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Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

Why study Bachelor of Child and Youth Care?

The Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (BCYC) degree offered 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. 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 lends itself to meet 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 is increasing access for students to become Child and Youth Care professionals and thereby 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 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. In this role, professionals will be able to offer developmental and therapeutic services with a focus on relational and life space 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.


4 years: Full-time
8 years: Part-time


Accredited by the CHE. Registration: NQF Level 8, SAQA ID 112839

Fees for 2019

Fees are subject to change annually.

R69,500 (4,723.56 USD) per annum

* Note that fees are subject to an annual change.

Domestic/South African students are advise to pay 30% of their semester fee before enrolment and the balance by the published payment due date. Alternative payment arrangement can be applied for to pay each unit in full before the commencement date of the unit.

Payment dates are earlier if you are a commencing international student. This is to allow 6-8 weeks for your study visa applications to be processed prior to enrolment. To avoid delays obtaining a study visa, commencing international students must pay a 30% deposit before enrolling to allow 6-8 weeks for study visa applications and 50% balance on or before enrolment.

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Payment Methods

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First semester (February)


On-campus, full-time

Programme code: BCYC411
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Telephone: +27 11 950 4009
Email: enquiries@iiemsa.co.za

Course Coordinator:

Dr. Rika Swanzen
Telephone: +27 11 950 4279
Email: rswanzen@iiemsa.co.za

Programme Leader:

Mrs Precious-Pearl Mlotshwa
Telephone: +27 11 950 4163
Email: pvezi@iiemsa.co.za

Career Opportunities

The 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)

Programme Information

Mode of Delivery

A multi-modal approach will be followed to align the method of teaching with the learning outcomes of the modules and the overall aim of the degree. Starting in first year, students are introduced to the foundational theories of CYC through lectures, tutorials and the use of a Learning Management System (LMS). At the end of the 1st year there will be a Ceremony of Oaths where students are required to acknowledge the Code of ethics they need to adhere to during the field placements required from second year.    

From the second year, students start to specialize in the various settings of CYC and students are prepared to demonstrate specific skill sets (e.g. assessment and intervention strategies). Group work and peer evaluation are introduced to prepare students for working in a team context. Theoretical content becomes programme and process focused to prepare students for the application of knowledge expected in third year.

In the third year, students are introduced to workshop-based instruction and placements with organisations in the sector. It also allows specialisation for work in different settings, i.e. community, criminal courts, juvenile justice or disabilities. Students’ ability to systematically approach the solving of problems in practice becomes the focus in this year.

During the fourth year, the student is exposed to knowledge to enable the development of leadership and supervision skills, a broad understanding of legislation and policies, and the conduct of research. Logical processing and the ability to evaluate frameworks for effectiveness in terms of service delivery to children, youth and families become critical skillsets.


Modes of assessment will include class participation, face-to-face and online discussions, case study analysis, reflective reports, presentations, peer evaluation, essay assignments, tests, exams, portfolios and projects. In order to pass, the final mark must be a passing mark of 50% or more, and all assessments must be completed as part of the hurdle requirement.

Site of Delivery

The Bachelor of Child and Youth Care is offered at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Bachelor of Child and Youth Care; HEQSF level 8 (equivalent to the level of an Honour’s Degree). The degree is awarded by IIE MSA as a registered private higher education institution in South Africa.

Entry requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC)
Bachelor pass with English (50%)

National Certificate (Vocational) (NC(V))
Bachelor pass with English (50%)

Senior Certificate (SC)
Endorsement with English (50%)

Senior Certificate (Amended) (SC(a))
Bachelor pass with English (50%)

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.


More information can be found by visiting How to apply

Entry requirements

International entry requirements

An USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies is required and meeting the relevant Maths and English requirements or requisite English test e.g. TOEFL, IELS.

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.


More information can be found by visiting How to apply

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