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Courses in youth studies

International courses of interest to Australian students

Commonwealth Diploma in Youth Development Work

RMIT provides this two-year diploma in partnership with the Commonwealth Youth Programme via distance education. It reaches youth workers in 40 member countries, in partnership with 25 universities and other institutions. The diploma's 14 modules provide youth workers with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective in their work, covering the theoretical and practical aspects relating to youth empowerment, development and leadership. The main objective of this programme is to equip youth practitioners and leaders with a set of generic core competencies in youth development, through knowledge, values and skills development. Applicants must be working in the field to qualify for admission to the course. The Diploma is funded through the Commonwealth, with an annual student fee of $900.00. To apply, send your details, including your address, to Jennifer Brooker, Coordinator Youthwork Programs VE&T; email: [email protected] or ph: (03) 9925 4115. (Source: Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology email, 15 March 2007; updated 25 January 2008.)

Also see Brunel University information on their BA (hons) in Youth and Community, for those who hold the Commonwealth Diploma in youth development work.

New Zealand

University of Auckland
Diploma in Youth Studies
Contact Makiroa Ngametua, email: m.ngametua [AT]

Bachelor of Human Services (Youth Work)
Contact Dot Nicholls, email: d.nicholls [AT]

Workforce Development Ltd is a national private training organisation in New Zealand, providing training in a variety of areas, including youth work. (Certificate 3 and 4) See details.



The World Assembly of Youth, in conjunction with UNESCO, at times conducts a Certificate in Youth Studies program. See the TakingITGlobal web site at:

New Zealand: Auckland College of Education

United Kingdom: see the Open University list of courses.