How a self-directed degree works
There’s a lot of freedom in this programme, so you need to be motivated and independent. But you won’t be on your own - our team will help you identify your goal, create your action plan and put your plan into practice.
There are general learning outcomes in the Leadership for Change:
- You’ll build your own learning toolkit, professional networks and understanding of the problem you want to solve. You’ll develop a personal and professional practice framework to guide everything you do.
- You’ll work with businesses and organisations in the field where you want to make a difference, or you could start your own business or organisation.
- You’ll hone your transferable skills: leadership, communication, self-awareness, planning, time-management, fund sourcing, financial management, and collaboration.
- You’ll test and strengthen your personal qualities: self-motivation, drive, perseverance, creativity, innovation, resilience, determination, passion and vision.
And there are specific learning outcomes that you negotiate with us when you develop your learning toolkit.
Maybe you want to study some IT or business courses, learn some design skills or combine the Leadership for Change with another study programme, such as Sustainability or Engineering. This programme is what you make it, but we’ll help you figure it out.
How this programme is structured
Emergent Professional Framework
Skills for transformation
Emergent Professional Framework 2
Negotiated Learning 1
Negotiated Learning 2
Leadership for Change Project
Collaborative project 2
Leadership for Change Engagement
Collaborative Leadership for Change Project 3
Leadership for Change Engagement 4
Emergent Professional Framework 3
Leadership for Change Project 5
How this programme is assessed
Everything you do in Year 1 and 2 builds to your Year 3 final project. At the end of Year 3, you’ll present your project and your practice framework. By the time you finish this programme, you’ll know who you are, what your job is, what your goal is and how you will reach it.
Your assessments could include:
Your learning will be guided by facilitators from Otago Polytechnic's Capable NZ. The Bachelor of Leadership for Change is a new degree based on Capable NZ's highly successful Independent Learning Pathway. To date, more than 1,200 people have learned and graduated with degrees and postgraduate qualifications using this framework.
Our facilitators are experts in helping you identify and reach your own goals.
Academic entry requirements
- NCEA Level 3
- Three subjects - at Level 3, made up of:
- 14* credits each, in three approved subjects
- Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
- 5 credits in reading, and
- 5 credits in writing
- Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
- achievement standards - specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
- unit standards - package of three numeracy unti standards (26623, 26626, 26627 - all three required)
- OR equivalent.
*Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020 you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. a total of 36 credits).
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years)
- Writing band 6.0
- Speaking band 6.0
- Reading band 5.5
- Listening band 5.5, OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
All learners will also need to undertake an interview to demonstrate:
- clarity in why, how and where you intend on making a difference
- evidence of capability to manage your own learning/learn independently/seek learning opportunities that foster interests and aspirations
- willingness to, or experience of making a difference (e.g. have previous experience of service to others such as volunteering)
- ability to work collaboratively.
This qualification is strongly project-based. You will undertake projects within your first, second and third year. These may well be within the local area or within another part of New Zealand. You will be responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs during these projects which may span a number of weeks. A big part of making a difference is the ability to seek out and secure funding so we'll make sure this relationship building is covered during your programme.
Student loans and allowances
Student loans and allowances are for domestic students who have lived in New Zealand for three years. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
For more information
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.