Social Sciences in Gerontology (T53)

The Diploma in Gerontological Management Studies will be renamed ‘Diploma in Social Sciences in Gerontology’ (T53), wef AY2019/2020.

2019 Planned Intake: 50 JAE 2019 Last Aggregate Score: 15

With our population ageing and people living longer, there has been a dramatic growth in opportunities in the ‘active ageing’ industry. New services, programmes, products and facilities are emerging every day. Employers need staff with an in-depth understanding of ageing to support the demands and aspirations of this increasingly significant sector of the population. 

The Diploma in Social Sciences in Gerontology will equip you with the skills and knowledge to understand the evolving needs and aspirations of older adults, and ways to create a more inclusive and age-friendly society where people of differing abilities can participate in the community. These skills and knowledge will also be very useful to you and your family in planning for a healthy future of continuous enrichment, security and fulfilment.

Through classroom teaching, applied projects, field work and internship, you will acquire relevant knowledge in three specialised areas in the ‘active ageing’ industry that present a growing and diverse range of job opportunities for you, in Health and Wellness, Community and Lifestyle, Social Services. The Diploma will also allow you to experience a multi-disciplinary curriculum comprising of Gerontology, Psychology and Sociology subjects.

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Notable Features

  • The only diploma specialising in Healthy, Active Ageing industry
  • Multidisciplinary programme offers training in fields of Health & Wellness, Community & Lifestyle and Social Services for greater flexibility of employment and further education


Scholarship and Bursaries Available for Diploma
Social Sciences in Gerontology Students 

The Ngee Ann Kongsi offers the following scholarship and bursaries to Diploma in Social Sciences in Gerontology students. The Ngee Ann Kongsi is a non-profit organisation which contributes to Singaporean society through educational and other charitable projects. Recipients are ‘all-rounders’ with good results and conduct, who may have some financial difficulties. Students are selected annually. (Other *criteria applies.) 

The Ngee Ann Kongsi – Social Scholarship

  1. $9,000 per award ($3,000 per academic year of study)
  2. Tenable for a recipient’s 3 years of study, subject to meeting renewal criteria 

The Ngee Ann Kongsi - Bursary

  1. Up to 5 bursaries per academic year
  2. $2,000 per quantum per award
  3. Tenable on a yearly basis, subject to meeting renewal criteria 

*criteria is subject to change


Career Prospects

The course prepares you for a rewarding career in the Healthy, Active Ageing industry. Careers you can look forward to include being social work associate, assistant allied health personnel, programme coordinator, research assistant, events & community liaison officer, patients relations officer, leisure management coordinator, constituency management executive and fundraising programme assistant. You will also be well-positioned to take on other people-oriented careers that focus on providing products and services to the mature generation.

Where are they now?

It’s probably true to say that every business, organisation and workplace has older customers, clients, members and/or staff – so students graduating from the Diploma in Social Sciences in Gerontology (T53) can work almost anywhere. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the diploma, GEM alumni are currently working in a range of occupations in Statutory boards, hospitals, government ministries, VWOs, SACs and travel companies. These include MNCs, SMEs and non-profits.

Further Education


Where and what are GEM alumni studying?

They are studying in Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom and locally. 

Of course GEM alumni have many and varied interests and career aspirations. That’s why they enjoyed the GEM diploma with its multidisciplinary subjects. So we see GEM alumni studying in a range of disciplines, including Arts, Social Science, Social Work, Media, Education, Economics/Business, Hospitality plus health-related degrees such as Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nursing.

For stories about GEM alumni click on the ‘Further Information’ tab. 

Please click on the Diploma to Degree pathfinder link below for the most updated list of local and overseas degrees with advanced standing arrangements.

Entry Requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-6
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-7
Any three other subjects, excluding CCA Grades 1-6

To be eligible for selection, applicants must have sat for at least one of the following subjects: Art/ Art & Design, Business Studies, Combined Humanities, Commerce, Commercial Studies, Economics, Geography, Higher Art, Higher Music, History, Introduction to Enterprise Development, Literature in English, Literature in Chinese, Literature in Malay, Literature in Tamil, Media Studies (English)/ Media Studies (Chinese), Music.

Applicants must have also sat for one of these subjects: Additional Mathematics, Art/ Art & Design, Business Studies, Chinese, Combined Humanities, Commerce, Commercial Studies, Creative 3D Animation, Design & Technology, Economics, Elementary Mathematics, Food & Nutrition, Geography, Higher Art, Higher Chinese, Higher Malay, Higher Music, Higher Tamil, History, Introduction to Enterprise Development, Literature in English, Literature in Chinese, Literature in Malay, Literature in Tamil, Malay, Media Studies (English), Media Studies (Chinese), Music, Principles of Accounts, Tamil.

* Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/ Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language subject (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris).

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Course Structure

TP Fundamentals

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

Students will learn to research, validate information sources, plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. Students will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. 


In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms. 


In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered.


This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civicminded individuals.


This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to develop problem statements and ideate solutions.  Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting at TP’s Makerspace+ facility.     


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies.  This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.


This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management.  It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success.  It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.


This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.


You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.


This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.


Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.


This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.


This subject is a 16 week work attachment programme that provides opportunities to explore and understand the working environment. Relevant organisations are sourced to offer placements to interns in the practical work environment.


* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects OR Guided Learning (TFS1006).

Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

This subject introduces students to the theoretical perspectives and approaches to the study of ageing from various disciplines. It will examine the causes and consequences of ageing at the micro (individual) and macro (population) levels. This involves investigating the social, physical and mental changes humans undergo as they age, as well as the impact of the elderly population on social, economic and political institutions.


This subject introduces students to the key theoretical perspectives in Sociology. Through these theories, students will examine current and emerging social phenomena. From the systematic study of different social structures e.g. family, work, social control, gender and ethnicity, students will be able to apply sociological concepts to help them explain social life in societies.


This subject provides a general understanding of the theory and practice of social science research and presents science as a powerful method of human thinking.  The focus is to provide students with the necessary information to understand the importance of research in the field of social science and its applications to various settings.  Students will learn a systematic way of thinking and knowledge discovery known as scientific inquiry.


This subject provides students with a foundation in programme conceptualisation, organisation, execution and management. Transcending the various principles of project, event and activity development and management, students will examine current and emerging practices. This will include the examination of selected institutions e.g. nursing homes, community centres, tourism agencies, and existing programmes as case studies. Students will plan the design, budgeting, management strategies and evaluation of a programme.


This subject covers the theories, concepts, influences and methods for facilitating teaching and learning for older adults. It also considers the perspectives of older adults on the learning experience. The subject has a focus on person-centred approaches and considers readiness, motivation, orientation, context and setting. Lifelong learning and its relationship to quality of life and life satisfaction is also considered.


This subject covers the importance of and key strategies for engaging with stakeholders and the public, in particular for the health, social service, and community sectors, along with social purpose entities. The various trends, drivers and technologies in understanding, informing and influencing key constituencies to maximize social impact are explored.


This subject addresses issues relating to mid to later adult life stage transitions, notably from full time work to part-time work or full retirement. The concepts of the quality of life and transitions theory are also examined to understand how individuals respond to change. The implications of employment and financial planning for longevity are fully discussed. Social constructs, individual choice, and psychological preparedness are considered in view of various life events such as career/work change, downsizing, reconciliation to physical ageing, loss, and retirement.


This subject explores core areas of psychology and aims to provide students with a fundamental understanding of psychology as the scientific study of human behaviour and mental processes. Basic concepts and theories in psychology will be explored to enhance students’ understanding of major psychological issues and the impact on everyday life.


This subject provides a sociological perspective on the process and experience of human ageing in modern society, while adopting a context-based approach that employs case studies. Topics include the demographic and political impact of ageing societies, historical and cultural perspectives on ageing, and the major theoretical approaches to the study of ageing. Various social policies and institutions that affect ageing will also be examined. These include social policies on health care, housing, retirement, death, living environments and social support for the aged.


This subject focuses on the biopsychosocial aspects of ageing and illness. Content will also include selected theoretical perspectives on health, illness and ageing, some of the main disorders and related treatment modalities. Optimal ageing as a concept and emerging technologies for longevity will also be addressed. Related ethical issues will be discussed.


This subject provides insights into geropsychological concepts and theories relating to the adult’s adaption to the third and fourth age. Issues relating to the ageing population, improved longevity, and the changing psychological needs and capabilities of older people are examined.


This subject considers the changing age composition of  a ‘mature’ market and the related marketing approaches and techniques in response to the ageing population. The content examines the older consumer (with emphasis on the baby boomer), general trends and issues, and features of the main segments within the market.


The subject will provide an understanding of the principles and approaches to community development and how these can be applied to work with older adults to address some of their major challenges. Students will be introduced to the methodologies of community development that will enable them to design intervention programs that also harnesses the potential of older adults.


The subject will examine the structural, physiological, psychological, and functional changes occurring during adulthood and the implications of these for the planning and implementation and evaluation of exercise programmes for older adults.


This subject provides an overview of various perspectives on issues and trends relating to gender and ageing. Special attention will be directed to the gender gap in longevity, health and illness, work and retirement, and quality of life. The influence of social policies in these areas will also be examined.


