Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 4 locations

Study mode
  1. Blended Learning, predominately Face-to-Face (Models 1 & 2)
  2. Blended Learning, predominately online and self-directed (Model 3)
Duration

Model 1: 18 months Full Time for applicants without Certificate III in ECEC

Model 2: 12 months Full Time for applicants with a Certificate III in ECEC

Model 3: 12 months Part Time for applicants with a Certificate III in ECEC and working in Childcare

Course Code

CHC50113

Start dates

Model one

9th February 2021 @ Brisbane campus for 18-month Diploma

15th February 2021 @ Melbourne campus for 18-month Diploma

15th February 2021 @ Ballarat campus for 18-month Diploma


Model two

9th February 2021 @ Brisbane campus for 12-month Diploma


Model three

22nd February 2021 @ Blacktown campus for 12-month Diploma for applicants working holding a Cert III in ECEC 

Overview

Australian Catholic University (ACU) College is offering a course that provides the skills and knowledge for early childhood educators who are responsible for the design and implementation of early childhood education and care programs. The course comprises 16 units from the CHC30113 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), plus 12 additional units to make up the full Diploma.

Key benefits of this course include a range of interesting topics such as:

  • child development and learning
  • planning educational programs to suit individual needs
  • leading a team in an early childhood environment.
  • supportive and well qualified teachers with extensive experience in the early childhood field
  • practical placement in an early childhood centre providing hands-on experience working with children
  • use of modern equipment and resources at ACU
  • access to student activities in a university environment
  • access to academic skills support and career advice.

There are a number of delivery models available at each campus location which suits individuals either entering into the Childcare sector, or individuals wishing to up-skill/re-skill.

Why study at ACU college?

ACU College is in a select position of operating as a Registered Training Organisation based in a University where all enrolled students benefit from the services offered by the university and can access the exclusive pathways to further their educational opportunities should prospective students seek a further studies pathway choice.

Class Structure

In summary the teaching and learning models follows:


Model one: New entrant. Melbourne, Ballarat, Brisbane

Full time 18-month program. Targeting new entrants to Early Childhood Education and Care

Classes delivered three days per week over 3 semesters with standard school holiday breaks. Applicants undertake full Placement requirements 4 placement blocks


Model two: Applicants with Cert III ECEC qualification. Brisbane

Targeting applicants with a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Full time 12-month program Classes delivered three days per week with standard school holiday breaks. Applicants undertake 2 placement blocks.


Model three: Applicant with Cert III ECEC qualification and currently working in Childcare - Blacktown

Part time 12-month program. Targeting applicants interested in upskilling while working.

Classes delivered once a month on campus with students provided online access to course content, assessments and contact with online trainers weekly. Majority of program is self-directed learning, no placement requirements as students visited in workplace by assessor.

Professional Placement Requirement

Professional experience placement or supervised workplace experience is an essential component of units offered within the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care program. Successful completion of all scheduled Placements is necessary to gain a ‘Satisfactory’ result. Placement in the Early Childhood Education program are scheduled in blocks and full time participation is expected.

There are a number of specified requirements needed prior to placement including Working with Children (WWC) check and a student must be aged 18 years prior to the first placement. It may also be required that a student provide immunisation records prior to placement and undergo a National Police check (at a student’s own cost).

Career and Industry Partnership

Graduates of the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care have a choice of employment pathways:

  • crèche childhood worker
  • early childhood educator
  • early childhood education team leader
  • family day care worker
  • early childhood education and care coordinator.
  • supervisor of an occasional care facility
  • out of school hours care coordinator and educator
  • director of early childhood centre

Course details

How will you learn

ACU College provides a blended learning environment that includes face-to-face classes, workplace placement and some online learning

What you will study/key features

To be successfully awarded CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) a student must be deemed competent in all 23 units of competency

  • 23 core units
  • 5 elective units, of which:


Units of study

Unit codeUnit nameNominal hoursCoreElective

MODEL 1

CHCECE002

Ensure the health and safety of children

63

YES

CHCECE003

Provide care for children

70

YES

CHCECE005

Provide care for babies and toddlers

60

YES

CHCECE004

Promote and provide healthy food and drinks

35

YES

CHCPRT001

Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

40

YES

CHCLEG001

Work legally and ethically

55

YES

CHCECE009

Use an approved learning framework to guide practice 

70

YES

CHCECE001

Develop cultural competence

70

YES

CHCDIV001

Work with diverse people

40

YES

CHCDIV002

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

25

YES

HLTAID004

Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting

20

YES

CHCECE010

Support the holistic development of children in early childhood

70

YES

CHCECE011

Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning

40

YES

CHCECE013 

Use information about children to inform practice

40

YES

CHCECE007

Develop positive and respectful relationships with children

70

YES

CHCECE020

Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour

50

YES

Models 2 and 3

CHCECE023

Analyse information to inform learning

70

YES

CHCECE021

Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children

50

YES

CHCECE017

Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood

240

YES

CHCECE018

Nurture creativity in children

80

YES

CHCECE022

Promote children’s agency

80

YES

CHCECE016

Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children

50

YES

CHCECE025

Embed sustainable practices in service operations

60

YES

HLTWHS003

Maintain work health and safety

40

YES

CHCECE019

Facilitate compliance in an education and care service

120

YES

CHCPRP003

Reflect on and improve own professional practice

120

YES

CHCECE024

Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development

170

YES

CHCECE026

children

70

YES

TOTAL HOURS

1968

RPL and credit transfers

ACU College recognizes your acquired relevant competencies and capabilities. If you wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT), please request the RPL/CT policy at during the information sessions

  • You must provide certified and validated evidence for a Credit Transfer; and,
  • Applicants applying for RPL must complete a detailed application and undergo an assessment only process. Applicants will need to provide references of workplace application of skills and knowledge.

