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Bachelor's degree

Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

BYCL
06 October 2023

Study a Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership through Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education at the University of Canterbury.

DURATION

Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

Degree Structure - Duration
3 years full-time

START

Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)

POINTS

360

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $7,289
  • International — $32,875

Overview


Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

Introduction

The Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership (BYCL) meets a growing need for innovative leaders who can make an impact on national and global challenges that youth and other communities are encountering.

This degree develops professional leadership and entrepreneurial skills for those passionate about issues such as youth work and development, sustainability, human rights, equality, social entrepreneurship, and humanitarian work. The BYCL builds on UC’s international reputation in youth-led social action, and offers real-world leadership and project experience by way of theoretical study and applied learning.

Youth and Community Leadership is a degree that allows you to customise a programme of study to drive your commitment to social action. It will prepare you to cultivate collective leadership to action change, making this an ideal degree for those wanting to create a better world for future generations.



Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

What will my study involve?

 

  • Flexible degree that allows you to choose courses and study the subjects and issues that matter most to you.
  • Connect with UC’s community through noho marae, volunteering with Te Hunga Tūao | Student Volunteer Army, and working with Te Mātāpuna Mātātahi | Children’s University.
  • You have the option to add a minor from subjects across Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, and Sport.
  • On completion of the recommended courses for youth work and development you can apply for membership to Korowai Tupu, the professional Association for Youth Workers in Aotearoa.
  • Find out more about youth and community leadership pathways and study options.

Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

COVID Vaccination

While vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory for enrolment and completion of a Youth and Community Leadership qualification, many opportunities in the community sector include working with vulnerable populations.

We strongly encourage full vaccination to protect yourself, the vulnerable youth and communities we work with, and to allow you to access the full range of options available to you during and after your study.

Recommended preparation

The programme is open to anyone from a range of interests or experience in leadership roles. No particular background study is required. A passion for social change, community work, and volunteering is the best preparation.

Strong written and verbal communication skills will be especially useful.

Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

Subjects and courses

The BYCL degree includes compulsory courses in each year, as well as a range of course options from other degrees. You can also choose to do a minor from the subject options below.

See ‘Planning my degree’ below for an example degree structure diagram.

Compulsory courses

Year 1

 

Year 2

 

Year 3

 

Minor subjects

 

Professional youth work accreditation

Following a particular course pathway focused on youth work and development in the degree will grant you professional membership with Korowai Tupu, the professional association for youth work in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This pathway has been designed in consultation with Korowai Tupu, Ara Taiohi (the national peak body for youth development in Aotearoa), the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective (CYWC), and other professional organisations.

Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

Career ready

  • Practical experience through work with UC community organisations.
  • Develop skills in leadership, communication, project management, stakeholder engagement, research, and solution-based thinking to help create real results.
  • Graduates will be ready to work as leaders of their area of interest, including politics, teaching, iwi development, community services, charities, and marketing.

Find out more about what can you do with a degree from UC.

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,289
  • International — $32,875

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $7,091
  • International — $31,325

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study


Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific course requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership.

Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

How do I plan my degree?

The BYCL is a 360-point degree, with at least 225 points at 200-level or above:

  • 150 points of compulsory courses in leadership development
  • 105 points of approved elective courses
  • up to 105 points of courses from any bachelor’s degree at UC.

You may also choose to do a minor within the degree, from subject options in the Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, or Sport degrees. A minor requires 75 points of courses, with 45 points above 100-level.

The degree takes 3 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 6 years.

For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership.

Double degrees

It is possible to study a Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership alongside other degrees at the same time, such as the Bachelor of Communication or Bachelor of Criminal Justice.

Find out more information about Double degrees.

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