Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership
The Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership (CertYCL) builds on UC’s expertise and reputation for humanitarian work and social activism.
Students will develop introductory leadership skills and explore global issues they are passionate about resolving, with the opportunity to carry out group projects in the local community.
This programme is an especially good option for working professionals and those already in leadership positions, or students who do not want to commit to the full bachelor’s degree.
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.
Possible qualification structure for Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership
Each block represents a 15-point course.
For full course requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership.
The CertCYL is made up of 60 points of compulsory courses.
It can be completed in 6 months full-time, or up to 3 years part-time. Studying by distance is also an available option.
Students complete introductory courses in personal development and project management experience, followed by the more advanced course in leadership skills and strategies:
- YACL 101 Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading Self (offered in 2020)
- CHCH 101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation
- EDUC 101 Spark! How & What People Learn
- YACL 201 Social Leadership: Leading with Others (offered in 2020)
Study in this area gives students formal training in leadership and engaging different groups. Possible career paths could include humanitarian and community work, government positions, teaching, and business.
Graduates can continue onto advanced studies in areas such as education, organisational management and psychology, politics, sociology, and strategic communications.
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).
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff see the College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora.