FREE IN 2022
Program length and delivery
- Start Date 23 May
- Workshop 1-4 October in Avondale Auckland
- 30 weeks
- Level 4, 80 credits
- Extramural, fortnightly online tasks and tutorial
Course aimsThe aim of this programme is to provide the learner with the knowledge and skills to support the development of young people through adventure, recreation and activity-based programmes. This program is designed for people working or volunteering in the youth development sector with an interest in developing activity, recreation and adventure-based approaches to youth development.
The programme benefits the youth work sector by providing youth workers who have the knowledge, skills and attitude to use activity-based programmes with youth
- The purpose of this qualification is to provide the youth work sector with people who are equipped with the broad operational and theoretical knowledge, skills and attitude to work with youth.
- This qualification is targeted at individuals who wish to progress their employment and/or enhance their skills and knowledge within the youth work sector.
- Graduates will support the social and cultural aspirations of Māori and Pasifika people and demonstrate their commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi through their interactions with young people and their communities and their work.
- Graduates will be able to carry out youth work roles under broad guidance and may have some responsibility for the performance of others.
Course Outcomes This programme will develop youth workers who will understand the fundamentals of adventure and recreation-based programming. Graduates will be able to apply contemporary youth development strategies to lead adventure and recreation-based youth development activities which support the safe psychological and cultural development of young people.
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
- Create and maintain a safe environment when working with young people.
- Mentor and support young people to recognise and develop their potential.
- Apply a strengths-based approach to lead positive youth development projects in the community.
- Reflect on own practice, and implement self-care strategies when working with young people.
- Apply an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to uphold and honour the history of Māori as tangata whenua.
PathwaysEducation pathwayThis qualification builds on the New Zealand Certificate in Youth Work (Level 3) [Ref: 2448].
The qualification may lead to higher level qualifications in youth work or other social services.
Employment/Cultural/Community PathwayGraduates will be qualified to work in intermediate roles in the youth work sector: for example, leading or managing programmes, projects and events delivered by peer support groups, youth service agencies and community or marae or faith-based groups.
Who is it for?This qualification is for people who have an interest in including adventure based, experiential and nature-based activities into the context of their work with youth. This will suit both outdoor instructors and youth workers that want to extend their knowledge, confidence and understanding of using group work, outdoor activities and natural environments to support their outcomes
This program is designed for two different types of people.
people currently working or volunteering in youth work want to develop confidence, capability and understanding of how to add recreation and adventure activities to support the current youth work practice. You will learn about programming, activity selection, risk management, resources that you can use easily, working with other qualified providers.
Outdoor instructors and leaders
people currently working or volunteering is outdoor instructors often want to develop their skills in being able to support youth development. This program will provide you with the confidence capability and knowledge of positive youth development and how to apply this into the adventurous activities
- enrollment criteria 2022
AcademicBased on your school achievement (secondary school study)
- 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
- Completed a relevant course at NZQF Level 2;
- Or a recognised equivalent.
If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.
Citizenship/ResidencyThe funding that we receive subsidises 'valid domestic enrolments' unfortunately, if you are not New Zealand Australian resident or citizen we are unable to unroll you in this course
You must provide an original or certified copy of one or more of the
A New Zealand Citizen
- a New Zealand birth certificate; or
- a New Zealand passport; or
- a New Zealand certificate of citizenship; or
A New Zealand Resident
a) a passport with a current returning residency class visa (a passport with a visa label); or
b) a passport, and letter or email, confirming current returning residency class visa (label-less visa, followed by confirmation with Immigration New Zealand, where appropriate); or
c) a certificate of identity from Immigration New Zealand if the student is a refugee.
An Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident currently residing in New Zealand
a) an Australian birth certificate issued before 20 August 1986; or
b) an Australian passport; or
c) a passport with a current Australian resident return vis
Selection criteriaCandidates are required in their applications to indicate whether they have had a physical or mental condition. Candidates should be aware that some types of physical or mental conditions may prevent them from participating in physical elements of the programme and/or work experience placements.
Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme.
- Candidates will also be required to:
- Have a level of fitness sufficient to fulfill the practical requirements of the programme.
- In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all 'specified organisations' providing a 'regulated service', all candidates will be subjected to safety checks. These will include, but are not limited to:
- A formal interview
- Referee checks
- A police vet check
- A risk assessment
English language requirementsCandidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 in the academic band, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; or equivalent.
- The program has three main parts which are represented in three courses
- Adventure based youth work fundamentals.
- Students will learn about professional practice regarding their own development and practice, impact of colonisation and the development and background of adventure based youth development programs and strategies
- Developing youth potential
- Students will learn how to establish and maintain relationships to support and maintain relationships to support and maintain safe psychological and cultural environment to support youth work
- Leading adventure based youth development activities
- Students will learn how to plan, prepare, organise, deliver and evaluate an adventure based youth development activity
Leading youth taskStudents will need to have access to a group of youth that they can apply plan, prepare, organise and deliver task. You will need to be in a workplace or volunteering with a youth group in order to be able to complete this
- Adventure based youth work fundamentals.
- Step 1
Check that you meet Entry Criteria
Complete the Enrolment form
After you complete the form we will check that you have provided the relevant relation for us to turn that you are eligible for enrolment.
Then we will contact you and arrange a time to come in for an interview (or online)