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Associate of Social Sciences

Behavioural Science (with focus on Psychology)

Programme Code: AD 119 Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315

Application Code 報名編號 : CC 88 - 209


It is believed that change and volatility are essential elements of life in the globalised world. To thrive in this fast-changing, unpredictable environment, it is essential to develop one’s ability to cope with, and even foresee, the challenges. Knowing oneself and others, mastering the logic underlying change, and understanding its consequences are how we could find our niche and prosper in the society. It is to this end that the programme of Associate of Social Sciences (ASocSci) has been developed to build a gateway to the academic and professional world.

Programme Aims & Features

The broad-based curriculum covers major social sciences disciplines, including Psychology, Gerontology, Politics and International Relations, Social Policy and Social Work, Sociology, and Research Methods. The programme focuses on enhancing students’ understanding of human social interaction, social groups and the logic underlying social change. Students will be trained to evaluate social phenomena objectively, scientifically and critically as social scientists. The programme aims at developing students’ social consciousness, international awareness, critical and logical reasoning ability, and self-learning ability. Students will be prepared for academic pursuit in the field of social sciences, and equipped with a practical foundation for entering a wide range of career in different sectors.

Behavioural Science Theme (with focus on Psychology)
This theme provides knowledge and skills of maintaining psychological and behavioural well-being. Major perspectives on psychological and behavioural health will be introduced. After studying courses within this theme, students are expected to be able to analyze factors affecting individual’s psychological well-being.
Gerontology Theme
The theme aims at training students’ evaluation of the social, demographic, economic and other aspects of ageing and an ageing population from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
Politics and International Studies Theme
Social Sciences students who choose to study this theme will be introduced to basic concepts and theories of politics. Students are trained to explain and analyse political issues with different political concepts and theories.
Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme
The theme aims at helping students to examine the roles of social welfare services and social policies in promoting human well-being. Students are trained to critically analyse social problems, social service and social policy with various psychological, sociological and political theories.
Sociology Theme
Students of this theme are trained in sociology traditions. This theme aims to develop students’ critical, analytical thinking in analyzing the society and social issues with different sociological perspectives.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2016 Overall Progression Rate: 79%
Government-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 56%

Many of our graduates/students are admitted to UGC-funded degree programmes every year. The list below shows the programmes that our graduates/students of the past three years articulated to*:

The University of Hong Kong
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BA Cultural Management
BA Religious Studies
BSc Exercise Science and Health Education
BSc Gerontology
BSc Public Health
BSSc Global Studies
BSSc Government and Public Administration
BSSc Psychology
BSSc Social Work
BSSc Sociology
City University of Hong Kong
BA Chinese & History
BA English Studies
BSc Environmental Science & Management
BSocSc Applied Sociology
BSocSc Asian & International Studies
BSocSc Criminology
BSocSc Environmental Policy
BSocSc Psychology
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics (Housing & Urban Studies)
BSocSc Public Policy & Politics (Political Science)
BSocSc Public Policy, Management, & Politics
BSocSc Social Work
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration
BA (Hons) Social Work
BSc (Hons) Investment Science
BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
BSc (Hons) Nursing
Hong Kong Baptist University
BA (Hons)
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature and BEd English Language Teaching (Double Degree)
BSSc (Hons) China Studies - Sociology
BSSc (Hons) European Studies - German Stream
BSSc (Hons) Government & International Studies
BSSc (Hons) Sociology
BSW (Hons)
Lingnan University
BA (Hons) Cultural Studies
BSocSc (Hons)
The Education University of Hong Kong
BA (Hons) Teaching Chinese as a Second Language
BA (Hons) Language Studies - English Major
BEd (Hons) Chinese Language
BEd (Hons) Early Childhood Education
BEd (Hons) Visual Art
BEd (Hons) (Secondary) History
BSSc (Hons) Global & Environmental Studies
BSSc (Hons) Psychology

