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Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership
Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership

  • ID:UC640018
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$28,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$28,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • 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.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening 
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 550 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42
  • NZCEL:  Level 4 - Academic endorsement

Course Information

The Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership (BYCL) meets a growing need for innovative leaders who can make an impact on national and global challenges that are being encountered by youth and other communities.

This degree develops professional leadership and entrepreneurial skills for those passionate about issues such as sustainability, human rights, equality, and humanitarian efforts. The BYCL builds on UC’s international reputation in social action, and offers real-world leadership and project experience by way of theoretical study and applied learning.

Youth and Community Leadership prepares students with the knowledge and skills to identify and apply leadership to action change, making this an ideal degree for those wanting to create a better world for the future.

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Year 1

The first year of the degree offers introductory courses on developing leadership skills, understanding communities, identifying areas in need of change, and creating group projects.

  • YACL 101 Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading the Self
  • CHCH 101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation
  • three 100-level courses chosen from the optional courses list (below)
  • another two courses at 100-level from any bachelor’s degree at UC

Plus one of:

  • EDUC 101 Spark! How & What People Learn
  • EDUC 102 Child and Adolescent Development
  • POLS 103 Introduction to New Zealand Politics and Policy

Year 2

The second year explores team leadership and training, potential boundaries for change, cultural and political influences, and further project experience.

  • YACL 201 Social Leadership: Leading with Others
  • EDUC 206 Education and Society: Ideals and Realities
  • two 200-level courses chosen from the optional courses list (below)
  • another three courses, with at least two at 200-level, from any bachelor’s degree at UC

Plus one of:

  • CULT 202 Cultural Politics/Cultural Activism
  • EDUC 204 Child and Adolescent Wellbeing and Health
  • INOV 290 Enterprise in Practice (Project)

Year 3

Final-year students in the BYCL will develop research and management skills, building on their experiences throughout the degree to create meaningful change in their community.

  • YACL 301 Civic Leadership: Leading for Change
  • YACL 302 Leadership Project: Implementing Change
  • EDUC 302 Risks and Opportunities in Adolescence: Research and Applications or EDUC 339 Globalisation, Social Justice and Education
  • 30 points of courses from the 300-level courses in the optional courses list (below)
  • another two courses at 200-level (or above) from any bachelor’s degree at UC

Optional courses

Throughout the degree, students will need to complete at least 105 points of courses from the lists below.

Choose at least three 100-level courses from:

  • ACCT 152 Law and Business
  • COMS 101 Media and Society
  • EDUC 103 Education, Culture and Society
  • GEOG 106 Global Environmental Change
  • HLED 122 Building Resilience
  • HLTH 106 Te Wero – Māori Health Issues and Opportunities
  • HSRV 104 Youth Realities, MAOR 108 Aotearoa: Introduction to New Zealand Treaty Society
  • MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
  • MKTG 100 Principles of Marketing
  • PHIL 139 Ethics, Politics and Justice
  • SOCI 112 Global Society
  • TREO 110 Te Ngao Tū: Conversational Māori for Absolute Beginners
  • YACL 102 Special Topic: Introduction to Professional Youth Work in Aotearoa

Choose at least two 200-level courses from:

  • ANTH 202 Politics, Power and Capitalism
  • ANTH 213 Environment, Development and Disaster
  • COMS 207 Social Media
  • CULT 206 From Bambi to Kong: the Animal in Popular Culture
  • EDUC 202 One in Four: Different Developmental Pathways
  • HLED 222 Sexualities Education
  • HSRV 202 Human Behaviour and Human Systems
  • HSRV 204 Culture, Indigeneity and Citizenship: Critical Debates for the Human Services, HSRV 209 Humans, Animals and Society
  • HSRV 211 Community Development: Concepts, Practice and the Dynamics of Change
  • MAOR 212 Māori and Indigenous Development
  • MGMT 206 Organisational Behaviour
  • MGMT 223 Innovation Management
  • MGMT 230 Business, Society and the Environment
  • POLS 202 International Relations and Humanitarian Ideals
  • SOWK 206 Communication for Practice

Choose at least 30 points at 300-level from:

  • COMS 305 Media and Social Change (30 points)
  • COMS 320 Strategic Campaign Development (30 points)
  • HSRV 301 Change and Human Systems (30 points)
  • MGMT 324 International Entrepreneurship (15 points)
  • MGMT 335 Business and Sustainability (15 points)
  • MGMT 343 Social Entrepreneurship (15 points), MKTG 316 Digital Marketing (15 points)
  • POLS 304 Environmental Politics and Policy (30 points)
  • SOCI 361 Social Movements (30 points)
  • SOCI 363 Investigation Social Worlds (30 points)
  • SOWK 304 Indigenous Practice (15 points)
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • As global tensions become more prominent and cause more reactionary social movements, the world will continue to benefit from meaningful action from strong leaders.
  • The Bachelor of Youth and Community Leadership produces graduates who are more socially, ethically, and culturally aware. They will have skills in effective communications, project management, stakeholder engagement, leadership, research, and solution-based thinking that will create real results.
  • BYCL graduates will be strong leaders in their area of interest, with career examples including politics, teaching, iwi development, community services, humanitarian efforts, charities, not-for-profits, government, consultation, media and marketing, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy.

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Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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