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Postgraduate Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Youth and Community Leadership (PGCertYACL) creates responders to and innovators of change.

You will develop your own personal leadership identity, gain key action skills, and learn about improving issues faced by youth and other communities.

This Certificate provides flexible study with part-time distance study, and the option to later move into the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Leadership programme.

Further study:

You may move any completed courses into the Postgraduate Diploma in Youth and Community Leadership, or go onto UC's leadership-focused degrees:

Master of Education in Leadership
Master of Māori and Indigenous Leadership

UC also offers a range of master's programmes that can take your leadership skills further and change your career direction, for example in Business Administration, Social Work, Policy and Governance, and more.


UC's programme is designed to develop you into a leader who can channel your knowledge and passions into complex situations or even entrepreneurial ventures.

Being able to proactively find and resolve issues is a skill sought after in all varieties of careers, from global business to policy to human services.

Career pathways could include:

Youth or social work
Public policy and civic service.

Subjects and courses:

The two courses in the Certificate include collaborative learning, practical applications, and virtual site visits from local iwi and charitable organisations.

EDEM670 Leadership as Partnering: Moving Beyond Boundaries
YACL401 Youth and Community Leadership in Global Context

Entry criteria

You will need to have completed an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor's degree or a graduate diploma with an average B Grade Point Average or better, or have other approved qualifications of an equivalent standard.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

IELTS (Academic): An average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening.
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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