This subject examines the varying lifestyles of and leisure activities undertaken by the silver population. It focuses on how their evolving profile, characteristics and demographic interacts with current and emerging trends and drives demand for various leisure activities and impacts on supporting industries. Content also includes associations between participation patterns in leisure activities, key types of activities undertaken, social relationships, psychological wellbeing and activities that best contribute to the determinants of active ageing.


This subject introduces the principles of coaching and case management to assess needs and evaluate options, services and programmes required to meet individual specific needs. Multidisciplinary approaches are introduced and the subject examines social, cultural and psychological perspectives and appropriate strategies to achieve goals and empower the older adult.


The 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.


This subject will examine current issues that are evident in ageing societies around the world. Students will gain an understanding of the transformations and challenges faced by ageing individuals and the state. The subject will also examine the ongoing debates on individual and societal responses to ageing issues. Students will also learn about the ageing trends in both developed and developing countries.


This subject examines current health promotion practices which enable individuals, carers and the community to manage their health. Theoretical underpinnings of the approaches to health promotion are explored along with the development of programmes incorporating practical examples. Special attention is given to how such practices and approaches support active ageing.


This subject teaches the fundamental skills required in junior executive roles in purpose driven entities, especially those in the ageing sector. This also involves examining demonstrated strategies to achieve sustainability in various organizational types such as non-profits, social enterprises and profit-with-a-purpose companies. Topics cover volunteer management and retention, cross sector collaboration, measuring social impact, client centric values, fundraising, resource mobilisation, risk management, and social innovation.


This subject allows students to explore an area of interest and to integrate learning acquired from a range of subjects across the diploma. The project will focus on an identified problem and/or issue and the proposed solutions. Students complete the project from the proposal development phase, to the literature review and synthesis of the literature to the final presentation


Graduation Requirements

TPFun Subjects 36 credit units
Diploma Subjects
- Core Subjects

84 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 120 credit units



I.AM GEM is an acronym for Inspiring, Aspiring and Motivated GEM students. Get ready to be inspired and motivated by thestories of GEM’s current students and alumni. Their stories will definitely 'aspire' you to be just like them!   



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Why This Course?

Unique features of this Course

  • Combines the study of the social, psychological and physical aspects of ageing. The multidisciplinary focus of the curriculum allows you to apply your knowledge in business settings relating to business management, marketing, sales and programme management

  • Provides specialized training in niche areas identified as growing sectors by the Silver Industry: Financial Products & Services and Leisure & Travel.

  • Widens your career opportunities as the scope of jobs available will not be limited to the silver industry since the business training provided will be valuable in all business environments

  • Links you to the real world through practical training and project work with relevant industries

Industry Partners & Endorsement

We are working closely with the following partners to provide relevant industry projects for both our staff as well as students in this course:

The course has been endorsed by our Partners as well as the Silver Industry Committee. The curriculum has been guided by directions from some of these relevant government bodies.

Read more on frequently asked questions about this course.


Let our students tell you why they chose the Gerontological Management Studies diploma course:

"The GEM course is a multi-faceted course that offers a range of subjects, from business to humanities which is very applicable to future careers! We learn and develop business solutions in the future to cater to specific needs of the elderly, and make society a better place by understanding their needs. So if you want to make a difference in society, be a GEM! :)"
- Wong Jia Ling Isabelle

"The diversity of subjects and the wide range of career prospects heavily influenced my decision to join this course. One of the key areas of study is sociology, which I have great interest in. The many credit exemptions offered by local and international universities have also influenced my decision."
- Brian David James

“I chose this course because I want to help people, especially the elderly. I want to play a part in providing opportunities for more meaningful lifestyles that the elderly can enjoy.”
- Karthika d/o Ravichandran

“I chose this course because of the curriculum and future job scope. Rather than being focused on just one area of study, this course will explore a variety of disciplines, giving me the opportunity to broaden my horizon.”
- Farah Nadiah Bte Punangin

“Gerontological Management Studies is an all-rounded course. We will learn to deal with various real-life situations, for example, working in the HR department on managing senior workers. The hands-on learning in this course prepares us for the world of work.”
- Cassandra Seto



HSS entered into a MOU with NATAS (National Association of Travel Agents Singapore) on 6 Dec 2011 at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.

The MOU signing ceremony presided by NATAS CEO, Mr Robert Khoo and HSS Director, Mr Ben Lim,  was accompanied by a press reception and a breakfast talk to industry participants. In the breakfast talk, GEM shared on the general Silver consumer trends and specific travel trends in Singapore. The responses were very good on the day itself, where both participants and press asked many questions on the state of the Silver Travel Industry; they wanted to understand how to adapt their services to meet this steadily growing Silver demand.  Surprisingly, this event also sparked a number of articles in the local newspaper on Silver travel in Singapore, a clear indicator that this is an area of much public and industry interest.


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