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Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

Undergraduate – Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019.

Course code 3695

Credit points 520

Abbreviated title BCYC

Managing Faculty Faculty of Social and health Sciences

Admission and fees

  • Course type


  • Standard duration

    4 years FT
    Students at Monash South Africa will receive credit and complete this course in 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time. Students have a maximum of eight years to complete this course.

  • Mode and location


  • Award/s

    Bachelor of Child and Youth Care


The Bachelors of Child and Youth Care (BCYC) is specifically designed to equip child and youth care professionals to work in various fields where services need to be delivered to vulnerable children, youth and families. The degree addresses a variety of areas towards the  Millennium Goals aimed at children, by offering specialized knowledge childhood development, including the prenatal stage as affected by maternal health and risk factors related to the adolescent stage (youth-at-risk); by providing knowledge of the different levels of intervention as prescribed by the Framework of Services, adopted by the Department of Social Development,  that includes preventative community level projects; and  by providing training in various skills and techniques, from the designing of activities and programmes within the lifespace, to counselling techniques and strength-based approaches. Another area of need being addressed through the degree is for CYC workers to act as Intermediaries when young people have to be witnesses in criminal court proceedings.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (BCYC) is to produce graduates to assume professional roles in a range of child and youth care settings. Completion of the degree will enable graduates to apply for registration as professional child and youth care workers with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP). In this role professionals will be able to offer developmental and therapeutic services with a focus on relational and lifespace work with children, youth and families. Graduates would be able to take on administrative and supervisory roles with auxiliary level child and youth care workers.

More specifically, the qualification aims to:

  • Produce graduates with specialized knowledge to deliver services in a variety of social service settings through an ecological-development focus.
  • Provide graduates with a skill range that includes self-reflective assessment processes, intervention and activity planning, project design and community development.
  • Equip graduates with a strong sense of ethical, accountable, and principled approaches to redress injustices that causes vulnerability in young people and families.
  • Offer a wide range of transferable skills for application in other professions, disciplines and general life. These include:
  • Engagement with learning in various modes that facilitate communication, mastery of content and a focus on identifying the need and design a strategy to address problems.
  • An exploration of a variety of challenges that affect children, youth and families
  • Working from an empowerment strengths-based approach to personal and social development.
  • Competence in written and oral communication.
  • Capacity to assess and implement social and other policies and make contributions to policy development.
  • The ability to design and implement a research study.


The Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (BCYC) degree at MSA offers specialisation in the development and care of children, families and communities. Improving the conditions of children and families are key to most government policy drives and the role of CYC workers in these drives are being acknowledged through inclusion in legislation like 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 and to relieve the burden on social workers.

From their second year, prior to commencing their field placement, students are required to be registered with the South Africa Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) as Student Child and Youth Care Workers. This professional degree is endorsed by the SACSSP and therefore enables students to register as Professional Child and Youth Care Workers on successful completion of the degree.


The exit level outcomes (ELOs) defined below are stated generically and may be assessed in various disciplinary or cross-disciplinary contexts in a provider-based or simulated practice environment.

  • Exit Level Outcome 1
    Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of the child and youth care professions with consideration of ethical conduct and the utilization of an ecological-developmental approach.
  • Exit Level Outcome 2
    Demonstrate understanding of care within residential settings and families through knowledge of the use of daily life events, behavior management strategies, activity programming, with relational principals and in the context of minimum standards and policy guidelines.
  • Exit level Outcome 3
    Demonstrate the ability to function within a team, conduct referrals, design projects, and empower communities.
  • Exit level Outcome 4
    Demonstrate understanding of challenges faced by and treatment of vulnerable children and youth
  • Exit level Outcome 5
    Demonstrate the ability to conduct assessment and intervention in child and youth care
  • Exit level Outcome 6
    Demonstrate knowledge about the role and function of an intermediary in the criminal court where the young person needs to act as a witness.
  • Exit level Outcome 7
    Demonstrate the application of accumulated of knowledge through work integrated learning.
  • Exit Level Outcome 8
    Demonstrate understanding of the foundation of public health, health promotion and the development and evaluation of health programmes.
  • Exit Level Outcome 9
    Demonstrate understanding of related discipline knowledge in either Psychology or Criminology
  • Exit level Outcome 10
    Apply knowledge of research methods and process to conduct a research study that will contribute to the knowledge base of Child and Youth Care.
  • Exit level Outcome 11
    Apply knowledge of Child and Youth Care administration through supervision, leadership, legislation, and policy design and evaluation.

