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Higher Diploma in Applied Psychology

Introduction to the Programme

Why study Applied Psychology?

People choose to study Applied Psychology for different reasons. Some are curious about people. Some are interested in their personal growth. Some are motivated by a desire to help others. Whichever the reason(s) for studying Applied Psychology, this programme is committed to educating students so that they make a positive difference in the world. The programme equips students with core knowledge in Psychology while further enabling them to major in a specialist field of their choice. This ensures that students not only gain a strong theoretical foundation but also learn how to apply the science of human behaviour to solve real-world problems.

The programme has been designed for:

  • Individuals who wish to specialise in Psychology
  • Individuals who wish to improve career performance by adding to their knowledge and skills. Relevant fields including business, teaching, social work, counselling and healthcare
  • Individuals who are interested in Psychology for their personal growth and interpersonal effectiveness

The programme provides participants with:

  • Core theories in Psychology with in-depth grounding in main foundational components
  • Research-backed evidence and case studies to integrate theories with real-world
  • Understanding of research methodology fundamentals to connect experimental research with practical applications
  • Understanding of ethical, cultural and professional issues

Outcome of the Programme

Upon completion of the programme, students will be awarded a Higher Diploma in Applied Psychology with specialisation in one of the following fields:

  • Child Psychology
  • Consumer Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Industrial/Organisational Psychology
  • Positive Psychology

*If students are interested in more than 1 area of specialisation, they may take additional modules as Specialist Certificates 

Programme Features

Teaching and Assessment

The programme will be delivered through lectures, group discussions, practical demonstrations, video presentations, practical and experiential exercises, case studies, and role-plays. Students will be assessed through written assignments, projects, oral presentations, and videotaped counselling project/examination.

Programme Structure

Lecturer-Student Ratio

The lecturer-student ratio is set at 1:25 to ensure optimum teaching, learning and sharing between the lecturer and students.

Programme Duration

Core Modules: 180 hours or 7.5 months With Assignments and Examinations
Specialist Modules: 24 to 42 hours, or 1.5 to 2 months (Depending on the chosen Specialist module)
Total Duration: 12 months

Programme Delivery

Each classroom session is 3 hours, held once or twice a week.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the course, applicants must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Diploma holders in any field
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Mature applicants not meeting the admission requirements are invited to apply as the program recognises relevant life experiences that students bring with them
  • Application will be considered on a case-by-case basis; in some circumstances, interview might be needed

Course Modules (Core)

Students are required to complete 7 core modules:

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  • History of Psychology
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • States of Consciousness
  • Sensation and Perception
  • Learning
  • Memory, Thinking and Intelligence
  • Emotion and Motivation
  • Personality
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Psychotherapies

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  • Introduction and Prenatal Development
  • Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Middle Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood
  • Late Adulthood

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  • Personal Perception, Self
  • Social Cognition, Attitudes
  • Social Influence, Prejudice
  • Interpersonal Attraction, Personal Relationships
  • Group Behaviour and Gender
  • Helping Behaviour and Aggression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-esteem Issues
  • Addiction Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Trauma

Module Description: This unit introduces common problem areas that clients may present in counselling. Topics covered are stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, self-esteem issues, addiction issues, relationship issues and trauma. These specific client issues will be incorporated within the overall counselling model and process. Professional and ethical issues in counselling will be further addressed in this unit especially in relation to the specific client issues.

Total Number of Hours: 36 hours

Assessment Method: 3 assignments

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  • Perception and Attention
  • Sensory Memory, Short-Term Memory and Working Memory
  • Long-Term Memory, Everyday Memory and Memory Errors
  • Visual Imagery
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning and Decision-Making

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  • Anxiety Disorders and Somatoform Disorders
  • Mood Disorders and Suicide
  • Eating and Sleep Disorders
  • Substance Related and Impulse-Control Disorders
  • Personality Disorders and Schizophrenia
  • Development and Cognitive Disorders

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  • Scientific-Psychology
  • Research Techniques Observation & Correlation
  • Research Techniques Experiments
  • Ethics In Psychology Research
  • How to Read and Write Research Reports
  • Application on Research

Specialist Modules (Electives)

Students may choose from one of the following:

  • Cognitive and Moral Development
  • Socio-emotional and psycho-sexual development
  • Childhood Development Tasks and Hazards
  • Psychological Disorders of Childhood
  • Aggression and Conduct Disorders
  • Child Abuse and Trauma

Module Description: This module provides students with knowledge about the normative course of a child’s development. Students will learn the different facets of healthy development and criteria for health that enable comparison between normal children and children with special needs. The module also covers a range of childhood emotional and behavioural problems that students will learn to identify and explain. This module will benefit individuals who wish to improve their skills and care with children, be it in the capacity of a parent or professional working with children.

Total number of hours: 42

Assessment Method: 2 assignments, 2 exams

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  • Role of Moods and Emotions
  • Consumer Decision-making
  • Social and Cultural Influences
  • Neuromarketing and Sensory Branding
  • Applications in Branding and Advertising
  • Strategies in Pricing, Packaging and Atmospherics Design

Module Description: This module deals with how consumers think, feel, respond and act toward product and service related information and experiences. Learning from various psychology domains, students will gain in-depth understanding of consumer behaviour that in turn helps them to explain, predict and influence consumer responses. A key area of focus is the application of theory to real world marketing problems. The module will benefit professionals in business, marketing, advertising and design industries as well as individuals who wish to understand how companies influence their behaviour in order to make more effective decisions.

