About the Course
The Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) aims to provide students with strong foundational social work education and training to prepare them for a career as Social Work Associates.
The course adopts an integrated approach with theoretical, practical and experiential elements to equip students with principles and practices of social work.
Students will progressively develop the knowledge, skills and values in areas of casework, programme development and implementation, and community practice. They will also acquire helping skills and intervention techniques to work with individuals, families, groups and communities facing different social challenges and issues.
The social service and healthcare sectors in Singapore offer ample employment opportunities given the rising need to provide more services to address critical social challenges such as the rapidly ageing population, widening income gap and evolving family support system.
Social Work Associates are employed in a wide variety of social work settings such as:
- Family services (family service centres, family violence specialist centres, single-parent family support centres, social service offices etc)
- Children and youth services (youth centres, student care centres, child protection specialist centres, children homes etc)
- Eldercare services (senior activity centres, dementia day care centres, sheltered homes, caregiver support centres etc)
- Disability services (early intervention centres, special schools, sheltered workshops, vocational training centres, disability hostels etc)
- Correctional services (juvenile homes, halfway houses, aftercare agencies, prisons etc)
- Healthcare services (hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centres, hospices etc)
In addition, graduates of this programme may also take up the positions of programme executives, volunteer coordinators, home team officers, community development executives and welfare assistants.
With increasing demand for manpower in the social service sector, the opportunities for further training and development upon graduation are abundant.
Graduates with good academic achievements may also pursue a degree in Social Work at local universities such as NUS, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), or overseas universities such as Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology among others.