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Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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278,000 ZAR

Program description

Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

The IIE Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (BCYC) degree offered at IIE MSA offers specialisation in the development and care of children, families and communities. Improving the conditions of children and families is key to most government policy drives. The role of Child and Youth Care (CYC) workers in these drives are being acknowledged through inclusion in legislation, such as the Social Services Act and The White Paper (delivering mandated social services to children and families) and the Criminal Procedures Act (involvement in intermediary and diversion programmes). The Children’s Act allocates tasks to a range of social service professionals to diversify the services offered to orphaned and vulnerable children, youth at risk and families living in under-resourced communities.

The BCYC meets these aims through its focus on engagement with the community; the skills focused on to ensure professional registration; the instruction methods aimed at supporting learning by the student; and the multiple modes of instruction built into the degree. While it considers global trends through linking the student to an online CYC international network, it will also offer a locally relevant approach to the use of sources and case studies.

IIE MSA is furthermore committed to uplifting communities and are invested in the youth. With the limited amount of universities offering the BCYC, the critical need to produce qualified professionals in the CYC field has been identified as a priority by the Social Development Ministry. IIE MSA broadens access for students to become Child and Youth Care professionals, contributing to the aims of the White Paper and the National Development Plan.

This programme is offered at IIE MSA and is certified by The IIE. Successful completion of this programme leads to an IIE qualification.

The BCYC degree exposes students to a significant amount of experiential learning through the required 300 hours to be spent in field placements with one of our partners from their second year. Students are required to complete 100 hours of their first year in preparation for their fieldwork.

At the end of the first year, students will have a formal Ceremony of Oaths in which they will register as Student Child and Youth Care Workers with the South African Council for Social Service Professions. The service-learning approach taken with the fieldwork modules ensures that community needs are met and that students develop civic-mindedness.

Programme Outline

The outcomes for this qualification are aligned to the professional requirements. Students who have successfully completed the programme will be equipped with:

  • Specialised knowledge to deliver services in a variety of social service settings through an ecological-development focus
  • A range of skills which includes self-reflective assessment processes, intervention and activity planning, project design and community development
  • A strong sense of ethical, accountable and principled approaches to redress injustices which cause vulnerability in young people and families
  • A wide range of transferable skills for application in other professions, disciplines and general life.

Career opportunities

he programme is endorsed by the South African Council of Social Service Professions (SACSSP). It equips graduates to work in various settings as follows:

  • Schools
  • Residential care facilities
  • Day Care Centres
  • Intermediaries (in courts)
  • Community Development Projects and Programmes, including Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Hospitals (with developmentally delayed children)
  • Correctional Services / Places of Safety (rendering care and developmental programmes)
  • Home-based care (rendering developmentally appropriate programmes)
  • Institutions whose mandate is to ensure the development of Children and Youth and where supervision of Auxiliary CYC workers are required:
  • NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organisations)
  • CBO’s (Community-Based Organisations)
  • NPO’s (Non-Profit Organisations)

Tuition fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Tuition fees is ZAR 73 400 per annum

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Earn an internationally relevant degree in South Africa

Monash South Africa (MSA) was founded in 2001 and is located on a 100 hectare site in Ruimsig, north-west of Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng. Since 2019 MSA became a leading brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) and is...

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144 Peter Rd, Ruimsig
1725 Roodepoort Johannesburg
South Africa

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