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Course Duration

2 years

Type of course


Campus where course is offered

ITE College East

Course Certification


You love to extend your helping hands to others in need and want to do your part for the society.

If this statement describes you, you should join the Nitec in Community Care & Social Services course and you will learn to plan and implement community-based activities/events, and organise and facilitate meaningful activities for clients/patients and their families. You will also learn to provide assistance in the rehabilitation, care and support of clients/patients.

What you'll learn

  • Assist clients with activities of daily living
  • Perform clinical procedures based on clients’ / residents’ needs, under supervision of trained staff
  • Assist clients with mobility
  • Support trained staff in rehabilitation programmes, care and counselling of clients
  • Support trained staff in the activities of daily living (ADL) training
  • Organise and facilitate activities and events for clients / residents and their families
  • Support trained staff in conducting routine home visits
  • Support the daily operations of the centre/home
  • Support trained staff in emergency situations

Entry Requirements

GCE ‘O’ level grades in any 2 subjects:

  • Grade 1-8


GCE ‘N’ level passes in Mathematics or Science* and 2 other subjects:

  • Grade A-D or Grade 1-5

* Mobile Robotics, Smart Electrical Technology, Mechanical Design & Automation, IoT Applications, and Mobile Web Applications subjects can be used in lieu of Science for admission to this Nitec course.


  • Shortlisted applicants will have to attend an interview, and pass a prescribed medical examination.
  • Students will be required to purchase a Laptop for the course. This is in addition to the course fees. Financial assistance is available to eligible students under ITE Opportunity Fund subject to terms and conditions. For more details on the minimum laptop specifications, please click here.

Occupation Traits and Functional Ability Requirements


Nature of Work Functional Abilities

Social Service Assistants (SSAs) are employed in a wide spectrum of social service agencies, both non profit and private sector companies, primarily to assist the handling of clients in the areas of psychosocial and physical rehabilitation.

Social Service Assistants need fine and gross psychomotor skills to handle a range of equipment, they also require good coordination skills to manage clients/patients. In addition, they are expected to perform transferring of clients from wheelchair to bed and various other platforms.

Fine and Gross psychomotor skills, sensory (visual, hearing) ability, communication skills, interaction with strangers.

They have to interact with clients for consultation and listen to client’s request and comments. They may also supervise clients in therapy work and are required to work independently or as a team with other allied health professionals to carry out day to day functions of a social service agency.

Ability to show empathy dealing with routine and non-routine schedules

This course is less suitable for students who do not possess the functional abilities indicated.  If in doubt, please consult your school career guidance officer or visit ITE College East for further academic advising.

Progression Opportunities

Nitec in Community Care & Social Services graduates with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 may apply for progression to the following Work-Study Diploma courses at ITE:

Nitec in Community Care & Social Services graduates with GPA of 3.5 and above may apply for progression to the first year of a related diploma course at the Polytechnics. For more details on diploma courses for progression, please refer to the Joint Polytechnic Admissions website.

Nitec in Community Care & Social Services graduates with a GPA of 2.3 and above may also apply for progression to related Higher Nitec courses offered by ITE. For more information on progression, please click here.

Career Opportunities

Nitec in Community Care and Social Services graduates are employed in Nursing Homes, Community Hospitals, Community Rehabilitation Centres, Integrated Rehabilitation Centres and Day Care Centres. Some of the job titles held by graduates include Social Service Assistant, Assistant Programme Coordinator, Programme Assistant, Assistant Welfare Officer and Activities Officer.