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Course Overview

The aim of the part-time Specialist Diploma in Gerontology (Nutrition for Ageing Well) is to provide existing staff and those new to the industry with practical knowledge in gerontology and nutrition, to support older adults. Participants will be exposed to a broad range of knowledge and skills in a variety of functional areas, to help them link learning across different domains. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to gain industry insights and skills to better support active ageing, in the healthcare, social services, food and nutrition industries.


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


a) assess trends and societal factors relating to the management of an ageing population 

b) support in general and nutritional screening and assessment for older adults

c) support individuals/organisations in meal planning for older adults in prevention and management of health conditions

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

The intended target participants are working professionals from the social service, community and health/healthcare sectors, as well as working professionals outside these sectors who are keen 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 Facilitation of Healthy Ageing

The Post-Diploma Certificate in Facilitation of Healthy Ageing provides students with a comprehensive understanding of ageing issues at the individual and global levels, and the resulting challenges posed to current models of health services delivery. Students will be equipped with skills and knowledge to support the formulation and implementation of solutions in the form of programmes, activities, health policies and integrated care services that promote healthy and confident ageing for older adults.

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. 

GSF2002 Programme Planning for Health Promotion with Older Adults

This module will provide participants with the knowledge and skills on planning, development, implementation and evaluation of meaningful activities and programmes that are aimed at promoting healthy and active ageing. Participants will learn to identify suitable activities for clients with varying functional levels across different settings. Case studies will be used to assist participants to apply their learning.

GSF2009 Public Health & Older Adults

This subject will introduce the key areas of study under public health, with a focus on current and emerging global health challenges impacting older populations across developed and developing countries. Topics will examine patterns, causes and effects of health and diseases in older populations, analyse the efficiency of healthcare services and delivery, and understand the interconnectedness of health of the developed and developing world.

Post-Diploma Certificate in Geriatric Nutrition & Therapeutic Diets

The Post-Diploma Certificate in Geriatric Nutrition & Therapeutic Diets provides students with a comprehensive understanding of nutrition and its relationship to chronic diseases. The course equips students with skills to incorporate principles of personalised nutrition therapy into standards of best practice for older adults, enabling them to lead optimal lives. This is the first and only Geriatric nutrition course with an experiential learning approach, led by expert practitioners.

Subject Code Subject
ANAW010 Nutritional Requirements for Older Adults

This subject focuses on the fundamentals of nutrition and healthy ageing, the insights of the physiological changes in ageing. It covers information about nutritional requirements to maintain optimal ageing and prevention of chronic diseases. Planning meals and evaluating dietary intakes based on nutrition principles, guidelines and standards are included. Students will learn and translate nutrition knowledge into personalised meal planning skills for older adults.

ANAW020 Nutrition Screening & Assessment for Older Adults

This subject covers different nutritional screening and assessment tools available specifically to identify malnourished elderly. Early detection of high nutritional risk elderly is essential as early intervention can be implemented and the nutritional changes can be closely monitored.  With the course, students will have the opportunity to learn various digital technology that can be leveraged to improve the elderly's nutrition.

ANAW030 Personalised Therapeutic Diets for Older Adults

This subject focuses on the dietary principles relevant to medical nutrition therapy (MNT) of diet-related diseases in the geriatric population. It covers the basic knowledge of the pathophysiology of some diet-related diseases. Students learn to integrate and apply the knowledge of food and nutrition sciences to personalised meal plans in managing different diet-related disorders in older adults.

Modes of Assessment


Coursework with no examinations. Assessments may consist of a range of components, such as tests, quizzes, assignments, participation, peer evaluation and other appropriate methods.

Career Opportunities

Upon completing the Programme, graduates can look forward to taking up some of the possible positions:


  • programme planning executive
  • healthcare/community care assistant 
  • nutrition assistant
  • food service associate

Course Schedule/Apply

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

17 April 2023

9 November 2022 – 11 January 2023

1 year


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

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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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    Temasek Polytechnic
    East Wing Block 1A, 
    Level 3, Unit 81
    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757

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