Specialist Diploma in Youth and Student Support and Development

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About the Course

The Specialist Diploma in Youth and Student Support and Development (SDYSSD) will deepen participants’ professional practices in youth work, and student support and development work in the institution of higher learning. It enables them to critically examine the impact of relevant policies on programmes, strengthen knowledge and skills in applied research and analytics to underpin the design, implementation and evaluation of youth and student programmes.

What is so unique about this programme?

The programme enhances participants’ competencies to engage youths and students, developing their resilience and leadership, as well as decision making, through mentoring and coaching. 

Target Audience

SDYSSD targets two main groups:
1. Existing practitioners in youth work, student support and student development (e.g., trainers, officers, mentors and coaches from educational institutions, government agencies and grassroots organisations) who are seeking to strengthen their knowledge in this area
2. Learners who are aspiring to join this sector to work with youth  

How often do I need to attend the course?

Lessons will be held at RP ACE @ Woodlands or via online learning.

Course commences in April.

 Number of Lessons   Duration 
e-Learning lesson: 
Module 1 for each PDC will have 12 Asynchronous e-learning in the respective semester. 
Module 2 and 3 for each PDC will have 6 Asynchronous e-learning in the respective semester.
Face-to-Face (F2F) lesson (each F2F lesson is two hours)
Module 1 for each PDC will have 8 F2F lessons in the respective semester. 
Module 2 and 3 for each PDC will have 4 F2F lessons in the respective semester.  
240 hours

This course was very beneficial when I was in my second year as a youth worker with no prior experience. I learned how to better govern myself, gain industry insights, and have a better understanding of how to assist and empower the youth with whom I work.
Janice Teo Si Hui
Youth Work Associate


Pursuing this course has been an enriching journey. It has been invaluable to my work field as well. I dealt with students with more understanding towards them and it helps to find a suitable intervention for them. The lecturers have been very helpful and understanding, making every task albeit lengthy but fun and rewarding. 
Raihana Hairi
Programme Head


The course has equipped me with the knowledge to mentor youth effectively with applied techniques and professional strategies. There is no greater feeling of a job well done than seeing a young person overcome the hardships they face and turning into a valuable member of the community. 
Yip Sook Ying
Chemist

Participants will be awarded the Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) upon successful completion of each certificate programme.

Certification (240 hours) Modules
Post-Diploma Certificate in Developing Professional Practices in Youth Work and Student Services
  1. Applied Research in Youth Work and Student Services (60 hours)
  2. Managing Support Services for Youths and Students (30 hours)
  3. Developing Professional and Self-Management Practices (30 hours)
Post-Diploma Certificate in Developing Youth and Student Resilience and Leadership 
 
  1. Developing Resilience and Leadership in Youths and Students (60 hours)
  2. Mentoring and Coaching Youths and Students (30 hours)
  3. Nurturing Youths and Students for Responsible Decision Making (30 hours)

Module Synopses

1. Post-Diploma Certificate in Developing Professional Practices in Youth Work and Student Services 

Applied Research in Youth Work and Student Services (60 hours)

This module aims to ingrain the language of research and arm participants with a collection of research methodologies, contextualized for youth work and social service. Students will learn about the knowledge and skills required to design and implement research studies to evaluate the effectiveness of programmes, including qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Topics covered will include Factor Analysis, Anova, K-mean, Rasch Analysis.  Participants will also deepen their knowledge and skills to identify and select appropriate data analytics tool(s) to generate the eventual research analyses, as well as skills to communicate research findings through the usage of data visualisation tools and techniques.

Managing Support Services for Youths and Students (30 hours)

This module enables participants to analyse and evaluate policies, relevant support systems and community-based resources for youth and students, as well as how various settings may impact practices in the provision of support services for youths and students. By examining relevant social, political and economic factors, participants will be able to design individual and group-based interventions and programmes, as well as devise strategies to engage stakeholders effectively.

Developing Professional and Self-Management Practices (30 hours)

This module aims to develop participants’ personal and professional development skills and competencies for effective interpersonal and professional relationships. Participants will learn to utilise developmental models such as the Competence Model to develop and implement professional self-awareness and self-care. They will use the nomological network of self-care strategies to examine their professional growth and career successes. Participants will also develop their ability to use reflective techniques, such as Gibbs reflective cycle model and Brookesfield reflective cycle to augment their work with individuals and groups in youth and student support and development settings.
 
2. Post-Diploma Certificate in Developing Youth and Student Resilience and Leadership 

Developing Resilience and Leadership in Youths and Students (60 hours)

This module enables participants to review the positive youth development model and evaluate the feasibility of translating concepts to industry practice. They will also analyse the range of leadership models in synergy with youth personality development theories and ethics to design purposeful youth leadership programmes. Through the analysis of trends in the cyber world (such as cyber-bullying, scams and blue-whales challenge) and online communities, participants will leverage technology and pertinent interest groups to outreach and engage youths and students effectively.
 

Mentoring and Coaching Youths and Students (30 hours)

This module seeks to reinforce the importance of professional and ethical practices in performing youth and student guidance works, including adherence to relevant legislative and institutional guidelines. It also aims to deepen participants’ knowledge on lifespan and moral development stages, as well as motivational factors for students and youths, and the consequent impact on goal achievement. Through counselling skills such as motivational interviewing techniques, participants will enhance their competency to advise, mentor and coach youths and students towards holistic self-development.

Nurturing Youths and Students for Responsible Decision Making (30 hours)

This module enhances participants’ facilitation competency in supporting youths and students to think critically, develop cyber and digital literacy, gain greater financial literacy, and make responsible decisions, as a positive contributor in the society. Participants will be introduced to the social model for inclusivity to formulate strategies to include youths and students with varied abilities for participation in programmes.
New Intake Commencement Duration Mode and Venue Schedule Application Start and End Date
April 1 Year Online Learning & Face-to-face lesson at Republic Polytechnic Two weekday evenings and some Saturday mornings Nov 2022 - Jan 2023

Application outcome will be released at least 3 weeks prior to course commencement

Note: RP reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme and amend information without prior notice.

Applicants should possess a relevant local polytechnic diploma or degree in any discipline. 
If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may be considered for admission to the course based on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). For shortlisted applicants, you may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test.
 
Admission will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. 

Conditional Offer

Graduating student (in final academic year) from a local polytechnic may apply for the programme.
Click here for more information on how to apply for the programme and receive a Conditional Offer.
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Last updated on 12 Jan 2023

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