The aim of the programme is

  • To develop the potential of human resources involved in youth-oriented development work and in community development work in general.

The objectives of the Diploma in Youth and Community Development are to:

  • Provide youth workers with a wide range of experiences, skills, practices, and knowledge in youth work to enable them to implement youth policy and programmes.
  • Enable youth workers to develop professionalism and values, to steer their work.
  • Instill skills of management, and leadership to youth workers to enable them to create partnerships and teams; for planning, and implementing youth policy, life skills, positive values, and practices that shall empower the youth in development work.
  • Enable the youth to develop themselves by becoming advocates of their own development agenda.
  • Empower youth workers with the skills of critical analysis, reflection, peace building, planning, conflict resolution, monitoring and evaluation of local, national and international perspectives relevant to the youth in formal, informal and non-formal education.
  • Undertake projects and programmes aimed at developing the potential of the youth.
  • Instill skills for self-employment, self-reliance and self-direction of youth workers and the youth.
  •  A candidate must have obtained 5 ‘O’ level subjects including English Language.
  • Holders of National Certificates in relevant disciplines qualify for this programme.
  • A pass in ‘A’ level would be an added advantage.


Normally, the duration of a Diploma programme shall be one year (2 semesters) of study.

Full Programme Structure


DYCD 1109 Principles in Youth and Community Development

DYCD 1110 Community Health Studies

DYCD 1111 Youths and Entrepreneurship Studies

DYCD 1112 Research Methods

DYCD 1113 Introduction to Computers for Development Studies



DYCD 1214 Youth, Gender and Society

DYCD 1215 Crime and Deviance

DYCD 1216 Project Planning

DYCD 1217 Youth and Conflict Management

DYCD 1218 Poverty Alleviation Strategies