SGUS Specialist Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology in Youth Work


The Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Media, Arts & Design School (MAD) is pleased to introduce the SGUS Specialist Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology in Youth Work. This is a programme offered to trainees who are considering a career in the Social Service sector and are interested in working with youth. In this programme, trainees will learn about the social service sector in Singapore, gain an understanding of the psychological development of people across the life spectrum (with an focus on the youth community), pick up some research skills and be equipped with knowledge of applied drama to be able to engage the youth community. At the 2019 Social Service Summit, Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee identified a manpower crunch in the social service sector (

In addition, the recent Covid crisis has highlighted the crucial role that the social services plays in supporting different types of communities in Singapore. In April 2020, Mr Lee shared in parliament how social service organisations have stepped up to support "low-income Singaporean and transnational families, low-income seniors, the differently-abled, and persons with mental health conditions". He also said that the ministry will continue to "make social services and help more comprehensive, convenient, and coordinated". ( In May 2020, the government announced that the Covid-19 support package "will include ways to help the social service sector".

The government will also "work with the sector to embrace digitalisation, accelerate transformation and scale up new capabilities." (

Trainees are required to equip with a computer Notebook (installed with minimally windows10 OS) when attending lessons.

Course Objectives

In this programme, trainees will learn about the social service sector in Singapore, who the key providers are and how different community groups are supported by the various organisations. This will help them to understand the scope and reach of different organisations and how they all function in the social service ecosystem. Trainees will also benefit from studying basic psychology as this will help them to recognise trends and patterns of behaviours across the lifespan. This is helpful especially since the trainees are expecting to engage with different communities after completing this course. Research is a key component in this course and a good understanding of research skills will help trainees to design simple research projects and evaluate programmes for their effectiveness. The last pillar in this programme equips trainees to be able to engage communities effectively. They will learn basic counselling skills that will help them to more effective conversations with others and applied drama skills which will help them to design interesting activities for communities.

Suitable for

This programme is trainees who are interested in working in the Social Service Sector in entry level positions. This is also suitable for individuals who want to rejoin the social service sector after a hiatus as this will serve as a comprehensive refresher course for them. 

Industry and Career Options

With the skills and knowledge gained from this programme, you will be able to take on new challenges in Social Service sector with job roles as follows:

• Programme Coordinate
• Youth Work Associate

Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicant must be a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident aged 21 and above, and is able to commit to the full-time training schedule.

In addition, the target trainees for SGUS programmes will exclude the following:

a) Graduated or graduating in Calendar Year (CY) 2019 / 2020 from ITE, Polytechnics, Universities, and other educational institutions. This includes graduates from private universities as well as overseas institutions and part-time / post-graduate programmes; and

b) Graduated from the educational institutions mentioned in (a) and completed or completing their National Service (NS) in CY 2019 / 2020 and are entering the labour force.

Applicants should have a Polytechnic Diploma or Degree in education, humanities, social sciences, human resource, mass communication, social media marketing, journalism, performing arts, sports, coaching and programme management. Applicants have relevant working experience will be preferable. Applicants with diploma or degree from other discipline and with at least 3 years of relevant working experience will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Course Outline

The programme consists of eight (8) certificates to be conducted within 12 months. Classes will be conducted in full-time mode. 

1. Certificate in Communication and Interpersonal Skills 
This certificate covers the key communication areas which include mindset transformation, emotional intelligence (EQ), communications between generations and building digital confidence in the workplace.

2. Certificate in Introduction to Analytics, Cyber Security, AI and Blockchain 
This certificate introduces key concepts in the areas of data and visual analytics using Power BI, statistics, cyber security, blockchain, AI and machine learning.

3. Certificate in Essential and Emerging Skills for Employability 
This certificate covers fundamentals in various essential areas within an organisation, which includes human resource, finance, design thinking, robotic process automation and digital marketing.

4. Certificate in Sectoral Fundamentals for Social Service 
This certificate covers the sectoral fundamentals for Social Service sector, which includes understanding and working at Social Service sector, basic counselling and methods of inquiry.

5. Certificate in Drama & Developmental Psychology 

6. Certificate in Applied Drama with Community Psychology

7. Certificate in Adolescent Psychology and Mental Health
This certificate uses the biopsychosocial approach to help students understand contemporary developmental issues and challenges in youth (adolescence and emerging adulthood). Trainees will be able to use their knowledge on research methods and major theories in youth development to identify and examine developmental challenges across various issues (e.g., work, school, family, media, sexuality, etc.) which are specific to youth in Singapore.

8. Practicum
This project module provides opportunities for learners embark on an industry project either in-house or in an attachment to a company.

Please click here for topic synopsis.

*Certificates may not be conducted according to the sequence listed.

Award / Certification / Accreditation

• Upon completion of the modules in each certificate (certificate 1-4, 7-8), trainees will be awarded a Certificate of Completion
• Upon completion of all modules in certificate 5 and 6, trainees will be awarded with the Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC) respectively. Upon successfully acquiring these 2 PDCs, trainees will be conferred with a Specialist Diploma in in Applied Drama & Psychology from SP
• Upon completion of all the certificates, trainees will be awarded with a Certificate in SGUS Specialist Diploma in Applied Drama & Psychology in Youth Work from SP

Please refer here for the FAQ on SGUS programme.

Course Fees

Full Fees (inclusive of GST): $26,599.13

Subsidised Fees for Singaporeans & Singapore PR (inclusive of GST): $1,000.00

Trainees must fulfil minimum attendance requirements and pass assessments to qualify for course fee subsidies. Trainees who are unable to meet these requirements may be asked to return the course fee subsidies that they have received.

Refund Policy:

• The programmes allow trainees to exit without penalty if they are successfully placed into a job or have secured a job on their own accord while undergoing training. However, trainees who exit the programme without a valid reason may be asked to return the course fee subsidy that they have received.
• Refund of paid course fees will be pro-rated based on certificates that have not commenced
• Trainees who wish to exit from the programme must write to

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Please refer to the application procedure

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Terms and Conditions

Date of Course Commencement:

To be advised

Registration Period:

To be advised

Registration may be closed earlier once seats are filled up. 

Class Schedule:
Mon-Fri, 9 am to 6 pm (at least 15 hours or more per week)
Lessons will be conducted in online synchronous/asynchronous or face-to-face mode

790 hours (1 year)


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