The LAS for the previous years have been in the range of 9-10 points nett.
We have also accepted students with higher aggregates than our last aggregate score through special admissions exercises such as the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE). From 2019, we will be offering the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) for the top Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students at the Singapore-Cambridge GCE N(A) Level Examinations. Students are encouraged to apply through these schemes if they have the passion for psychology as we do look for students beyond academic grades, such as those who have passion, aptitude, leadership skills and talent (e.g. music, sports).
The number of places offered depends on the yearly demand. The usual intake ranges from 50 – 70 students.
Applicants with Singapore-Cambridge O Level results or equivalent will be ranked according to their aggregate of English Language (EL), 2 relevant subjects (R2) and 2 other best subjects (B2), in short, ELR2B2, based on their GCE O Level results. Please note that A Level holders will be considered based on their O Level results. The Diploma in Psychology Studies falls under Course Group A (ELR2B2-A).
GCE “A” Level holders who meet the minimum entry requirements are welcome to apply into the diploma programme as well. Exemptions for GCE “A” level entrants can be considered on a case – by – case basis.
Yes, they can. Applicants must make sure they meet the minimum entry requirements. International students must also meet the basic English Proficiency requirements as well as hold GCE “O” levels equivalent qualifications. In addition, applicants may also be required to pass an interview for successful entry into the diploma.
Current admission policies allow students from other diploma programmes to transfer into the Diploma in Psychology Studies, provided they meet the minimum entry requirements of the diploma as well as the Last Aggregate Score (LAS) for the year’s intake of students. Transfer students should also take note that credit transfer from old diploma into the new diploma will only be considered on a case – by – case basis.
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Diploma in Psychology Studies students will be attached to relevant industry partners for at least 16 weeks with opportunities for students to apply content knowledge gained from studies into real-world scenarios and practical applications to see the relevance and value of psychology applied in everyday lives.
Industry attachment and exposure to variety of different learning contexts have always been a core emphasis of Temasek Polytechnic. In the past, our students have participated in Overseas Student Internship Programmes (OSIP), Overseas Study Trips (OST), Overseas Community Programmes (OCP) and Overseas Exchange Programmes (OEP).
Students are not only studying psychology but building life – long skills that will equip them for both future employment as well as further studies. Students studying psychology will often emerge with good research and writing skills. The investigation and critical thinking acquired through the study of the subjects also helps evolve higher-level critical thinking ability in terms of analysing, synthesising and evaluating information. Many psychology students are also good problem solvers.
All major local universities recognise Temasek polytechnic’s diploma holders for admission into their equivalent degree programmes. This would also include the areas of Humanities and Social Science (studying psychology or related subjects as a major or minor). Thus, graduates of this Diploma who have done well enough should also be able to gain entry into major local universities. Do refer to the respective university’s websites for more details on their entry criteria.
Advance standing is normally granted based on good academic performance as well as subjects – 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 likely have many opportunities to pursue university degrees in psychology or related disciplines. Temasek Polytechnic has held dialogues with various universities to gain advance standing for our graduates and have received favourable responses from these discussions.
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No, unfortunately you cannot. This course provides a good exposure and learning of psychology and the skills you need as a student of psychology. However, in order to become a psychologist, you will need to further your education, meet the requirements of a registered psychologist as highlighted in the Singapore Psychological Society website. For further information, please refer to SPS’ website: http://www.singaporepsychologicalsociety.org
Psychology students have an advantage, having a deeper understanding of why people act and think the way they do. Hence, graduating with a Diploma in Psychology Studies does not necessarily mean that students must pursue a career in psychology. The knowledge, skills, and training received through the program are in demand in a variety of settings. The diploma puts our graduates in good state to enter a wide variety of people-oriented career paths as well, such as in advertising, sales and marketing, law enforcement, education, human resource and human capital specialist.
Employers value the skills that psychology students have. The diploma program provides a unique combination of developing both academic as well as personal skills. The program also provides opportunities to nurture practical problem solving skills, creative thinking capabilities, critical evaluation, higher order analysis, and practical skills through research projects in the field of psychology through industrial attachment programs.
These are the possible job opportunities for psychology students.
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