Through-train Pre-enrolment Scheme

Swansea University
BA in Politics
University of Huddersfield
BSc(Hons) Psychology
BSc(Hons) Psychology with Criminology
BSc(Hons) Behavioral Sciences
BSc(Hons) Sociology and Criminology
BSc(Hons) Sociology and Psychology
BSc(Hons) Sociology
Macquarie University
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Social Science

Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to the full-time top-up degree programmes offered locally by HKU SPACE International College in collaboration with the following university:

The University of Hull, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology with Psychology
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology and Sociology
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Sociology
Middlesex University London, UK
BA (Hons) Publishing and Digital Culture
BA (Hons) Journalism and Media
BA (Hons) Media and Cultural Studies
University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Media Culture and Practice
The University of Western Australia, Australia
Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) - Japanese Language Pathway
Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) - Korean Language Pathway
Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Studies) - Communication Studies Pathway
Bachelor of Arts (Communication and Media Studies) - Language Studies Pathway

Career Prospects

The intellectual and analytical training provided by this programme equips students with competence in academic work and gives them a practical foundation in a range of skills which will be useful in careers such as commerce, human resources, education, government and public administration, as well as being helpful in professions like social work and social administration.


*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • Advanced Chinese Language
  • Quantitative Analysis I or Mathematics with Applications
  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies
  • English for Arts and Humanities
  • Introduction to Multimedia or Information Technology and Applications


Year 1

  • The Basics of Sociology
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Psychology

Year 2

Common across all Themes

  • Social Sciences Research Methods


Behavioural Science Theme (with focus on Psychology)

  • Human Behaviour and Social Environment
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Introduction to Positive Psychology


Gerontology Theme

  • Ageing and Gerontology
  • Sociology of Health
  • Social Policy and Administration
  • Working with Older People


Politics and International Studies Theme

  • Government and Politics of Hong Kong
  • Introduction to Chinese Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to International Relations


Sociology Theme

  • Class and Inequality
  • Hong Kong Society
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Social Policy and Administration


Social Welfare and Social Administration Theme

  • Contemporary Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Human Behaviour and Social Environment
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Social Policy and Administration

(Choose ONE course from each category)

Year 1

Reasoning & Science
  • Ideas that Shaped the Modern World
  • Energy and Environment
  • Food and the Body


Chinese Societies: Heritage and Culture

  • From Revolution to Modernisation: A History of Modern China

Year 2

Humanities and Arts

  • The Process of Theatre Making
  • Applied Ethics


Global Issues and Development

  • Social Institutions and Everyday Life
  • Global and Local Cultures

Courses offered in each semester are subject to student enrolment and resources available.

Suen Hin, Andy
Suen Hin, Andy
  • 2015-16 Associate of Social Sciences (Behavioural Science)
  • Offer received: HKU Social Sciences (Year 3)

Life is like a roller coaster; sometimes it’s not as smooth as we expect. Indeed, on the day of the release of my HKDSE results, it was a disaster for me. However, I didn’t give up and I chose to enter HKU SPACE CC to strive my best to get into university. In these two years I realized that studying in a college is never a bad thing. Here I met a lot of companions who have the same goal as me. I also met many awesome lecturers who are passionate in teaching and show every support to me. I feel really blessed to have them. What’s more, I can finally choose to study something I’m interested in, which is Psychology and find my career goal. Studying in HKU SPACE CC is definitely a valuable experience for me. Here is one of my favourite quotes from the Batman movie, “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” Sometimes we do fall down badly, but in this process we will become stronger. Staying positive will always be a key to success. Let bygones be bygones and get well prepared for the future challenge. Good luck!

Fung Ming Him, Michael
Fung Ming Him, Michael
  • 2015-16 Associate of Social Sciences (Behavioural Science)
  • Offer received: HKU Social Sciences (Year 1)

“What didn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I failed in HKDSE but it didn’t defeat me. I wiped my tears and prepared the best for upcoming challenges. HKU SPACE CC has provided everyone a platform to introspect for previous deficiency. Lecturers from Social Sciences domain are all nice and passionate. They are good role models for students. They provide useful consultations on both future career and academic which has encouraged me to embrace challenges. I would never say studying in Associate Degree programmes is the end of the story. Instead, it turns you to a new leaf and brand new chapter.

