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.
Develop introductory leadership skills and explore global issues you 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 if you do not want to commit to the full bachelor’s degree.
- Learn about leadership of self, and leading others, through exploration and experience of a wide range of contemporary leadership theories including in the unique culture of Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Carry out group projects in the local community with the skills you have developed throughout your studies.
- Build on UC’s expertise and reputation to humanitarian work and social activism.
- This Certificate can be completed in 12 months full-time, or up to 3 years part-time on campus, or via distance.
Admission to UC with University Entrance (or equivalent) is required to enrol.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For information on the enrolment process, please see how to apply for undergraduate 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 programme is open to anyway 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.
Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership – example degree structure
Each block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.
This diagram is an example only – other combinations are possible. For specific 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 must be completed within 3 years part-time.
Studying by distance is also an available option (note that you will need to attend the noho marae in Ōtautahi Christchurch as part of YACL101).
In the CertYCL you 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.
You will also will study learning: how and why people learn, and what this means for leading change.
The final course will be CHCH101, the heritage service learning course that is at the heart of community engagement.
- YACL101 Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading the Self
- CHCH101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation
- EDUC101 Spark! The Art & Science of Learning OR YACL102 Introduction to Professional Youth Work in Aotearoa
- YACL201 Social Leadership: Leading with Others
YACL101 includes a noho marae based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Distance students will also need to be able to attend.
Study in this area gives you 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.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2023||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,282|
|2022||60||Fee estimate. Actual fee will be determined by course selection.||$3,194|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||60||Special (set) programme fee||$14,400||$12,522|
|2023||60||Special (set) programme fee||$15,000||$13,043|
See more information about our Youth and Community Leadership programmes.
For the full degree requirements, see the Regulations for the Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership.
For study planning help, contact a Student Advisor.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education.