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Advanced Diploma of Child and Youth Care
Advanced Diploma of Child and Youth Care

Advanced Diploma of Child and Youth Care

  • ID:GBC010047
  • Level:3-Year Undergraduate Advanced Diploma
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Admission Requirements

​​Entry requirement

  • Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) - Minimum grade of 65% required.
  • Volunteer experience with children and youth is highly recommended.

English requirements 

  • Provide proof that their secondary and/ or post-secondary studies were completed at a recognized institution where English is the primary media of instruction. The studies must be relevant to the admission requirements for the specific program (s) applied to (e.g. an advanced diploma or degree is required for certain postgraduate program)
  • Applicants with transcripts from an institution where the language of instruction is not English may meet English language proficiency requirements with one of the following proofs of language proficiency. The minimum test scores that are acceptable are listed below (as applicable). Please note: For admissions purposes, some programs require a higher score than the minimum stated below.
  • George Brown English for Academic (EAP) Program, Level 8
  • IELTS (Academic), 6.0, minimum 5.5 in each skill band
  • TOEFL, 80 (online) minimum 20 in each skill band
  • MELAB, 80
  • PTE (Academic), 54, overall minimum
    50 in each skill band
  • CAEL, 60 (overall)
  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency), 169 or more (with no individual skill below 162)
  • *NEW Duolingo English Test, 105

Other requirements 

Clinical Pre-placement health form requirements and program policy

  • Upon confirmation of acceptance into this program, students must meet and complete all the mandatory Requisite health form requirements for this program. This will take up to 10 to 12 weeks to complete.

  • Students will need to process and provide proof of their medical records such as (MMR, Varicella, Hep B blood test reports/titers, Tdap shot valid every 10 years and Two Step TB Skin Test), a clear police vulnerable sector check renewed every year, Standard First Aid certificate renewed every three years and CPR level C renewed every year. This requirements must be submitted by the given deadline to ParaMed.

  • Students who do not comply with the program’s health policy and requirements will not be eligible to attend and are excluded from the field practicum which may jeopardize their academic standing and unable to graduate in this program.

  • All costs, service fees and fines associated with the overall health requirements are the responsibility of the student.

Police Vulnerable Sector Check requirements and program policy (renew every year)

  • In compliance with the requirements of our placement partners, all students in this program are required to have a police vulnerable sector check completed, and this check must be renewed annually before entering into field or clinical placement.

  • The police vulnerable sector check process typically takes two to three months, but under some circumstances can take four to eight months. This is required to protect the clientele of our placement partner agencies, who are considered “vulnerable persons” under the law.

  • Students are responsible for ensuring that the police vulnerable sector check covers appropriateness for “individuals being employed and/or volunteering who will be working with vulnerable person(s).”

  • Students are required to keep the original copy of their police vulnerable sector check.

  • Students who are unable to provide a “clear” police vulnerable sector check may not be able to start their field or clinical placement and therefore may be unable to complete the program. Students who are not eligible to attend their practice placement due to a “not clear” status will jeopardize their progress in the program. Our agency partners have the final decision for students being allowed to practice in their agency.

  • Failure to meet the requirements for field placement will prevent students from completing the program and/or securing employment.

Course Information

George Brown College's Child and Youth Care program combines best practice principles and a relational approach that is anchored in the values of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Ontario Association of Child and Youth Care Code of Ethics.

Students learn to engage purposefully and effectively with children, adolescents and families who struggle with emotional, behavioural and developmental challenges that impair their abilities to relate to others.

Specific focus is on recognizing the impact of mental health challenges on children and youth.

Students learn to translate theory into practice to move youth from potential risk to resilience. In preparation for the field or clinical placement, students will be required to work in multiple small and large groups within classes and community settings.

Your Field Education Options

Field placement plays an important role in the Child and Youth Care program.

The first year provides students with an opportunity to develop a solid foundation of skills to build upon. The subsequent academic courses come to life in a wide range of supervised field placements in the second and third years of the program.

Second-year students can expect to be in placement two days a week (Winter semester) and third-year students can expect to be in placement three days a week over 28 weeks (includes both the Fall and Winter Semester).

Placements may take place in professional settings such as:

  • residential care

  • hospitals

  • shelters

  • schools

  • after-school programs

  • community outreach programs

  • day treatment

  • youth justice

Students are expected to work both day and evening shifts (not overnight) and may be requested to work on some weekends.

Code: C133

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Required Courses


  • semester courses

  • CYCS1004, Introduction to Child and Youth Care

  • CYCS1055, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Oppressive Practices

  • GSSC1105, Introduction to Psychology

  • COMM1007, College English

  • GNED, General Education Elective


  • semester courses

  • CYCS1015, Field Preparation Seminar

  • CYCS1022, Therapeutic Activities

  • CYCS1054, Interpersonal Communication

  • CYCS1056, Legislation & Social Issues

  • CYCS1057, Child & Adolescent Development


  • semester courses

  • CYCS1049, Counselling Children & Youth

  • CYCS2046, Field Work Seminar I

  • CYCS2031, Professional Writing in CYC

  • CYCS2045, Field Practice I


  • semester courses

  • CYCS2026, Trauma Informed Approaches

  • CYCS2046, Field Work Seminar I

  • CYCS2045, Field Practice I

  • CYCS2040, Human Sexuality

  • CYCS2041, Group Work in CYC Practice


  • semester courses

  • CYCS3023, Field Practice II

  • CYCS3024, Field Work Seminar II

  • CYCS3020, Community Based Practices

  • CYCS3021, Mental Health I

  • GSSC1138, Introductory to Sociology

  • BST2003, Crisis Prevention & Intervention


  • semester courses

  • CYCS3023, Field Practice II

  • CYCS3024, Field Work Seminar II

  • CYCS3016, Working With Families

  • CYCS3022, Mental Health II

  • GNED, General Education Elective

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Child and Youth Care graduates have found employment in:

  • treatment centres

  • group homes/residential placements

  • hospitals

  • schools

  • community-based treatment programs

  • shelters

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Mandatory Health Insurance

$743.99 for one-year coverage (Sept-August)
$508.83 for 8 months coverage (Jan-August)
$273.29 for 4 months coverage (May-August)

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