Course information for - 2021 entry
Offered at 4 locations
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.
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
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 code||Unit name||Nominal hours||Core||Elective|
Ensure the health and safety of children
Provide care for children
Provide care for babies and toddlers
Promote and provide healthy food and drinks
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
Work legally and ethically
Use an approved learning framework to guide practice
Develop cultural competence
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting
Support the holistic development of children in early childhood
Provide experiences to support children’s play and learning
Use information about children to inform practice
Develop positive and respectful relationships with children
Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour
Models 2 and 3
Analyse information to inform learning
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children
Foster the holistic development and wellbeing of the child in early childhood
Nurture creativity in children
Promote children’s agency
Establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for children
Embed sustainable practices in service operations
Maintain work health and safety
Facilitate compliance in an education and care service
Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Design and implement the curriculum to foster children’s learning and development
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.
This qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level 5
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 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
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.
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
2021 Full Course Fee (Model 1) Vic & NSW
2021 Full Course Fee (Model 1) Qld
2021 Full Course Fee (Model 2) Vic & NSW
2021 Full Course Fee (Model 2) Qld
2021 Full Course Fee (Model 3) NSW only
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)
$4,725.00* to eligible applicants
2021 Government subsided Course fee (Queensland) concession.
$3,352.00* to eligible applicants
Model two Subsidized fee
2021 Government subsided Course fee (Queensland)
$273.00* to eligible applicants
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
*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 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
*Please visit to check your eligibility for Queensland Government subsided training
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 email@example.com
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.
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.