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 CertYCL 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.
In the Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership students will learn about leadership of the self, and leading with others, through exploration and experience of a wide range of contemporary leadership theories, including those that emanate from the unique culture of Aotearoa New Zealand.
They will also will study learning: how and why people learn, and what this means for leading change.
Their final course will be CHCH 101, the heritage service learning course that is at the heart of community engagement.
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 study planning help, contact the UC Liaison Office | Te Rōpū Takawaenga o UC (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.