What will I learn?

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, the program culminates in two 300-hour practica that provide you with opportunities to gain direct experience working with one of UFV’s learning partners. Through both practica, you benefit from the structured supervision of experienced professionals, who can provide valuable guidance and feedback.

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, counseling, 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.

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

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$7,716.00 (4,56,298) per year
Ancillary fee/Credit - CAN $15.39

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2022


University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Campus,

33844 King Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V2S 7M8, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent, or completion of nine university-level credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00 in all university courses attempted.

For international students

Applicants must have a B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent; or

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS (Academic) - score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • TOEFL - score of 88 or higher (iBT) with no section below 20
  • CAEL - score of 70
  • PTE - score of 61 with 60 in writing
  • MELAB - score of 85

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year for entrance to the Fall semester only. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. Normally this decision is made in April for the following September. If space permits, applications received after March 31st will be considered for a September start.

Deadline: Fall (September) – April 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Durham College

About University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) offers over 100 study programs in over 30 subject areas, ranging from accounting to graphic design.

  • UFV is nationally recognized for its outstanding reputation
  • Provides over 75 study abroad destinations
  • Main campus has free shuttle bus services for students
  • UFV students get the opportunity to work with major employers