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Bachelor of Child and Youth Care

The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)

The 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.

Successful completion of this programme leads to an IIE qualification.

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.

What is this degree’s accreditation status?

The IIE Bachelor of Child and Youth Care (BCYC) is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 520-credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID: 100655). The professional degree is also endorsed by the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).

Who is the Bachelor’s degree aimed at?

The Bachelor of Child and Youth Care 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.

How is this Bachelor’s degree structured at The IIE MSA?

The IIE Bachelor of Child and Youth Care is a four-year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday. 

In line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is reviewed annually, thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit-level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.

What about timetables?

Our full-time programmes are aimed at students wishing to dedicate themselves to full-time face-to-face studies for the duration of their qualification. This means that students are expected to be available throughout the day for class in the academic year. Students may also be required to write assessments or submit coursework or assignments outside of normal class time.

Timetables remain subject to change throughout the year. In addition, where students are repeating modules, these modules may be offered in the evenings or on weekends.  Students are required to attend classes in order to remain up to date with the academic programme. Students who would like to pursue part-time employment opportunities outside of the academic programme must prioritise their studies and avoid committing to work schedules until after they have received their timetables and academic calendar from the institution.

Work-Integrated Learning (WIL)

In order to prepare students as reflective practitioners, the qualification has a significant work integrated learning component. Over the four years the following will be required towards preparation for field placements and the delivery of projects in the sector: Years 1&2 – two practicum modules each; Year 3 – two internship modules; Year 4 – two mentorship modules.

Because BCYC students will be required to register as from their second year of study Child and Youth Care Students with the SACSSP, before starting their field placements, an additional screening may be required for enrolment within the limited spaces provided per year. No late enrolments can therefore be accommodated.

You must complete the Work-Integrated Learning component to achieve the graduation requirements of this programme.

What must I pass in order to graduate with this Bachelor’s degree?

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme; and have met all the Work-Integrated Learning requirements, where applicable.

How long do I have to complete this qualification? 

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this qualification.

With what qualification will I graduate?

You will graduate with The IIE Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree.

Career opportunities: what career areas can I pursue once I have completed this Bachelor’s degree?

The Bachelor of Child and Youth Care offers specialisation in the development and care of children, families and communities. 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 and evaluation
  • Hospitals (with developmentally delayed children)
  • Correctional Services or 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:
    • NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations)
    • CBOs (Community-Based Organisations)
    • NPOs (Non-Profit Organisations)

Would it be possible to study further and obtain a postgraduate qualification once I have completed The IIE Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree?

The IIE Bachelor of Child and Youth Care degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 8 – the same level as other equivalent professional undergraduate degrees at both private and public South African institutes of higher education.  The opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours degree at any South African university or higher education institution exists subject to meeting their specific programme entrance criteria.
Your academic results are a key factor when applying for further studies.

Call the IIE MSA campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.
Tel: +27 11 950 4009 or email    

Disclaimer:  Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.