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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 https://www.msa.ac.za/Course/bachelor-of-child-and-youth-care/


  • Course type

    Coursework


  • 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

    On-campus


  • Award/s

    Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

Description

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.

Specialisation

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.

Outcomes

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 Code

1ST YEAR (2019)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1st Semester

ZUG1099

Professional Child and Youth Care

1

15

5

ZUG1102

Child and Youth Development

1

15

5

ZUG1101

Child and Youth Care Practicum 1

1

5

5

ZUG1107

Introduction to public health

1

15

5

ZUG1103

ZUG1104

Crime in context: theory & typologies
OR
Fundamentals of Psychology 1A

1

15

5

 

2nd Semester

ZUG1100

Relational and Family work

2

15

5

ZUG1109

Behaviour management and activity programming

2

15

5

ZUG1110

Child and Youth Care Practicum 2

2

5

5

ZUG1108

Overview and context of a health system

2

15

5

ZUG1106

ZUG1105

An introduction to the South African criminal justice system
OR
Fundamentals of Psychology 1B

2

15

5

TOTAL Credits

Sem1: 65
Sem2: 65

130

Unit Code

2ND YEAR (2020)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1st Semester

ZUG2058

Strength-based assessment of childhood challenges

1

15

6

ZUG2060

Residential and Health Care

1

15

6

ZUG2051

Child and Youth Care Practicum 3

1

5

6

ZUG2056

Health promotion

1

15

6

ZUG2061

ZUG2054

Victimology: Understanding victims and victimisation
OR
Research Design and Statistical Methods in Psychology

1

15

6

 

2nd Semester

ZUG2055

Intervention strategies for childhood challenges

2

15

6

ZUG2059

Social networking & community profiling

2

15

6

ZUG2052

Child and Youth Care Practicum 4

2

5

6

ZUG2057

Health program planning and evaluation

2

15

6

ZUG2049

ZUG2053

Youth in Conflict with the Law
OR
Psychology and Society

2

15

6

Total Credits

Sem1: 65
Sem2: 65

130

Unit Code

3RD YEAR (2021)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1st Semester

ZUG3056

Vulnerable children and Youth at risk

1

15

7

ZUG3058

Child and Youth Care Internship

1

15

7

ZUG3055

Treating children with special needs

1

15

7

ZUG3052

ZUG3053

Profiling: A forensic model of victims and offenders
OR
Child and Adult Psychopathology

1

15

7

ZUG3060

Research methodology 1

1

5

7

 

2nd Semester

ZUG3062

Community development project management

2

15

7

ZUG3059

Project Development Practicum

2

15

7

ZUG3057

Poverty alleviation strategies

2

15

7

ZUG3054

Child and Youth Intermediary Services

2

15

7

ZUG3061

Research methodology 2

2

5

7

 

Total Credits

Sem1: 65
Sem2: 65

130

Unit Code

4TH YEAR (2022)

Semester

Credits

NQF Level

 

1st Semester

ZUG4044

Child & Youth Care Legislation & Policy

1

30

8

ZUG4045

Research project A

1

30

8

ZUG4042

Creative, Diverse & Restorative practices

1

5

8

 

2nd Semester

ZUG4047

Supervision & Leadership

2

30

8

ZUG4046

Research project B

2

30

8

ZUG4043

Service-learning collaboration

2

5

8

 

Total Credits

Sem1: 65
Sem2: 65

130

 

PROGRAM TOTAL

520

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)

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