities, Commerce, Commercial Studies, Creative 3D Animation, Design & Technology, Economics, Elementary Mathematics, Food & Nutrition, Geography, Higher Art, Higher Chinese, Higher Malay, Higher Music, Higher Tamil, History, Introduction to Enterprise Development, Literature in English, Literature in Chinese, Literature in Malay, Literature in Tamil, Malay, Media Studies (English), Media Studies (Chinese), Music, Principles of Accounts, Tamil.

* Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/ Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language subject (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris).

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Course Structure

TP Fundamentals

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
GCS1006

Students will learn to research, validate information sources, plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. Students will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. 

12
GCS1007

In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms. In all aspects, the principles of applying Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will be covered.

12
GCS1008

In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will also be applied when engaging in verbal and written communication.

12
IED1001

This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility.  In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in you through the LEAN startup framework, idea crystallisation, prototype building, customer testing and validation, refinement of business model canvas, and crowdfunding/crowdsourcing avenues.    

12
LEA1011

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1012

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LEA1013

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

11
LSW1002

This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.

12
MCR1001

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics. It aims to cultivate the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to conduct yourself professionally, adapt and respond to the changing job market environment.

11
MCR1002

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics. It aims to cultivate the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to conduct yourself professionally, adapt and respond to the changing job market environment.

11
MCR1003

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.  It aims to cultivate the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to conduct yourself professionally, and to adapt and respond to the changing job market environment.

11
GCC1001

This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.

12
TFS1002

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.

13
TFS1003

You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.

13
TFS1004

This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.

13
TFS1005

Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. You will explain the role of cultural heritage stakeholders and learn to conduct cultural story-telling. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.

13
TFS1006

This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.

13
GIP3005

This internship programme is a 12-week attachment to relevant organisations that will enable you to link and practise your learning with the real world. You will have opportunities to handle real problems and issues, and apply the concepts and skills that you have acquired in the course of your study.

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* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects OR Guided Learning (TFS1006).

Diploma Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
GPS1001

This subject provides you with an overall perspective and understanding of psychology as a scientific study of mental processes and human behaviour. Fundamental concepts, theories and methodology in the study of psychology will be explored to enhance your understanding of the biological, cognitive and social bases of behaviour.

14
GPS1007

This subject builds upon your foundational understanding of statistical concepts and data analysis methods. It equips you with the knowledge, skills and techniques, as well as hands-on experience in the conduct of empirical and qualitative research in psychology and the social sciences.

14
GPS1020

This subject provides a broad introduction to the social services sector in Singapore, including the special needs education sector. You will be introduced to the social services landscape including the key agencies in the sector, as well as the issues and challenges faced within this sector.   

14
GPS1021

This subject aims to provide you with an overview of research methodology and statistical tools in the social sciences. This will include an introduction to the enterprise of scientific research, research ethics, and also rudimentary research methods and statistical concepts, in order to prepare students for more advanced research methods subjects.

14
GPS1022

This subject provides you with an introduction to the range of special needs and types of disabilities encountered in the special needs education sector. It equips you with foundational understanding necessary to build towards higher-order skillsets in the areas of classroom management and the development of interventions for people with special needs.

14
GPS2001

This subject equips you to address more complex research questions using an expanded range of research designs and statistical techniques. You will be given opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and techniques and employ statistical software to analyse and interpret data from a range of psychological experiments.

24
GPS2005

This subject is about the scientific study of the interactions between people and the social contexts they live in. Through exploring real-world social events and situations, you will gain a deeper appreciation of how people’s thoughts, emotions and behaviours are influenced by other people.

24
GPS2007

This subject examines theories and methodologies covered in developmental psychology. You will explore and gain a deeper understanding of how people change at each developmental phase as a result of interaction between innate factors and external experiences.

24
GPS2014

This subject involves seminars and workshops conducted for deeper study and inquiry into special topics exploring the application of psychology in specific settings such as personal, social and organisational settings. Supervised by staff or guest lecturers who are experts in their fields, the subject is designed to encourage research as well as the intensive study of specific topics and areas that could vary depending on resources and expertise.

