Bachelor of Youth Development

Help young people thrive. Learn through interactive class sessions and work experience. Explore current issues in youth development and the relationship between theory and practice.


What you will learn

  • 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
  • Organisational skills including information access and information technology literacy, time management and ability to prioritise tasks
  • Inter and intra-personal skills associated with youth development work
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Programme overview

Youth development is about helping young people develop strong connections and active involvement in all areas of life.

Gain a strong sense of professional identity with an awareness of ethical standards, cultural safety and Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership approach to work with young people.

Explore the social and psychological development of youth, and how to apply the latest theories and strengths-based approaches to practice.

Programme structure

Learn more about individual courses we offer. Then complete the course selection sheet.

WelTec's Bachelor of Youth Development is a hands-on practical degree which will see you working and applying your learning as you go within the community.

It's designed to enable you to be engaged in youth work during study. Study in Wellington or Auckland.

You will learn in a mix of different ways. Class time. Tutorials. Online study. Work placement. Supervision.

Face-to-face classes ensure a supportive learning community with your tutors and peers. Solve problems in simulated situations and in the workplace under supervision with young people.

All students are expected to complete placement hours and be engaged in study outside of class time. 

I'm really passionate about inspiring and uplifting young people to want to live better lives.
Taylor , Youth Development Student

Career options

  • Youth Development Expert
  • Youth Worker
  • Community Development Worker
  • Youth Minister
  • Case Manager
  • Sports Coordinator
  • Policy Advisor
  • Youth Centre Manager

Further study options

What your week will look like

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Timetable is indicative only, a full timetable will be available prior to course start. 

Upcoming start dates

  • 6 March 2017

For open days, enrolment deadlines and other important dates check our calendar.

Entry criteria

Under 20

Three subjects from the NZQA approved subjects list at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each.

  • 10 NCEA Level 2 literacy credits made up of 5 credits and reading and 5 credits in writing
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits

Or a Level 4, 5 or 6 qualification in a related field or equivalent personal, practical, professional or educational experience.

You’ll also need a few other things including:

  • Interview – to assess your suitability for the programme
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two personal referees
  • Personal statement and health declaration
  • Police check (completed annually)

Please note, the November offering is only open to students already registered and enrolled at WelTec.


If you’re 20 years or over, contact us to see if you qualify for special admissions on our programmes.


What it will cost


  • Fee: $6,384

    This is an annual fee, which is reviewed each year. For part-time fees, contact a Student Advisor. 

    Contact us for Trimester 3 fees. 

  • Student services fee: $220

    Your student fee is included in your course fees. It is not billed separately. Amount shown is based on full year study. More details.

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details


  • Fee: $19,125

    This fee is in New Zealand dollars.

    This is an annual fee, which is reviewed each year. For part-time fees, contact a Student Advisor. 

The Youth Development degree is also taught in Auckland.

Where will my course be?

The Wellington CBD campus is at 11-17 Church Street, Wellington.

Read more about our Wellington CBD campus.

The Auckland campus is at 450 Queen Street, Auckland.

Read more about our Auckland campus.

Ready to enrol?


Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.


To enrol as a international student you will need to download and complete our international enrolment form.

Once completed, you may submit the form and accompanying documentation directly to WelTec International, or go through one of our registered recruitment agents.

Documents and other details

I'm really passionate about inspiring and uplifting young people to want to live better lives.
Taylor , Youth Development Student

The Youth Development degree is also taught in Auckland.