Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Leadership
The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Leadership (PGDipYACL) is one of the only postgraduate programmes of its kind in Aotearoa that creates responsive leaders to youth, community, and global needs.
This Diploma will help you build leadership skills on top of your previous studies, and also supports current leaders to develop key management and entrepreneurial skills to take back into their communities.
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.
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.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Leadership is made up of a total of 120 points, including two compulsory courses and a selection of optional courses.
The Diploma is available to study completely by distance at your own location, or a blend of distance and on-campus study.
It will take 1 year full-time to complete, or part-time for up to 2 years, and can be started in either February or July.
You may also choose to transfer any completed courses to the smaller Postgraduate Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership programme during study.
Coursework includes collaborative learning, practical applications, and virtual site visits from local iwi and charitable organisations. You can also customise your Diploma to an area of your choosing, so you can work towards a career path that interests you.
All student complete these compulsory courses:
Plus choose at least 30 points from the following optional courses.
The remaining 30 points can also be chosen from the optional course list, or from any postgraduate courses at UC.
You may 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.
Everything from business to social movements have need for leaders that can engage and give voice to global issues.
UC's programme will develop you into a leader who can raise awareness and action real change, and our focus on our bicultural nation will make your skills unique in Aotearoa and the global market.
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.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
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- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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