Programme Structure

Only 50 students are approved to be enrolled each year. After meeting institutional entry requirements, applicants will be required to submit a guided 750 word essay for a panel review.

The Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree comprises of 36 modules. Students follow a set course map with only 5 electives from Criminology or Psychology, with a minor in Public Health. From the second to the fourth year, students will be completing 6 modules of fieldwork (placements). The following modules constitute the programme:

Bachelor of Child and Youth Care Curriculum Programme Code: 3695

Unit Code1ST YEAR (2019)SemesterCreditsNQF Level
 1st Semester
ZUG1099Professional Child and Youth Care1155
ZUG1102Child and Youth Development1155
ZUG1101Child and Youth Care Practicum 1155
ZUG1107Introduction to public health1155


Crime in context: theory & typologies
Fundamentals of Psychology 1A
 2nd Semester
ZUG1100Relational and Family work2155
ZUG1109Behaviour management and activity programming2155
ZUG1110Child and Youth Care Practicum 2255
ZUG1108Overview and context of a health system2155


An introduction to the South African criminal justice system
Fundamentals of Psychology 1B
TOTAL CreditsSem1: 65
Sem2: 65
Unit Code2ND YEAR (2020)SemesterCreditsNQF Level
 1st Semester
ZUG2058Strength-based assessment of childhood challenges1156
ZUG2060Residential and Health Care1156
ZUG2051Child and Youth Care Practicum 3156
ZUG2056Health promotion1156


Victimology: Understanding victims and victimisation
Research Design and Statistical Methods in Psychology
 2nd Semester
ZUG2055Intervention strategies for childhood challenges2156
ZUG2059Social networking & community profiling2156
ZUG2052Child and Youth Care Practicum 4256
ZUG2057Health program planning and evaluation2156


Youth in Conflict with the Law
Psychology and Society
Total CreditsSem1: 65
Sem2: 65
Unit Code3RD YEAR (2021)SemesterCreditsNQF Level
 1st Semester
ZUG3056Vulnerable children and Youth at risk1157
ZUG3058Child and Youth Care Internship1157
ZUG3055Treating children with special needs1157


Profiling: A forensic model of victims and offenders
Child and Adult Psychopathology
ZUG3060Research methodology 1157
 2nd Semester
ZUG3062Community development project management2157
ZUG3059Project Development Practicum2157
ZUG3057Poverty alleviation strategies2157
ZUG3054Child and Youth Intermediary Services2157
ZUG3061Research methodology 2257
 Total CreditsSem1: 65
Sem2: 65
Unit Code4TH YEAR (2022)SemesterCreditsNQF Level
 1st Semester
ZUG4044Child & Youth Care Legislation & Policy1308
ZUG4045Research project A1308
ZUG4042Creative, Diverse & Restorative practices158
 2nd Semester
ZUG4047Supervision & Leadership2308
ZUG4046Research project B2308
ZUG4043Service-learning collaboration258
 Total CreditsSem1: 65
Sem2: 65

Progression to further studies

Students of this programme may transfer from and to another Bachelor’s degree programme, or equivalent NQF level 8 programme at an accredited institution providing they adhere to the RPL and credit transfer policies and other relevant institutional requirements.

After completion of the degree, upward vertical articulation may occur to progammes offered at NQF level 9, typically a Master of Philosophy at MSA or similar.

Credit transfer is assessed on the basis of equivalence of learning content in terms of the curriculum, depth of study and credit point value of the previous module of learning. For specific credit to be granted, a module or modules of previous study must be equivalent to at least 80% of the curriculum and credit point value of a Monash South Africa module.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the BCYC will be equipped to work in various settings as follows: Schools, Residential care facilities, Day care centres, Community Development Projects and Programmes, Hospitals (with developmentally delayed children), Correctional services/ Places of Safety  (rendering care and developmental programmes), Home based care -rendering developmentally appropriate programmes, and Institutions whose mandate is to ensure the development of Children and Youth: NGOs (Non-Governmental organisations), CBOs (Community based organisations) and NPOs (Non Profit Organisations).

The program is an enhancement to any field in business and any role in organizational leadership, particularly at senior management and board director level. Specific prospects in corporate governance as a field include:

  • Schools
  • Residential care facilities
  • Day care centres
  • Intermediaries (in courts)
  • Community Development Projects and Programmes
  • Hospitals (with developmentally delayed children)
  • Correctional services/ Places of Safety (rendering care and developmental programme)
  • Home based care -rendering developmentally appropriate programmes
  • Institutions whose mandate is to ensure the development of Children and Youth:
    • NGOs (Non-Governmental organisations)
    • CBOs (Community based organisations)