Li See Wai, Bianca
Li See Wai, Bianca
  • 2014-15 Associate of Social Sciences (General Theme with focus on Psychology)
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Work, Year 1
  • Offer received: CityU Bachelor of Criminology, Year 3
  • Offer received: CityU Bachelor of Media and Communication, Year 3

Early when I entered HKU SPACE CC, I described it as a jail. Life is harsh in here because the heavy workloads push you to the limits and remind you that you have no time to relax yourself if you want to escape from this hell. Luckily, I’ve met life-long buddies and allies here as well. We work together and fight for the mutual targets together. They not simply provide spiritual supports to me but also flourish my 2-year life in HKU SPACE CC! So, forget the frustrations. Today your new life begins! Stay tough! Stay focus to your dream! One day, you deserve the achievements from your efforts paid!

Lit Hoi Tung, Daniel
Lit Hoi Tung, Daniel
  • 2014-15 Associate of Social Sciences (General Theme with focus on Psychology)

“When life throws you a curve, lean on it.” This College is the most worthy curve that I have ever embarked on. It's understandable that students would feel dazed with the HKDSE failure. By joining this College, you gain a valuable experience of clarifying life goal. Coming with group presentations and campus life, you are equipped with practical time-management, problem-solving and communication skills, which are useful for shaping a mature self towards a successful path. Also, all lecturers in the Social Sciences domain are caring and professional, who are the best educators that I have ever met. You will capture more than you expect once you lean on HKU SPACE CC.

Wong Ching Ki
Wong Ching Ki
  • 2013-14 Associate of Social Sciences (General Theme A - Psychology), Year 2
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Sciences

I got a HKU offer of 4-year Social Sciences programme. In fact,I didn't think that I would get this offer before interview. I just consider that if I apply this programme, I have 50% to get the offer; if I don't apply this programme, I have 0% to get the offer. After the interview, I felt satisfied with my performance. But I i didn't think about it anymore. "I do the best, God do the rest!" To me, I believe if something belong to me, they will belong to me, and vice versa. We should have faith that God has something better in store. Anyway, thanks people who help me and support me!

Leung Cheuk Man Ada
Leung Cheuk Man Ada
  • Offer received: CUHK BSSc in Sociology

I never thought that any of my time has been wasted because there is always a strong feeling of "genuine learning". Courses in HKU SPACE CC have helped train me to become a more capable social sciences student. Now I believe I am quite equipped to meet the requirements of universities and I am ready to face the challenges in my future studies.

Teresa Leung
Teresa Leung
  • Offer received: CityU BA in English Studies
  • Offer received: Lancaster University BA in Psychology
  • Offer received: The University of Sheffield BA in Psychology
  • Offer received: University of Sussex BSc in Psychology
  • Offer received: University of East Anglia BSc in Psychology

I have found these few years to be extremely fruitful. Most of the lecturers that I have encountered are of high quality, either academically or in terms of their teaching attitude. More importantly, in HKU SPACE CC, as long as you have paid enough effort, you are very likely to get what you deserve. Strive for the best, no regrets!

Ng Ka Man Janis
Ng Ka Man Janis
  • Offer received: CityU BSc in Criminology

Group assignments are emphasized in tertiary education and it is thus important to plan your lectures timetable with your friends together. I am very grateful that I had three good friends to accompany me throughout the two years of study. We had all lectures together and of course finished all group assignments together. The friends whom I have made in HKU SPACE CC not only helped me to get admission to a bachelor’s degree, but also enriched my life in these two years.

Cheng Lik Wai Nikko
Cheng Lik Wai Nikko
  • 2012-13 Associate of Social Sciences (General Theme A - Psychology), Year 2
  • Offer received: HKU Bachelor of Social Sciences Year 2 (Accepted)
  • Offer received: HKBU Bachelor of Sociology Year 2

Studying courses in social sciences here in HKU SPACE Community College was not an easy task for me during the first few months since I had little exposure to the relevant subjects in my secondary education. However, the curriculum designed by the College is so student-centred that it is customized to cater to the needs of students who are even not familiar with this programme. Studying under such a comprehensive and well-organized curriculum, I have been equipped with both the theoretical and practical knowledge in many areas of social sciences, ranging from psychology to politics. Furthermore, what is unexpected is that most of the lecturers here are not only knowledgeable but also genuinely caring and generous. This has inevitably cultivated a comfortable atmosphere for all kinds of students to learn and grow in their academic and personal life. So it is definitely my honour to be one of the students of the programme of the Associate of Social Sciences.