24
GPS2017

This subject explores two main thematic areas of human information processing, namely, perception and cognition. You will explore topics such as sensory perception, attention, learning and memory, knowledge structure, language, judgment and decision making in order to enhance your understanding of how human beings perceive and process information.

24
GPS2021

This subject aims to provide an introduction to the field of counselling psychology. You will learn about the fundamentals of counselling and discuss the theoretical perspectives that guide the work of counselling psychologists. You will also explore contemporary issues that influence the counselling profession, including ethics, assessment and working with diversity, and to learn about special approaches and settings for counsellors.

24
GPS2024

This subject equips you with the knowledge and skillsets necessary to develop and carry out group work sessions in the context of the social service sector.

24
GPS2025

Psychology is not just a theoretical subject. It holds valuable and practical applications across a wide range of personal, interpersonal and professional settings. This subject allows you to apply previously learnt psychological techniques and research skills in a survey research project to better understand individuals in an applied setting. 

24
GMP3001

The major project is intended to complete your training by providing a real-world experience to integrate and apply your knowledge in a practical learning situation. Besides research, design and project management skills, the emphasis will also be on innovation, creativity, teamwork and enterprise.

38
GPS3016

This subject builds on skills and experience gained from earlier project work-related subjects. More opportunities will be provided for you to explore the various fields in psychology and apply psychological knowledge in greater depth. You will be required to conduct an experimental research project from a range of relevant topics.

34
GPS3013

This subject provides you with opportunities to apply psychological knowledge, research methods and intervention strategies within industrial and organisational settings. You will explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of personnel and organisational psychology. Learn about how psychology can help people become more effective at the workplace. 

34
GPS3014

This subject helps you understand the ecological interaction between individual, group, organisational, community and societal factors and their effect on the health and affective well-being of all members of a community. It will also introduce you to the theories and paradigms of research and action, promotion of psychological resilience and prevention of mental health problems, based on community psychology perspectives.

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·       Social Services

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
GPS2010

This subject examines the impact of mental, emotional and behavioural factors that affect the onset, duration, recovery and prevention of physical illnesses. You will also learn to analyse health and disease issues using psychological principles and techniques in the context of an interrelated and diverse world.

24
GPS3003

This subject explores concepts and issues surrounding abnormal behaviour and illnesses. You will explore major theories on how physiology, cognition, developmental, social and other issues influence behaviour. You will also be provided with an overview of intervention methodologies and techniques commonly used in the treatment of maladaptive behaviours and psychological disorders.

34
GPS3015

This subject focuses on raising awareness of the theoretical, psychological and developmental perspectives on deviant behaviour. In addition, it examines the psychological factors that relate to crime on a general level, specific offences and also specific offender and victim groups. You will learn to evaluate the contribution of psychology to the explanation of deviant behaviour in a multi-disciplinary framework. You will also gain an understanding of the Singapore prisons and rehabilitation system.

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·       Special Needs Education 

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units
GPS2026

This subject presents an overview of the types of teaching and intervention approaches in managing people with different types of special needs. It also explores teaching strategies to support learners with various special education needs.  

24
GPS2027

This subject covers the different types of assessments, and guidelines for their use in the context of special needs education. The subject also explores different programming strategies and interventions to support learners with various special needs.

24
GPS3012

This subject will provide you with the opportunity to apply evidence-based strategies in developing appropriate interventions, training or educational materials in special needs education. You will work with an actual industry partner to meet a specific industry need in the special needs sector.

