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Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice with a context in Sustainable Practice

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Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma

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Gain the knowledge to promote and implement sustainable leadership in your community and workplace. Examine the social, economic, political and environmental implications of sustainability with this project-based programme.

This qualification is delivered through our innovative assessment of prior learning centre, Capable NZ and you will study via an Independent Learning Pathway. This means that we measure your existing capability, gained through years or work and life experience, against this qualification and give academic credit for what you already know. Through critical reflection and self-assessment, you will progress on a journey of learning and personal development which will ultimately facilitate transformational change.

Career opportunities: Come away from this programme with an increasingly sought-after set of skills which can be integrated into a diverse number of professions, such as: Business leader creating impact through corporate social responsibility; Local government employee influencing policy; Founder of social enterprise; Educators focusing on education for sustainability; Community-led development facilitator

Your workload: This programme is delivered through an individualised learning pathway that is highly self-directed. The weekly workload will be 37.5 hours and this includes class time and any project- or work-based learning, as well as the individual study time.

Further study options: We offer the Master of Professional Practice and Doctor of Professional Practice through Capable NZ - ideal qualifications to further develop your capabilities and enhance your practice.


Regular classes are held online and we also run learning intensives (workshops) in Dunedin

Entry criteria

Minimum academic entry criteria are: an undergraduate degree, OR appropriate degree-equivalent practical, professional or scholarly experience.

If English is not your first language, you must provide: New Zealand University Entrance OR Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years).

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Assessments: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Start: Monthly intakes from February to November

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