This course has been renamed from Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) to Diploma in Social Work - this is to reflect, more accurately, the focus on preparing students for a fulfilling social work career in the social service & healthcare sectors.


About the Course

Play a major role in creating a more cohesive and caring community as a social work associate. Learn about the principles and practices of social work, and develop helping skills and intervention techniques to work with clients. You will also gain skills to handle casework, programme planning, community practice and project management through field placements and various community service projects and initiatives.

What You'll Study

  • Career Prospects

    Upon graduation, you will be eligible to join the Singapore Association of Social Workers as an associate member. Social work associates are always in demand in Singapore due to the aging population, widening income gap and changing family support systems. Career advancement opportunities are plentiful as the social work sector is a dynamic growing sector.

    Employment is available in areas such as:

    • Family services: family service centres, family violence specialist 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, and 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 

    You can also find employment as a care staff, programme coordinator/executive, volunteer executive and youth work associate.

  • 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.

Why we love SW – stories told by graduates

  • Mr Ahmad Zaki Bin Osman
  • Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work), Class of 2018
  • Current Occupation: Case Manager at KidStart@AMKFSC

The Social Work course at SHSS is amazing. Our lecturers were supportive, professional and highly skilled. They provided us with a very positive and engaging learning environment, and were always available to provide additional guidance when needed. The small class sizes also allowed for a more personalised learning experience giving us the confidence to explore and develop our individual competencies, helping us grow personally and professionally.

The different modules have equipped us with the knowledge and skills to contribute and add value to the social work sector.  What I especially appreciate was the practice-based nature of the course, where we learnt from experiences in the ‘real world’ through internships, field visits and community practice projects. This has given me a wider understanding of the social work field and a deeper insight to the reality of actual practice. 

  • Lee Xin Xuan, Danielle
  • Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work), Class of 2021
  • Current Occupation: Social Work Associate at Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS)

I decided to pursue my Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) at Nanyang Polytechnic to equip myself with the skillset needed to advocate not just for people with disabilities, but any marginalised group in society. I believe what sets social work apart from other professions is the heart and mind we have for our clients. The heart we have for our clients drives us to improve their lives, while the mind informs us of our service delivery through our theoretical knowledge. By marrying the two, we are one step closer to transforming our society into an inclusive one, a society where everyone can find his or her sense of belonging.  And this is what makes my job so meaningful.

  • Elshaddai Jeevanathy d/o Venkatesan
  • Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work), Class of 2021
  • Current Occupation: Social Work Associate at Heart@Fei Yue Child Protection Specialist Centre

I have always wanted to better understand the needs of the various communities in our society, and learn how I can play a role to help them meet their needs. Pursuing this Social Work course at SHSS, NYP, has given me the knowledge, skills-set, and opportunities to fulfil my life's passion.  I have absolutely no regrets doing this course because, due to the expansive curriculum, we have been exposed to working with persons with disabilities, older adults, youths, families and more.  I was, thus, able to fulfil my passion in terms of the clientele I desire to work with.  

As with any journey, there are challenges, but our lecturers have always been there to guide and support us in any way they can - be it for assignment consultations or simply a listening ear.

My experience at NYP, with my cohort mates and lecturers, has certainly shaped me into the Social Work Associate I am today. Seeing the impact my role has made on the lives of my clients has brought me great satisfaction and self-fulfilment.

  • David Lee Meng Chong
  • Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work), Class of 2019
  • Current Occupation: Medical Social Work Associate at Changi General Hospital

Social work is a very challenging field. At work, no one day is like another as each day brings different challenges: We not only deal with the external environment that impacts our clients, we also focus on the personal factor, servicing each client as an individual with his or her own needs and outlook on life.  It is, thus, a career that offers a steep learning curve.

The course at SHSS, NYP, has developed my knowledge in a wide range of social issues, and has given me the skills to be competent as a professional medical social work associate. More importantly, the course is also a journey for us to learn more about ourselves and the people around us.

The three years spent studying in NYP are some of the best years in my life.  It has enabled me to constantly improve myself, and empowered me to put aside my own biases, in order to serve the wider community and be the voice for the marginalised population in Singapore.