Explore your options

The youth of today are our future leaders so the development of Aotearoa depends on our young people having the skills and confidence to contribute to society in a meaningful way.

At Unitec, we’re committed to developing skilled youth development practitioners who can help support young people to be involved and connected to their families and communities, and positive and confident in who they are so they can reach their full potential.

You’ll be taught by passionate staff with years of experience. Many of them have active roles in their own communities which means what you learn in the classroom reflects the real challenges you’ll face in practice.

Postgraduate Qualifications in Applied Practice

Our new Applied Practice postgraduate programmes address the changing needs of our workforce and communities. The Master of Applied Practice, the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice are applied and flexible qualifications that have been designed for practitioners working in New Zealand’s health and social practice sector. There are specialisations (or prescribed pathways), if that’s what best suits your needs, or you can design a learning pathway customised to achieve your specific goals. Find out more about these exciting new programmes.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONSSTART DATES
Bachelor of Health and Social Development (Youth Development)7Full-time for three years or part-time options availableYouth centre manager, Youth Care facilities, Youth justice facilities, Community youth worker, Maori and Pasifika youth development services, Specialised youth development services, Youth TransitionsFebruary or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Social Practice)8Domestic students: Full-time for six months plus half-time for six months or part-time for one to four years. Not open to international students.Community development worker, Counsellor, Not-for-profit practitioner, Social practitioner working for a government agency, Social practitioner working for a non-government agency (NGO)March or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling8Part-time for 18 monthsCounsellor, Relationship counsellor, School counsellor, Counsellor in a community or government organisation, Counsellor in a private practiceJuly 2017
Master of Applied Practice (Social Practice)9Domestic students: Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years. Not open to international students.Community development worker, Counsellor, Not-for-profit practitioner, Social practitioner working for a government agency, Social practitioner working for a non-government agency (NGO)March or July

Industry connections

Study a community development qualification at Unitec and you’ll benefit from our strong links with the community and not-for-profit sector. We work closely with community organisations around New Zealand and the Pacific. Organisations like te Waipuna Puawai, Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday, the Problem Gambling Foundation and the New Zealand Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations have helped us develop our courses.

Facilities

The Waitakere campus library has a large collection of community and social practice resources, and computer labs are available day and evening.

Whare Manaaki on the ground floor of the Waitakere campus is a study and social area for all students, where you can also access academic and other support services. If you’re a parent, free childcare and homework support facilities are provided three nights a week at Whare Manaaki to help you get on with your studies.