Certificate in Volunteering Studies

Certificate in Volunteering Studies

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Course title Certificate in Volunteering Studies
Course code UCVLSPTE
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 32
Coordinator Sue Vella
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
This Certificate in Volunteering Studies is intended to support the practice of volunteers in a diverse range of areas, by imparting the knowledge, skills and values required for them to make an ethical, effective and sustainable impact on their respective areas.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants admitted as “Adult Learners” under paragraph (c) of regulation 6 of the Admissions Regulations shall be required to sit for a written examination. Successful applicants shall then be called for an interview conducted by an interviewing board composed of at least three persons appointed for the purpose. Applicants are required to pass both the written examination and the interview.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 900
Fee per semester: Eur 450

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 4,250
On completion of the Certificate, students will be able to:

- Identify and describe the characteristics of voluntary organisations and analyse their contribution to social inclusion and social cohesion;

- Identify and describe the motivational factors in volunteering and develop initiatives to recruit, train and support volunteers;

- Recognise and practice those personal skills that are essential to quality volunteering;

- Develop the practice of reflective writing to improve the quality of one’s volunteering and to grow through the process;

- Understand the importance of strategic planning for the implementation of an organisation’s mission and master the techniques to develop a sound and sustainable strategy;

- Understand the different roles and responsibilities of the three levels of an NGO – governance, leadership and management – and analyse how the relationships between levels may be strengthened to further the NGO’s accountability, mission and performance;

- Evaluate the performance of an NGO to ensure that it respects its mission and reaches its objectives.


Subject knowledge and understanding

Students will be exposed to a variety of teaching methods intended to impart as effectively as possible key knowledge about various aspects of volunteering. Lectures and seminars by academics with track records in the voluntary sector will be used to foster students' understanding of: the nature of the NGO sector and its unique characteristics and challenges; the factors that drive people to volunteer and how these may best be recruited and supported; best practice in the raising and managing of NGO funds; the nature and process of strategic planning in NGOs; best practice in governing and managing NGOs and the roles and responsibilities this entails; approaches to advocating for policy change and developing social marketing plans; the processes and skills required to design and manage a small project in NGOs; and the practice of evaluating NGO activities. Students will demonstrate their understanding through guided class discussions, presentations, assignments, case studies, reflective journalling and group project work.


Intellectual development

Lecturers will seek to foster critical thought through interactive class debate, and will assign readings and exercises to deepen student insight into the subjects under study. In addition, the programme also provides experiential learning in intra- and interpersonal skills; basic helping skills; and reflective practice.


Key/transferable skills

Those who successfully complete this programme will have developed - through class debate, analytical assignments, groupwork and reflective journalling - important life skills that can be transferred to any setting. These include personal, interpersonal and group skills; critical thinking and analytical skills; motivational skills; thinking strategically; planning systematically; helping others in appropriate ways; understanding roles and relating across hierarchical lines in an NGO; the capacity to advocate for change; the ability to design and manage a small project; the ability to evaluate the outcomes of a volunteering practice; and to reflect upon one's practice in a regular and systematic manner.


Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

The skills already referred to that are most relevant to contributing to students' employability include strategic development and planning; leadership and management; project management; and evaluation. Personal development is a fundamental aim of this course, and the relevant units are intended to deepen personal insight, foster mature interpersonal relationships, collaborative teamwork skills, and skills of reflexivity and mindfulness which are all likely to have a beneficial spillover in students' personal and professional lives.
This programme is targeted at interested volunteers of any age and in any sector.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 4 May 2021

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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