Distance undergraduate

Meet some recent SCYC distance students

Study where you live

I chose UVic because I wanted to further my education but required the flexibility that distance education affords me. I have a busy family life, work full time and have several community commitments that I enjoy - so distance education made sense for me. – Kari Penner

Complete your Bachelor in Child and Youth Care (BCYC) degree from the comfort of home. Our distance and distributed education program blends web-based classroom environments with print.

Our online learners never feel alone. Distance learning formats help make the learning experience engaging, fun and productive.

Our online programs let you combine studies with work and family responsibilities. You'll study with people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and locations without leaving your community.

Our distance program allows you to complete your BCYC degree entirely at a distance, with the exception of one 10-day on-campus seminar course in the 4th year.

Most courses are highly interactive. You'll communicate regularly with your instructor and fellow students through course websites.

Learn more about admissions requirements to the School of Child and Youth Care and admissions processes. Learn about program requirementspracticum, and browse through our FAQs.

Our distance courses are created and updated by highly skilled course development teams including content experts, an instructional designer, and a web developer. Learn more about the delivery format.

Benefits of SCYC distance courses include:

  • increased flexibility
  • working while pursuing your education
  • applying what you're learning directly to your work environment
  • consistent and enjoyable interactions with your fellow students and instructors through web-based course environments

As a distance student you qualify for much of the same funding as other students. Funding is based on the number of units you are registered in. For access to some funding you will need to "opt in" to UVSS fees.

You’ll find more information on the Student awards and Financial Aid site.

All students are required to complete three practicum courses as part of the BCYC degree program. For more information, explore our practicum page.

Our online learners never feel alone. Distance learning formats help make the learning experience engaging, fun and productive.

Personally, I LOVE distance education. I am so glad that this option is available for students like me. I can complete my work when my schedule allows it. The standards are high. However, if you are not a motivated, self-disciplined student, with good reading and writing skills, distance education is probably not the best idea. Everything you learn in distance education happens because you are determined to learn it. You can't learn if you don't read the material and do the activities.

Kari Penner

Online interactions are usually a large part of the course experience. You'll participate in ongoing discussions by posting ideas and receiving feedback from your instructor and classmates. Debates, case studies and role-plays are some of the learning activities you may take part in.

Most distance courses include print or audio/visual content on a course website or web-classroom. In some case you'll have real-time meetings through web-conferencing, chat or other media.

Our distance courses are centred in a web-classroom where you'll be able to:

  • review your course notes
  • join discussion forums, wikis or other collaborative activities
  • submit your assignments
  • keep track of your grades
  • link to online readings

You should plan for about nine hours of study time per week per course, with a minimum of three hours spent online. This can be adjusted up or down as necessary, and will vary for every learner and course. Check out some time management tips.

Some tips for keeping balance ... find at least one self-care activity that you can do regularly that helps to ground you. For me, it is walking. Unfortunately, with 3 courses, I barely had time to breathe this term - I can't wait until this week is finished! But that being said, I find that staying in shape and eating a balanced diet are very important to my overall feelings of happiness. When I feel happy, I feel motivated to learn. The odd "date" night is important too!" – Kari Penner

The Online help Desk is there if you need help accessing your course website or interacting with your instructor or classmates online. There's also a dedicated library staff for distance students. They'll help you carry out online research and locate material.

The Distance Education Services site has all sorts of tips, including how to set up your study space. Learn more about support for distance students.