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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.

How do I plan my certificate? The PGCertYACL includes 60 points, made up of two compulsory courses. It is studied part-time for up to 1 year, beginning in February. All courses in the programme are studied by distance so that you can complete your Certificate from your own location.

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 Maori 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.

Career Opportunities 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 Activism Public policy and civic service.

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): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Application Deadline: If you need to apply for admission to the University, please submit your application at least 6 months before your intended start date.

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