Singapore University of Social Sciences (formerly SIM University) has been offering the Bachelor of Counselling programme for more than ten years, and has served the needs of Singapore’s counselling landscape well. While counselling presupposes problems that clients bring to the table that need to be resolved, coaching has a developmental and preventive flavour to it. In a nutshell, coaching aims to help individuals realise their full potentials in their personal and professional lives.

Our Graduate Diploma in Professional Life-coaching (GD PLC) is positioned to provide life-coaching education for degree holders who wish to prepare for a career in professional life-coaching, and for others who can benefit from life-coaching education in their current careers. Professional life-coaching is empowering for persons in careers like counselling, social work, teaching, human resource management, business, psychology, and those in leadership positions. The skill sets would enable the incumbents in these roles to coach not only their direct clients, but only staff under their supervision.

Programme Structure

To graduate with the GDPLC, students are required to complete 30 credit units consisting of six compulsory core courses, inclusive of a practicum.

Core Modules

  • PLC501 Theories of Coaching
  • PLC502 Techniques of Coaching: Core Skills and Methodologies
  • PLC503 Coaching and Change
  • PLC504 Coaching Practice and Practicum
  • PLC505 Positive Psychology in Coaching
  • PLC506 Coaching Presence: Personal and Professional Development
Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

For SUSS graduate programmes that are conducted in the English Language, you must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (ELPR)* if your undergraduate degree is not awarded by an English-medium university, or your undergraduate degree is awarded by an English-medium university but the language of instruction was not English.

* at least an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5, or a TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 85 (internet-based), or a PTE Academic score of 58, or C1 Advanced score of 180 [score must be obtained within the last 2 years at point of application].

Applicants with an undergraduate degree that was conducted in English but awarded by a non-English medium university must produce an official letter from the university to certify as such in order to seek waiver of the ELPR requirement.

This programme is currently unable to take in international students, i.e., you must be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or a resident in Singapore (e.g., Employment Pass holder) in order to apply for admission.

Dates & Fees

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Contact Details

Singapore University of Social Sciences
463 Clementi Road
Singapore 599494

Tel: +65 6248 9777