This course has been renamed from Diploma in Social Sciences (Social Work) to Diploma in Social Work 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.