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Course Overview

This course is jointly offered by St Luke’s ElderCare and Temasek Polytechnic. It aims to equip existing professionals and fresh entrants in the social service, community and health/healthcare sectors with practical knowledge in gerontology, and the skills required to promote optimal ageing amongst older adults.


Participants will learn how to:
 

a. Engage effectively with older adults and stakeholders to identify changing needs.

b. Identify trends and societal factors relating to managing an ageing population.

c. Provide solutions to promote optimal ageing.


This course is mapped to the SSG Skills Framework for Social Service, and the Agency for Integrated Care’s (AIC) Skills Standards Framework for Support Care Roles (various roles).


Website: slec.org.sg

Application/Entry Requirement

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 of 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 Person-Centred Approaches in Ageing

 

The Post-Diploma Certificate in Person-Centred Approaches in Ageing provides students with a holistic understanding of the ageing process that emphasises the importance of ageing well and with dignity and respect. Students will gain practical programme planning skills to develop programmes and activities that suit the varying needs and wants of older adults.

Subject Code Subject
GSF2001 Perspectives on Ageing

This module will provide a multidimensional understanding of the physical, psychological and social changes associated with ageing and how the interplay of these domains influence the quality of life of older adults. Special focus will be given to chronic illnesses and the mental health of older adults, with 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.

GSF2003 Advance Care Planning & End-of-Life Issues

This module will examine emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual issues that may arise in the process of dying, and the roles that family, support staff and Intermediate and long term care (ILTC)  providers play in supporting the terminally-ill in the community and inpatient settings. Participants will be equipped with knowledge and skills to contribute to advanced care planning and implement advanced care directives.

GSF2004 Practicum 1

This module provides participants with the opportunity for self-directed leaning, to apply knowledge and skills acquired. Participants will engage in practical activities and/or project work aligned to the identified learning needs and area/s of interest within the Post-Diploma Certificate.

  • Identify an area of skills application to promote own competency
  • Identify an area of need (relating to: own professional competence, a client, client group, or your/an organisation) that is aligned with a focus area selected.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Management of Ageing Services

 

The Post-Diploma Certificate in Management of Ageing Services provides students with specialised knowledge and skills relevant to working with special groups of older adults in the community. It also equips students with organisational awareness and skills to become an efficient team member.

Subject Code Subject
GSF2005 Coaching & Case Management with Older Adults

This module introduces coaching and case management frameworks and tools that will prepare participants to assist in developing customized care plans and activating suitable services and resources to meet client and family’s needs. Participants will also be equipped with knowledge and skills to educate clients on health management and available programmes and services so as to optimise support and empowerment.

GSF2006 Physical Activities for Older Adults

The module will take a deeper look at structural, physiological, and functional changes occurring during adulthood and the implications of these on older adults’ well-being. Participants will learn how to design, conduct and evaluate individualized exercise programmes aimed at preventing falls and improving functional independence in the community.

GSF2007 Administrative Functions in Ageing Services

This module covers topics such as volunteer management, client centric values and customer service, communication, teamwork, workplace safety, quality management, managing resources, and professional development and self-care. Through this module, participants will gain the skills required in becoming an effective team player who is able to provide quality service with given resources.

GSF2008 Practicum 2

This module provides participants with the opportunity for self-directed leaning, to apply knowledge and skills acquired. Participants will engage in practical activities and/or project work aligned to the identified learning needs and area/s of interest within the Post-Diploma Certificate.

  • Identify an area of skills application to promote own competency
  • Identify an area of need (relating to: own professional competence, a client, client group, or your/an organisation) that is aligned with a focus area selected.

Modes of Assessment

 

  • Assignments
  • Project Work
  • Quizzes/Tests

 

We practice a Bring Your Own Device system at the School of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course can ride on the growth in manpower demand in the many sectors serving the older population. Upon completion of this course, those who have relevant prior experience can expect to take on more specialised work involving older adults and/or higher level job roles such as Assistant Manager, Team Leader and Senior Coordinator/Executive. The knowledge in applied gerontology will also equip fresh entrants to the sectors with relevant knowledge and skills to work with older adults in various settings such as senior activity, wellness and active ageing centres, daycare/day rehabilitation centres, homecare and nursing homes.

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

19 April 2021

02 November 2020 - 11 January 2021

1 Year

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Course Fees

Course fees per Post-Diploma Certificate

Fee Type Course Fees
(w GST) 
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents S$265.20
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above S$256.80
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 S$385.20
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,027.20
Others & Repeat Students S$2,580.84

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Course fees payable is based on per MC.

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.

 

With effect from 1 Jul 2020, the Workforce Training Scheme (WTS) will be replaced by Work Support Scheme (WSS), for more information, please visit:

https://www.wsg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/workfare-skills-support-scheme-individuals.html

Course Contact

  • 67881212
  • 8.30 am to 6.00 pm (Mon to Thu)

    8.30 am to 5.30 pm (Fri)

    Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

  • Website: 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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