Total number of hours: 36

Assessment Method: 1 assignment, 1 exam

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  • Introduction to Counselling
  • Counsellor Awareness
  • Counselling Skills
  • Counselling Process and Model
  • Cognitive Interventions
  • The Therapeutic Alliance

Module Description: The module provides a basic training in the nature and processes of Counselling. Students will be taught counselling skills as well as how to initiate and conduct counselling sessions, and develop a counselling relationship. The module also introduces the concept of Counsellor awareness with students developing an awareness of how their own interpersonal styles and beliefs affect the counselling process. This module will suit individuals who wish to develop counselling skills and knowledge for application in their work (relevant areas include health, social services, education and human resources) or for personal growth and interest.

Total number of hours: 36

Assessment Method: 2 assignments

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  • Job Analysis and Employee Selection
  • Training Systems
  • Motivation and Employee satisfaction
  • Leadership
  • Group Process and Communication
  • Organisational Structure, Culture and
  • Development
  • Stress in the Workplace

Module Description: This module introduces the application of Psychology theories to the world of work. It provides students with an understanding of the psychology of individuals in the organisational context with the objective of organisational effectiveness in mind. The content of the module will focus on the three primary areas of personnel, organisational and human factors psychology. This module is suited for anyone who wishes to develop a comprehensive understanding of the theories, applications and processes that can make a difference in the workplace. It will also benefit those who seek to achieve work-life balance in their own lives.

Total number of hours: 24

Assessment Method: 1 exam

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  • Pleasure and Positive Emotions
  • Happiness
  • Living in ‘Flow’
  • Subjective Wellbeing
  • Optimism
  • Self-determination Theory
  • Positive Interpersonal Relationships

Module Description: This module deals with the science of optimal human functioning that allows individuals to thrive. A large focus of the module is on the nature of subjective experiences such as happiness, well-being and flourishing that sit within and contribute to positive psychology. From this, students will gain strong understanding of the different facets that contribute to a ‘good life’ and learn to incorporate positive practices into their own lives. This module will benefit anyone who wishes to grow and thrive in their personal lives, careers and/or relationships.

Total number of hours: 30

Assessment Method: 1 exam

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*If students are interested in more than 1 area of specialisation, they may take additional modules as Specialist Certificates 

Lecturers

  • Ms Jane Eirene Santos-Kwok
  • Ms Eng Kai Jun, Jovie

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Graduation Requirements

Student must achieve at least 75% attendance for all modules and a minimum passing mark of 50 for all assignments to be awarded the Higher Diploma in Applied Psychology.

Fees and Charges for:

Higher Diploma In Applied Psychology With Specialisation in Positive Psychology:
Higher Diploma In Applied Psychology With Specialisation in Child Psychology:
Higher Diploma In Applied Psychology With Specialisation in Consumer Psychology:
Higher Diploma In Applied Psychology With Specialisation in Industrial/Organization Psychology:

Fees are payable to: ACC Institute of Human Services Pte. Ltd. 

Total after GST$7,736.10
Course Fee$7,130.00*
Registration Fee$100.00
Total Before GST$7,230.00

*Textbooks not included.

Payment Schedule

Please be informed that the school will not collect one-time payment for this programme. Students will pay accordingly to the 2 instalments as seen below:

Total after GST$3,921.55
Registration Fee$100.00
6 months Course Fee$3,565.00
Total Before GST$3,665.00
Total after GST$3,814.55
Balance Course Fee$3,565.00
Total Before GST$3,565.00

We do not accept Cash over the counter. You may however do a bank transfer or bank deposit and forward the proof of your deposit to us at courses @acc.edu.sg. Please call us at 6339 5411 for the bank details.

Payment Option 1:
Payment by Cheque, Nets or Credit Card.

Payment Option 2:
0% interest free instalment plan with selected merchant banks

Fees and Charges for:

Higher Diploma In Applied Psychology With Specialisation in Counselling Psychology:

Fees are payable to: ACC Institute of Human Services Pte. Ltd. 

Total after GST$7,797.09
Course Fee$7,130.00*
Registration Fee$100.00
Module 1 Textbook$52.00
Total Before GST$7,287.00

*Textbooks not included.

Payment Schedule

Please be informed that the school will not collect one-time payment for this programme. Students will pay accordingly to the 2 instalments as seen below:

Total after GST$3,982.54
6 months Course Fee$3,565.00
Registration Fee$100.00
Module 1 Textbook$57.00
Total Before GST$3,722.00
Total after GST$3,814.55
Balance Course Fee$3,565.00
Total Before GST$3,565.00

We do not accept Cash over the counter. You may however do a bank transfer or bank deposit and forward the proof of your deposit to us at courses @acc.edu.sg. Please call us at 6339 5411 for the bank details.

Payment Option 1:
Payment by Cheque, Nets or Credit Card.

Payment Option 2:
0% interest free instalment plan with selected merchant banks