Graduate Diploma in Youth Development

Wellington Institute of Technology Limited

Subject area

Youth Work

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Entry requirements

Bachelor degree in an associated field and evidence of relevant professional or educational experience in youth development or in the social service sector 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: IELTS (Academic) 6.5, with no band score lower than 6, or equivalent
International students: IELTS (Academic) 6.5, with no band score lower than 6; or equivalent.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The programme supports graduates who are working with, or wanting to work with, youth to gain knowledge and skills in youth development practice that can be applied in a wide range of professional roles.

The Graduate Diploma programme builds a body of knowledge and practice to support positive youth development when working with young people, including:
- the principal theories associated with human, youth, and adolescent development and youth development practice;
- knowledge and application of law, values, and ethics associated with youth work in Aotearoa New Zealand;
- understanding of different cultural perspectives and practices;
- cognitive skills including critical analysis, evaluation, and synthesis;
- technical skills associated with youth development practice.

People awarded this qualification work within a framework of practice informed by the core competencies and standards set by Koruwai Tupu. These include knowledge and skills in the application and implementation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Youth Work Code of Ethics, and good practice in positive youth development. Graduates will practice in accordance with legislative boundaries, and demonstrate an integrated practice theory for working in youth work.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Human Welfare Studies and Services at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2021

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust

Provided by:

The Betty Loughhead Soroptimist Scholarship Trust - Secretary



Previous awards have generally been given in the region of $3,000 - $5,000 (per award).

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Rebecca L. Lynch Memorial Scholarship

Provided by:

Graduate Women North Shore Charitable Trust - RLL Memorial Scholarship Selection Committee


Non-resident tuition fees, registration fees, and room and board are covered by the scholarship.

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 935 832
Phone: (04) 920 2400
Fax: (04) 920 2401

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