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Child, Youth and Family Studies

Child and Youth Care — Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor's degree

4 years

Child Protection Specialization

How to apply

Start date:

Abbotsford campus



  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Designed for working professionals with core courses offered in the afternoon/evening
  • Program eligible for financial aid


UFV’s Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (BA CYC) is a four-year program that prepares you to become a skilled child and youth care professional, ready to provide guidance, support and help children, youth, and families overcome emotional and physical challenges.

Starting with a focus on development and social competence for therapeutic intervention through relationships, you examine and address the issues that affect children and youth who are facing social and developmental difficulties.

With core courses offered in the afternoon and the evening, the BA CYC can accommodate your work schedule if you are currently employed in the human services field and wish to grow your career and gain skills you can apply in your work setting.

In the third and fourth year, you participate in two practica to help you apply what you learn under the structured supervision of experienced professionals, who can provide valuable guidance and feedback.

Note: If you are currently working in a full-time job you may need to adjust your schedule or take time off to meet the demands of practicums.

After you graduate from the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, you have acquired the skills to take on consultations, case assessments and interventions, counselling, advocacy, policy development, and to become a well-rounded practitioner in any agency or program. 

You may also pursue further studies in child and youth care, public administration, criminal justice, social work, or any related field.

View the Bachelor of Arts in Child Life and Youth Care program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Child Protection Specialization

You can choose to specialize your BA CYC in the field of child protection where you may complete a practicum with the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a with delegated Aboriginal agency.


Employers are looking for skilled Child and Youth Care (CYC) practitioners who are able to work in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care, you may seek employment in a variety of settings that serve the needs of children, youth and families:


  • Drug and Alcohol Prevention Worker
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Youth Education Support Worker
  • Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator
  • Restorative Justice Worker


  • Child Protection Worker
  • Special Needs Worker
  • Guardianship, Adoption, or Resource Worker
  • Mental Health Early Interventionist

Community and Social Services

  • Family Support Worker
  • Youth Outreach Worker
  • Parent Education Coordinator
  • Infant Development Consultant
  • Supported Child Development Consultant 



This program is open for international students


Apply to Qualifying Studies if you do not currently meet the Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (BA CYC) entry requirements in order to upgrade your qualifications for future admissions.

Upgrading English courses

The entrance requirements to the BA CYC include minimum grades in English courses. There are several options to upgrade your English, including UFV CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better, UFV ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better, or UFV ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better.

Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about upgrading options.


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