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Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth–5)

If you love working with children, this accredited four year teaching degree is for you.

This professional degree qualifies you to work as a teacher in preschools and long day care as a four-year trained teacher, as well as preparing you for employment in other parts of the children's and family services sector.

There is a strong applied learning focus to this degree so that when you graduate, you'll be prepared to work in a variety of settings day care, preschool, integrated child and family services, and early intervention services. As well as practical core units you will undertake a work placement each semester which will allow you to apply what you've learned in a real workplace setting.

This is an Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) approved early childhood teaching qualification.

More information about this course

Course code: HE20510


  • Sydney metro: Nirimba and Randwick
  • Regional: Shellharbour and Glendale

Note that the course will only run at locations where minimum enrolment numbers are met.

Duration: 4 years full time or part time equivalent

Course load: Students must complete 32 class-based subjects and 8 work placement subjects and achieve 320 credit points to complete this course. Each class-based subject is worth 10 credit points.

Next intake: February 2019

Course overview: The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) is an undergraduate qualification taught in English. The course is located at Level 7 on the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The degree aims to develop early childhood teachers who can integrate theoretical knowledge into practical education and care skills in the workplace. As well as learning the skills required of an early childhood teacher, you will study child development and pedagogical practices, welfare, ethics, diversity and social justice. You will also develop knowledge and skills in management, leadership and advocacy which will extend the range of employment opportunities you will have on graduation.

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Entry requirements and how to apply

You must satisfy at least one of the following four entry requirements to be eligible for admission into this course:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent; OR
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate; OR
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification; OR
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

This course requires you to have achieved English at Band 4 level or higher in your HSC. If you do not have Band 4 in English you may need to complete an IELTS test at your own expense and achieve the appropriate score as outlined in the entry requirements to be eligible for entry to this degree.

Note 1: You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course.
Note 2: If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage.

For full details of application requirements and to download the application form, visit the Applying and fees page

Study requirements

Study pattern

Full time students enrol in four class-based subjects and one work placement subject per semester, with face to face classes totalling approximately 16 hours per week. Students are expected to undertake an equivalent amount of private study to maximise success in the course.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course to allow students to demonstrate both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Most subjects require the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to practical exercises, class tests, essays, reports, program plans, presentations and workplace activities.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant industry experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5).

Students who have completed an Australian Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care or equivalent qualification at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) within the last ten years may be eligible for a full year of credit from the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5).

Students who have completed a three-year early childhood teacher training degree qualification, and who have current early childhood teaching experience, may be eligible for direct entry into the fourth year of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5).

All applications for exemption must be made to the course coordinator and must include supporting documentation. Students should attend class until they are formally advised that their application for exemption has been granted.

Tuition fees

In 2019 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,120 per class-based subject (a total of $35,840 for the full bachelor degree*). No tuition fees are payable for work placement subjects. This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

Tuition fees for international students can be found on the TAFE NSW International website.

*Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

Information for international students

This course is available for enrolment by international students, subject to meeting course entry requirements and satisfying student visa conditions. For more information and the current course fee for international students go to the TAFE NSW International website.


While every effort has been made to ensure information about this course is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

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