Postgraduate Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership
The Postgraduate Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership (PGCertYACL) creates responders to and innovators of change.
You will develop your own personal leadership identity, gain key action skills, and learn about improving issues faced by youth and other communities.
This Certificate provides flexible study with part-time distance study, and the option to later move into the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Leadership programme.
You will need to have completed an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree or a graduate diploma with an average B Grade Point Average or better, or have other approved qualifications of an equivalent standard.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The PGCertYACL includes 60 points, made up of two compulsory courses. It is studied part-time for up to 1 year, beginning in February.
All courses in the programme are studied by distance so that you can complete your Certificate from your own location.
Pathway to the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Leadership
You may choose to transfer any completed courses in the Certificate to the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Leadership programme during study.
The PGDipYACL can be studied full-time or part-time, and includes an additional 30 points of courses on topics of your choosing, so you can customise your Diploma towards a career path that interests you.
The two courses in the Certificate include collaborative learning, practical applications, and virtual site visits from local iwi and charitable organisations.
You may move any completed courses into the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Leadership, or go onto UC's leadership-focused degrees:
UC also offers a range of master's programmes that can take your leadership skills further and change your career direction, for example in Business Administration, Social Work, Policy and Governance, and more.
UC's programme is designed to develop you into a leader who can channel your knowledge and passions into complex situations or even entrepreneurial ventures.
Being able to proactively find and resolve issues is a skill sought after in all varieties of careers, from global business to policy to human services.
Career pathways could include:
- Youth or social work
- Public policy and civic service
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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For study planning help contact the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800