Graduate Diploma in Youth Development

Ideal for experienced practitioners in related fields or youth workers to upskill in youth development. Support positive development in young people by understanding the political, sociological and cultural factors that influence their identities. Our programme is accredited by Korowai Tupu.

What you will learn

  • Learn and apply understanding of theories and emerging research about youth development and youth identity formation 
  • Examine the political, sociological and cultural influences shaping young people
  • Promote youth participation practice and co-creation to achieve young people’s positive and sustainable social development
  • Apply collaborative leadership skills into youth work in an inter-professional, multidimensional context
  • Develop critical thinking skills > Respond appropriately, professionally, and competently to issues of safety, crisis, and risk
  • Put knowledge of the code of ethics for youth work and industry competencies into practice
  • Flexible learning options are delivered out of Porirua with Auckland based block workshops.

Career options

  • Youth worker
  • Youth development expert
  • Community development worker
  • Youth minister
  • Case manager
  • Sports coordinator
  • Policy advisor
  • Youth centre manager

Entry criteria

Bachelor degree in an associated field and/or evidence of a minimum of five years (FTE) relevant professional or educational experience in youth development or in the social service sector; and evidence of suitability based on interview, safety check and referee reports.

International students IELTS

Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.5 or equivalent.

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