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Course Overview

This course is jointly offered by Ren Ci Learning Academy and Temasek Polytechnic. It aims to provide in-service professionals and new entrants in the social service, community care and healthcare sectors with a strong theoretical foundation in gerontology and essential practical skills to engage and support older adults and their caregivers in the community.


Upon graduating from the course, graduates should be able to:

  • engage effectively with older adults and community stakeholders to co-create holistic solutions to address complex issues
  • conduct basic medication history-taking and support medication adherence in older adults
  • promote volunteer engagement and retention
  • assist with occupational engagement and community integration of older adults
  • work collaboratively and ethically in ageing services


This course is approved by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and supported by Agency for Integrated Care (AIC).

Entry Requirements

At least a Polytechnic Diploma, or ITE Technical Diploma/Technical Engineer Diploma/Work-Learn Technical Diploma.


Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Who Should Attend

This course is most relevant to in-service professionals and new entrants in the social service, community and healthcare sectors who are keen to upskill or deepen their knowledge in gerontology. It is also suitable for individuals who aspire to join the industry to work with older adults.

What You'll Learn

To be awarded the Specialist Diploma, participants are required to complete a total of 2 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each PDC.



Post-Diploma Certificate In Community-Centric Approach to Healthy Ageing

SSG reference number: TGS-2021010098

Subject Code Subject
GSF2001 Perspectives on Ageing

This subject will provide a multidimensional understanding of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual changes associated with ageing, and how these domains influence quality of life and optimal ageing for older adults. Special focus will be given to chronic illnesses and the mental health of older adults, with an emphasis on dementia and depression. The importance of public health and health promotion strategies will be discussed. 

GSF2005 Coaching & Case Management with Older Adults

This subject introduces coaching and case management frameworks and tools that will prepare participants to assist in developing customised care goals and plans and activating suitable services and resources to meet client and family needs. The subject promotes knowledge and skills required to educate clients on health management, and available programmes and services to optimise client empowerment. 

GSF2007 Administrative Functions in Ageing Services

This subject examines current models and practices relating to volunteer management and retention, and cross sector collaboration. The focus will be on organisations providing ageing services. Innovation methods, ethical issues and risk management frameworks will also be covered. 

APS0101 Medication Use in Older Adults

This subject will introduce basic knowledge on common medication use and possible effects on the cognitive and physical well-being of older adults. The focus will be on equipping participants with skills to conduct medical and medication history-taking and support medication adherence in older adults.

Post-Diploma Certificate In Optimisation of Engagement With Older Adults

SSG reference number: TGS-2021010095

Subject Code Subject
GSF2010 Enabling Activity Participation in Older Adults

This subject will provide foundational knowledge on how engagement influences the quality of life for older adults and strategies to address decreased engagement. Participants will learn how to identify varied engagement needs of older adults, select and recommend value-adding activities to facilitate optimal ageing.

GSF2011 Safety Interventions for Older Adults

This subject will address common safety risks at home and in the community for older adults and the importance of safety interventions. Participants will learn about the internal and external protective factors and strategies to mitigate safety risks. Special considerations for older adults with cognitive impairments will also be discussed.

Modes of Assessment


Written Tests
Written Assignments
Practical Tests (e.g. role-play, demonstration)

Career Opportunities

The course enhances new entrants’ competencies for support care roles such as Nursing and Therapy Aides, Program Executives and Community Support Executives.  The deepening of skills in gerontology will also enable those with relevant prior experience to take on more specialised work involving older adults and/or supervisory roles such as Assistant Manager, Team Leader and Senior Coordinator/Executive.

Course Schedule/Apply

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

17 April 2023

9 November 2022 – 11 January 2023

1 year

Learning mode:
Classroom-based learning
Blended Learning


Course Fees

Course fees per Post-Diploma Certificate

Fees Type Course Fees per PDC
(w GST) 

Singapore Citizens

Aged 40 and above (Individual or SME-sponsored) S$269.64
Aged below 40 S$398.04
SME-sponsored aged below 40 S$278.04
Others & Repeat Students S$2,657.88
Non-Singapore Citizens
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,088.64
SME-sponsored (Singapore Permanent Residents) S$282.72
Others & Repeat Students S$2,721.60

SkillsFuture Credit Approved. For more details, please click here


Course fees payable is based on per Post-Diploma Certificate.

Course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.


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Course Contact

  • 67881212
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
    Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
    Closed during lunchtime, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    and on weekends and public holidays.

  • https://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa
  • Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
    Temasek Polytechnic
    East Wing Block 1A, 
    Level 3, Unit 81
    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757

  • Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.

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