The Associate in Arts degree in Psychology offers a solid base in the area of psychology. It has been specifically designed to furnish participants with the key theoretical understandings and scientific insights into the complexity of human behaviour and mental processes, and to equip them with practical competencies in specific areas. This associate degree provides students with the foundation courses in the discipline of psychology required to transfer into a baccalaureate programme at both regional and extra-regional institutions of higher learning. It will also be an invaluable course of study for those wishing to get certification as competent paraprofessionals in all areas of human development services.


Five (5) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

*Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Applicants who possess CAPE or A’Level qualifications may be considered for advanced standing (the award of credits towards your degree programme).



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    PSYC 103 Understanding Human Behaviour and Diversity 3 WRIT 117 Fundamentals of Writing 3
    PSYC 122 Foundations of Psychology 3 COMM 118 Communication in the Workplace 3
    PSYC 205 Social Psychology 3 ECON 110 Introduction to General Economics 3
    PSYC 212 Life Span Development 3 LIBS 130 Fundamental Research Skills 3
    PSYC 220 Applied Psychology 3 MATH 116 Contemporary College Math 3
    PSYC 230 Research Methods In Psychology 3 SOCI 102 Introduction to the Study of Society 3
    PSYC 233 Psychology Seminar I-Special Topics in Psychology 3 STAT 120 Fundamentals of Statistics 3
    PSYC 261 Psychology of Adjustment 3  Total Core Curriculum Courses 21
    Three (3) credits taken from the list of courses below Any one (1) course from the College  3
    PSYC 243 Human Sexuality  3 Total Elective Credits 3
    PSYC 257 Family Dynamics 3 SUPPORT COURSES
    SOBE 135 Understanding Communication, Culture and Conflict 3 BIOL 109 Introduction to Human Biology 3
    SOBE 207 Basic Counselling Skills 3 ANTH 250 Caribbean Anthropology 3
    SOBE 218 Contemporary Family Issues 3 SOCI 250 Caribbean Social Problems 3
    SOBE 247 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3 Total Support Course Credits 9
    SOCI 215 Introduction to Gender Studies 3
    SOCI 240 Sociology of Education 3
    SOCI 278 Aging and the Family 3
    Total Credits in Major Area of Study 27

    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To be awarded the Associate in Arts degree in Psychology, students must successfully complete 60 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.0 according to the following distribution:

    Required courses in the major area of study 24 credits
    Guided elective course in major area of study 3 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 27 credits
    Core curriculum courses 21 credits
    Support courses 9 credits
    Free elective courses 3  credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 60 credits

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