Program Information

School: Vancouver Island University
Faculty: Human Services
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Youth Services/Administration
Description: A full range of courses is available to complete a program of studies leading to a B.A. degree in Child and Youth Care at Vancouver Island University. The Child and Youth Care degree program is a four-year course of study (120 credits), which prepares students to enter a variety of child and youth care employment settings. These range from early intervention programs to youth corrections programs, child protection and guardianship work, community-based programs such as day-care, schools, family support and group homes.

The program is designed in response to increasing demand from employers for skilled child and youth care practitioners who are able to work in an integrated, multidisciplinary way. Some of the topics that students will be required to study are child welfare, abuse and neglect concerns, human and family development, theories of practice; and activity-based interventions. Aboriginal ways of knowing and cultural competency skills are integrated throughout the curriculum. The program is offered on a full-time, as well as a part-time basis to accommodate practitioners working in the field.

URL: Child and Youth Care at Vancouver Island University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $18,219

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

– To be eligible for admission at first year to the VIU B.A. CYC program, students must have completed Grade 12 (or have mature student status), with a minimum of “C” in English 12 or equivalent. – graduation from a B.C. secondary school, or equivalent, with a minimum “C” grade in either English 12 or English 12 First Peoples; – previous degree from a recognized university; – visiting student from a college or university (a “Letter of Permission” from the home institution is required); – transfer student from a college or university (at least 24 transferable university-level credits completed); – mature student—at least 21 years of age (or will turn 21 in the first semester of admission) and has a minimum “C” grade in either English 12 or English 12 First Peoples.

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae