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Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership
Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership

Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership

  • ID:UC640025
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Part-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$14,000.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,878.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$14,000.00
  • 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 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.

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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.

  • YACL 101 Introduction to Youth Leadership: Leading the Self

  • CHCH 101 Strengthening Communities through Social Innovation

  • EDUC 101 Spark! How & What People Learn

  • YACL 201 Social Leadership: Leading with Others

YACL 101 includes a noho marae based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. Distance students will also need to be able to attend.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

  • 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.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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