AQF framework

This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 5

Entry requirements

Direct entry to ACU College

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Cert IV or above
  • Cert III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Special consideration with evidence will be considered for Non-Year 12 applicants
  • LLN/PTR to meet ASQA Standard 1, Clause 1.7
  • Students must be 18 years old or older within the first four months of the enrolment

Pathways

Pathways into ACU college

Applicants completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with ACU College are guaranteed an interview into the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care program

CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services (incorporating CHC22015 Certificate II in Community Services)

CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Further study

ACU College has an articulation agreement with ACU. Students may apply for direct entry into the Bachelor of Early Childcare Education (Birth to Five years); Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary) programs offered at ACU.

Pathways to Further study and guaranteed credit - Students successfully completing a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with ACU College gain guaranteed credit and may apply for further study in a Bachelor of Education or Early Childhood Education at another institution (if applicable) through the state-based tertiary admissions centre.

Fees

Full Fee

The tuition fee you will pay depends on whether you are eligible for a Government subsidised place OR a full-fee place in the Diploma course. If you are eligible for a subsidised place, there will still be a gap or balance owed as the subsidies do not cover the full tuition fee.

A VET student Loan (VSL) may be accessed by eligible students for a capped amount to cover gap

Fee Detail

DescriptionFee

2021 Full Course Fee (Model 1) Vic & NSW

$17,712.00

2021 Full Course Fee (Model 1) Qld

$11,130.00

2021 Full Course Fee (Model 2) Vic & NSW

$11,500.00

2021 Full Course Fee (Model 2) Qld

$6,678.00

2021 Full Course Fee (Model 3) NSW only

$9,500.00

Model one Subsidized fee

2021 Government subsided Course fee (Victoria)

No concession available

Your contribution $5,904.00* to eligible applicants

2021 Government subsided Course fee (Queensland) 

Your contribution

$4,725.00* to eligible applicants

2021 Government subsided Course fee (Queensland) concession. 

Your contribution

$3,352.00* to eligible applicants

Model two Subsidized fee

2021 Government subsided Course fee (Queensland)

$273.00* to eligible applicants

Model three

2021 No Government subsidy available in NSW. Full fee only

$9,500.00 - Eligible applicants may cover this cost with VET student loan

Funding and Fee Assistance

Fee HELP:

*The VET student loan (VSL) scheme is available to eligible applicants to cover either the balance (your contribution) after a subsidy, or the Full fee capped at $16,077.00.

Further information on the Government scheme available https://www.studyassist.gov.au/vet-student-loans

Course materials not including textbooks

Other items such as non-scheduled make-up assessments, Working With Children Check, National Police Check, and immunisation costs as relevant to the course requirements not included


Model 1 $280 (textbooks are a compulsory purchase)

Model 2 & 3 $160 (textbooks are a compulsory purchase)


Student amenities fee - $450 (this includes a non-refundable deposit $300

Payment options

Payment of course fees depends on the choice of payment methods whether up front, or via a direct debit arrangement with ACU College. 


*Please visit to check your eligibility for Victorian Government subsided training

https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Students/Pages/vtg-eligibility-indicator.aspx


*Please visit to check your eligibility for Queensland Government subsided training

https://desbt.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/7784/hls-student-factsheet.pdf


A “Student guide to fees” is issued students prior to the formal course offer.

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How to apply

How to apply

Direct application to ACU College - not through your state-based Tertiary Admissions Centre for example VTAC, QTAC. Please apply through the "Book an information Session" tab to submit an expression of interest. Once your expression of interest is received, ACUC will distribute information regarding the enrolment process and eligibility requirements for government funding and/or VET Student Loan (VSL)


Application for this course is made directly to ACU College and not through VTAC/QTAC. For  more information, please contact the office at ACU College ACUCollege.Melbourne@acu.edu.au and acucollege.brisbane@acu.edu.au

Please note: you will be required to complete a pre-training review before the course commencement.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment

Each applicant must undertake a Pre-Training review (PTR) which consists of an online (Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment, completion of a short questionnaire and interview. The objective of the PTR is to establish if the course is suitable for the learner and its proposed learning strategies/materials and if the learner is suitable for the course and demonstrates motivation and ability.

The objective of LLN assessment is to establish

  • If the applicant requires LLN support throughout the training program or workplace tasks, or
  • should an applicant complete a lower level qualification before commencing the training.

Interview

Each applicant that demonstrates sound Literacies and numeracy skills and meets the entry requirements is invited to interview. A pre-training review questionnaire will be completed prior to interview.

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