About the Course

Do you have the desire to help others? Do you want to make an impact in Singapore’s social services industry? Then our Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) will give you a strong foundation in social work education and practice. It will prepare you for a successful career as a social work associate.

The course adopts an integrated approach with theoretical, practical and experiential components that cover the principles and practices of social work.

In this course, you will develop the knowledge, skills and values in areas of casework, programme development and implementation, and community practice. You will also learn how to support individuals, families, groups and communities facing social challenges, and implement a variety of intervention techniques.

What You'll Study

  • Career Prospects

    As a social work associate, you can find employment in areas such as:

    • Family services: family service centres, family violence specialist centres, single-parent family support centres and social service offices
    • Children and youth services: Youth centres, student care centres, child protection specialist centres, homes for children
    • Eldercare services: Senior activity centres, dementia day care centres, sheltered homes, caregiver support centres
    • Disability services: Early intervention centres, special schools, sheltered workshops, vocational training centres, disability hostels
    • Correctional services: Juvenile homes, halfway houses, aftercare agencies, and prisons
    • Healthcare services: Hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centres and hospices

    Social work associates are always in demand due to a rapidly ageing population, widening income gap and changing family support systems in Singapore. You can also find employment as a programme executive, volunteer coordinator, home team officer, community development executive or welfare assistant. You can also look forward to career advancement opportunities as needs and demands evolve in this growing and dynamic sector.

  • Further Studies

    Our graduates who have performed well have gone on to pursue a degree in social work at local universities, such as the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS), or overseas at Griffith University and Queensland University of Technology, amongst others.