Chung Tsz Kwan Charmaine
Chung Tsz Kwan Charmaine
  • 2013-14 Associate of Social Sciences (General Theme A - Psychology), Year 2
  • Offer received: CUHK Psychology (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CityU Criminology (Year 3)
  • Offer received: CityU College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (Year 1)
  • Offer received: PolyU Applied Psychology (Senior Year)

Two years at the College has made me a mature learner. Academic life requires active and motivated learning. I enjoy listening to lectures a lot, which has made me understand human behavior differently. I have also met lecturers who are enthusiastic about their profession and teaching, from whom I learn not only academic knowledge, but also their personal experiences and interests, which are sources of motivation for my pursuit of knowledge. The many wise people I encounter here must include classmates, who later became my good friends. We spend lectures together, work for challenging group assignments from day to night, and nevertheless share laughters and tears together. I hope that you will share such experiences, and I wish you a fruitful life here.

Lai Sze Man Karen
Lai Sze Man Karen
  • 2013-14 Associate of Social Sciences (General Theme A - Psychology), Year 2
  • Offer received: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Bachelor of Science in Gerontology)
  • Offer received: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Bachelor of Arts in Social Policy Administration - Senior Year Entry)
  • Offer received: The University of Hong Kong (Bachelor of Social Sciences - Senior Year Entry)

It has been nearly two years since I first started studying in HKU SPACE Community College. It is amazing to see how far I have come and what I have accomplished when studying the Associate of Social Sciences programme. I have gained an in-depth understanding of the world that we are living in and developed a critical stance when examining different social issues. Undeniably, life in CC is not easy as we have a heavy workload during the semester. However, the experience is rewarding in itself because I learn about multi- tasking and to work efficiently under stress. The lecturers are passionate in teaching and always ready to offer help. If you are looking for a completely different learning environment, do come and join us!

Lee Meng Meng Minnie
Lee Meng Meng, Minnie
  • Associate of Social Sciences
  • Offer received: HKU BEd Liberal Studies Teaching (Year 1)

Learning is a life-long journey. The past two years that I have spent at HKU SPACE Community College have been a crucial turning point for me. Undoubtedly, life is tough. However, it is true that if you work hard, it will pay off. Life in the Community College has been truly memorable and I really appreciate the way that lecturers are always ready to help us. In addition to teaching us theories, they also equip us with the skills to enter university, as this is actually a mutual goal. Throughout the whole journey, these professional always encourage and support us. They are the ones who have frequently told us not to give up and do whatever it takes to fulfill our dream.

Leung Wing Kuen Vicky
Leung Wing Kuen Vicky
  • Associate of Social Sciences
  • Offers received: HKU BSocSc (Year 2)
  • Offers received: CityU BSocSc (Hons) in Policy Studies and Administration (Year 2)
  • Offers received: CityU BSocSc (Hons) in Asian and International Studies (Year 2)
  • Offers received: HKIEd BSocSc (Hons) in Global and Environmental Studies (Year 1)

The two years spent at HKU SPACE CC has been essential preparation for my further studies. As an insider, I love the active learning environment among my fellow students. Added to this, I appreciate the passion of the lecturers in teaching, inspiring students' thinking as well as answering our endless questions. To me, by studying Social Sciences, particularly Politics and Administration, HKU SPACE CC has broadened my understanding of society and honed my analytical skills, I learnt to view real-life issues from various perspectives. Even now, I still perceive that the period spent studying at HKU SPACE CC was an incredibly influential life stage which enabled me to engage in a thorough reflection on my own interests, abilities and goals.