Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership
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 are being encountered by youth and other communities.
This degree develops professional leadership and entrepreneurial skills for those passionate about issues such as sustainability, human rights, equality, and humanitarian efforts. The BYCL builds on UC’s international reputation in social action, and offers real-world leadership and project experience by way of theoretical study and applied learning.
Youth and Community Leadership prepares students with the knowledge and skills to identify and apply leadership to action change, making this an ideal degree for those wanting to create a better world for the future.
- The Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership is the only degree of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
- UC has a worldwide reputation for its student activism and engagement in youth-led movements. Our students have founded efforts in natural disaster relief, anti-terrorism, sustainability, and cultural diversity, and our campus has hosted visitors such as Prince Harry Duke of Sussex, and Dr Jane Goodall.
- UC hosts a number of research and specialist centres focused around leadership, volunteerism, and innovative teaching, such as the UC Community Engagement Hub, the e-Learning Hub, the Professional and Community Engagement programme, UC Centre for Entrepreneurship, and the UCSA’s Student Volunteer Army.
- Several of our graduates have become social entrepreneurs, political activists, and industry innovators, and have been recognised with awards for their contribution to local and global issues.
- The degree programme has been welcomed by industry bodies UNESCO, UN Youth NZ, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the Ministry for Pacific Peoples, and UCSA Student Volunteer Army.
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For information on the enrolment process, please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
The programme is open to students 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.
Typical degree structure for Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership
Courses from Arts or other degrees
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points (or more).
For full course requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership.
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 elective (optional) courses in a range of Arts and Commerce subjects
- 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 Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Sport Coaching. A minor requires 75 points of courses, with 45 points above 100-level. See the degree webpages for the list of available subjects, and the regulations for each degree for specific subject requirements.
Community engagement is central to the degree, and there are multiple opportunities to create group projects and connect with UC’s community in Ōtautahi Christchurch, including noho marae (or alternative), volunteer efforts with the Student Volunteer Army, and work with the Children’s University.
The degree takes 3 years of full-time study, or can be studied part-time for up to 6 years.
It is possible to combine the Youth and Community Leadership degree with other degrees, such as the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Communication, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Criminal Justice.
If you are considering a double degree you should get advice from a College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora Student Advisor or the UC Liaison Office | Te Rōpū Takawaenga.
Find out more information about Double degrees.
The BCYL 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 subject options in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Sport Coaching. See the degree webpages for the list of available subjects, and the regulations for each degree for minor requirements.
The first year of the degree offers introductory courses on developing leadership skills, understanding communities, identifying areas in need of change, and creating group projects.
- YACL 101 Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading Self (offered in 2020)
- CHCH 101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation
- either EDUC 101 Spark! How & What People Learn or EDUC 102 Child and Adolescent Development or POLS 103 Introduction to New Zealand Politics and Policy
- three courses chosen from the 100-level courses in Schedule B (available in 2020)
- another two courses at 100-level from any bachelor’s degree at UC.
The second year explores team leadership and training, potential boundaries for change, cultural and political influences, and further project experience.
- YACL 201 Social Leadership: Leading with Others (offered in 2020)
- EDUC 206 Education and Society: Ideals and Realities
- either CULT 202 Cultural Politics/Cultural Activism or EDUC 204 Promoting Child and Adolescent Wellbeing and Health or INOV 290 Enterprise in Practice (Project)
- two courses chosen from the 200-level courses in Schedule B (available in 2020)
- another three courses, with at least two at 200-level, from any bachelor’s degree at UC.
Final-year students in the BCYL will develop research and management skills, building on their experiences throughout the degree to create meaningful change in their community.
- YACL 301 Civic Leadership: Leading for Change (offered in 2021)
- YACL 302 Leadership Project: Implementing change (offered in 2021)
- EDUC 302 Researching Development: Opportunities & Risks in Adolescence or EDUC 339 Globalisation, Social Justice and Education
- 30 points of courses from the 300-level courses in Schedule B (available in 2020)
- another two courses at 200-level (or above) from any bachelor’s degree at UC.
As global tensions become more prominent and cause more reactionary social movements, the world will continue to benefit from meaningful action from strong leaders.
The Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership produces graduates who are more socially, ethically, and culturally aware. They will have skills in effective communications, project management, stakeholder engagement, leadership, research, and solution-based thinking that will create real results.
BYCL graduates will be strong leaders in their area of interest, with career examples including politics, teaching, iwi development, community services, humanitarian efforts, charities, not-for-profits, government, consultation, media and marketing, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For assistance with planning your programme of study, contact the UC Liaison Office | Te Rōpū Takawaenga (new students), or a College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora Student Advisor (advancing students).
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