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To be eligible for graduation, a candidate from the Diploma in Psychology Studies must have attained a minimum of 120 credit units and meet the following requirements: 

  • Completed a minimum of 36 credit units of TP Fundamentals subjects
  • Completed a minimum of 72 credit units of Diploma Core subjects
  • Completed a minimum of 12 credit units of Diploma Elective subjects

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Contact Us

For Admission enquiries, please email: admissions@tp.edu.sg

For general enquiries, please contact:

School of Humanities & Social Sciences
General Office:  EW1A-03-111
Temasek Polytechnic
21 Tampines Avenue 1
Singapore 529757

  (65) 6780 6565
  (65) 6789 4080
  hsshotline@tp.edu.sg

Happenings

Psychology Study Trip to Perth 2017

In April 2017, a study trip was conducted for students from the Diploma in Psychology Studies. The trip brought them to Perth, Australia, where they visited Psychology research centres and laboratories. They also attended sharing and interaction sessions with Psychology professors, practitioners, and university students. Through these activities, students were exposed to the various research areas and industry applications of Psychology in Australia.

 


 


 


 

JENESYS Trip to Japan 2017

HSS has a close relationship with the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE). In 2017, they invited 19 HSS students and a lecturer to participate in an educational trip under the JENESYS programme to Japan (Tokyo and Hakodate). Through various visits to cultural sites, places of interests, as well as interactions with the Japanese, our students have gained a global understanding of Japan’s economics, society, policy, and culture. The trip promoted mutual trust and friendship ties between Japan and Singapore, which also brings about a platform for future cooperation. 

 


 


 


 

Our Students’ Internship Experience

All our final year students have to complete an internship with a relevant company. The aim of the internship is to give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to the workplace. We place students in a wide range of industries and companies. These include human / social service oriented companies, research organizations, consultancy companies and government organizations. Our past students have all enjoyed their internship experiences and have come back saying they really have learnt a lot from the experience.

Institute of Adult Learning (IAL)
"If you are wondering what "IAL" stands for, it's actually The Institute for Adult Learning! The IAL is a subsidiary organisation under the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) which aims to enhance the capabilities and professionalism of adult educators by spearheading and setting outstanding standards in the design and delivery of adult education programmes. As the saying goes, “All things are difficult before they get easy.” Simply put, our internship at the research division of the Institute for Adult Learning has been a fruitful and surprisingly pleasant experience which has definitely taught us plenty. 

When we first arrived, we had doubts about fitting into the IAL research division. This was because we had little or no prior knowledge in the field of adult learning! However, we soon fit in! From mastering mind-boggling jargon to having the guts to speak out in a discussion, we have gathered a wealth of invaluable tacit knowledge that is otherwise inaccessible through textbooks and other means of formal learning in a school setting. 
Althought we faced tremendous inertia while trying to adapt to getting up early (the company's at REDHILL) and staying awake in the office, we were thriving on the sense of achievement we get when we finish each task assigned to us! 

- Audrey, Casey & Weikee


Pathlight School

"Pathlight School is the only school in Singapore that offers a Unique Blend of Academic and Life Readiness Skills for children with autism and related disorders. As part of my 11.5 week internship, I supported the schools’ classes and interacted with the students. Through this, I learnt more about autism and the behaviors of autistic children. Working with the supportive teachers, staff and students there helped me broaden my perspectives and brought me great joy. I was also given opportunities to observe specific students – which allowed me to put in practice some of the theories I had learnt in modules like Child Psychology. The internship at Pathlight School was very meaningful and fulfilling for me.After completing my internship,, I feel even more strongly about the 5 Cs Pathlight School upholds. They are Character, Competence, Compassion, Conviction and Contribute. These are the important values that I will always remember." 
- Lee Mei Wah

 
Trybe
“As a non-profit youth development organisation, Trybe focuses on developing and empowering youths from different walks of life through the youth-mentor relationship. During my three months of internship with Trybe, I was given the opportunity to be involved in several school-based programmes on self-awareness, leadership skills and service learning. Witnessing the growth and change in the youths at the end of each programme gives me a sense of satisfaction and fulfilment. The staff and volunteers at Trybe has been especially helpful. Through their guidance and mentorship, I have learnt more about myself and grown in many aspects.” –

- Choon Jia Xin, Class of 2015

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