Diploma in Community Care for Elderly (Full-Time / Part-Time)

Provided by Coleman College

Course introduction


Diploma in Community Care for Elderly course equips individuals with knowledge and skills to manage and care for the elderly. In order to provide professional care for the elderly, students will be taught the underlying scientific theories such as the psychological, social, biological and medical reasons for the elderly behaviour and techniques needed to care for the elderly. Students will also learn the management, health and safety issues related to the care environment.
Another aspect of the program is preparing students to plan for their own professional development in order to keep up with the emerging trends in elderly care. Addressing ageing processes and the common mental issues is a major costly affair worldwide which will be looked at carefully during the course of study. This would allow students to anticipate the future needs and expectation in the elderly care. To deliver elderly care effectively, students will be taught to understand the elderly responses, behaviour and how to communicate or counsel them for good relationship between the elderly and the care worker.
Learners will also develop skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in elderly care work. This will enable learners to make an immediate contribution to elderly care employment. Learners will develop transferable skills and knowledge which will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, and taking up different levels of responsibilities such as supervisory or management positions. After completion of the program learners will be able to adapt to general changes in the provision and environment of health and social care for the elderly. The program will ultimately prepare individuals who are keen to progress to further professional development of higher level skills through further studies or career advancement.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

The objective is to provide students with knowledge and skills to manage and care for the elderly by

  1. Applying psychological, social and biological theories
  2. Managing health, medical and safety issues
  3. Communicating and counselling to build and helping the relationship with elderly clients.

Area of Studies

The course consists of 8 modules:
  1. Effective Communication with the Elderly
  2. Psychological Principles in Elderly Care
  3. Sociological Context of Elderly Care
  4. Principles of Health and Community Practice
  5. Health and Safety for the Elderly
  6. Personal and Professional Development for Community Care Professionals
  7. Working with other agencies
  8. The role of Public Health in Elderly Care
Module Synopsis
1. Effective Communication with the Elderly
Module Summary
Learners will acquire the skill to provide guidance, counselling and care to the elderly in the most effective and suitable way after understanding the communication level and ability in the elderly. Learner will know the important environmental factors that promotes better communication to the elderly. Those factors that could hinder effective communication will be discussed to avoid them. Digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, network transmission, application and packages that recommended and already in use will be explored. Learners will be made aware of some non-verbal cues, behaviours and symptoms that they can be observe in the elderly to understand their emotional state will be discussed.
Learning Outcomes 
  1. Explore how communication skills are used in health and social care organizations with elderly clients
  2. Manage various factors that influence communication process in health and social care organizations with elderly clients
  3. Explore the use of information and communication technology in health and social care for elderly
2. Psychological Principles in Elderly Care
Module Summary
Learners will study the various psychological developments that creates certain behaviours. The social biological factors that influences the elderly behaviour over their aging years will also be considered. Learners will know the use of the various psychological and biological developments over the lifespan to provide care and support for the elderly. The influence of the various factors will be useful to understand the support and care needed for the elderly to function and conduct of their lifestyle on a daily basis.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss theories of lifespan development
  2. Describe social and biological causes of human behaviours
  3. Discuss how psychological theories are applied in
 3. Sociological Context of Elderly Care
Module Summary
Learners will understand how to assess the social and cultural structure of a society or community. The influence and shaping of the elderly health care and support will be explored. The role and influence of the society can then be evaluated to understand the success rate of the health and care support for the elderly. Likewise, the elderly health and care support’s impact on the society will explored. Social inequalities will be also being considered as to how it effects policies needed.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe contemporary nature of society
  2. Describe how social inequalities affect life chances and status of individuals
  3. Use Sociological concepts and theories to discuss contemporary social and health issues
4. Principles of Health and Community Practice
Module Summary
Learners will develop an understanding on the principles behind a good care system. Formal as well as informal mechanisms that are being established and tried out will be studied. Understand the policies and practices that are enforced. Incorporate these regulations to design an effective and correct care system. Learner will also be taught to know how to monitor, review and control care systems to improve it continuously. 
Learning Outcomes
  1. Explore how principles of support are implemented in health and social care practice for elderly
  2. Describe the impact of policy, legislation, regulation, codes of practice and standards on organizational policy
  3. Describe theories that underpin health and social care practice
  4. Contribute to development of organizational policy
5. Health and Safely for the Elderly
Module Summary
Learner will understand the legislative requirements and to comprehensively implement it in the care work environment. Planning will be discussed and proposed for the health and safety practices for the work area. Organize for observation, data collection and analysis of the health and safety practices. Learners will taught on how to review and propose adjustments to the health and safety for continual improvement. 
Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe how health and safety legislation is implemented in health and social care
  2. Describe how health and safety requirements impact on elderly clients and helping professionals
  3. Describe the monitoring and review of health and safety in health and social care 
6. Personal and Professional Development for Community Care Professionals
Module Summary
Learner will be required to do reflection and identify further training needs to cover the gap in skills. Learn to set goals and plan for the self-development through the various means available. The reflections will also include the assessment on the ethics and professionalism that has been practiced and how to further improve it. Learner will be able to present and show the levels of skills and scope of knowledge.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe how personal values and principles influence work in health and social care
  2. Set goals and develop and implement a professional learning and development plan
  3. Describe the principles of professional engagement with clients
  4. Demonstrate development of knowledge and skills in working with others
7. Working with other Agencies
Module Summary
Learner will understand how to plan, organize, implement and control the work procedures in the environment and the various workers and organizations involved in a holistic care system. Be able to collect information and understand how the care environment impacts the wellbeing and welfare of the elderly. It also involves the daily effective function of the care environment by managing the system, functions and the people.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe partnership philosophies and relationships in health and social care services
  2. Discuss how to promote partnerships with users, professionals and organizations
  3. Assess the outcomes of partnerships with users, professionals and organizations
8. The Role of Public Health in Elderly Care
Module Summary
Learner will understand elements of aging, such as socialization, family interaction, retirement, physical and psychological aging, and perceptions of older persons in the modern society. Learners will be knowledgeable in the common mental issues that elderly is prone to. Explore and assess the future trends of issues that would surface for elderly care. Plan and prepare to manage the issues.
Learning Outcomes 
  1. Describe approaches used to measure, monitor and control the incidence of disease in communities
  2. Investigate the implications of illness and disease in communities
  3. Discuss factors influencing health and wellbeing of elderly

Entry Requirements

Age: Age 18 years and above
Academic Qualification: GCE ‘O’ level with 3 subject passes (English plus any other 2 subjects) or; Higher NITEC or equivalent.OR
Matured students: At least 30 years old with at least 8 years of working experience will be considered on an individual basis.
English Proficiency: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent


Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

The course duration

  • 12 months of Institutional Training – Part-time
  • 10 months of Institutional Training – Full-time
Maximum allowed period for the student to complete the course is 24 months.

Intake every 2 months.

Fees & Funding

Full Time
Course Fee

Part Time 
Course Fee

Payment Mode
Installment plan available (for those Part Time students)
* All payments inclusive GST 

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