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Course code: HE20510

Locations: TAFE NSW Nirimba, TAFE NSW Randwick, TAFE NSW Shellharbour, TAFE NSW St Leonards and TAFE NSW 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: You 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:

  • Classes commence 13 February 2023
  • First round applications close 25 November 2022
  • Late applications will be accepted until 27 January 2023 subject to availability of places.

At a glance:

  • 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.

To be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) you must have at least ONE of the following entry requirements:

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

You must also have:

  • 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.

Please note:

  • You do NOT require an ATAR for entry into this course
  • 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

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

This course requires students to complete eight workplacements. Before students can go out on workplacement, they need to get a WWCC at their own expense. Students who do not have a WWCC cannot go on workplacement and as such will not be able to complete course requirements.

Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page*.

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

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

* Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.

Be recognised for your knowledge and experience with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed studies in a related field, or had extensive and relevant industry experience, you may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5).

If you 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 you may be eligible for a full year of credit from the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5). If you have completed a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and you complete the TAFE NSW mandated bridging course you may be eligible for an additional 6 months credit. A tuition fee is payable for the bridging course.

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

Applications for RPL must be made to your Course Coordinator and must include supporting documentation. You are required to attend class until you are advised that your RPL request has been granted.

Note: Your application for RPL will assess your prior learning against the outcomes of this course. RPL is only granted against full subjects. Partial RPL will not be granted.

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.

You might be interested in starting out with a higher education short course first.

These short courses are undergraduate certificates, designed to provide you with the professional skills and knowledge to move into new employment opportunities, or to count towards completing the diploma or bachelor course.

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

While every effort has been made to ensure the above information 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.

Industry Connections

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

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By completing the TAFE NSW Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5), you will be qualified to work in a range of early childhood settings, specifically teaching children aged 0 to 5 years. If a school has an on-site preschool, you will be qualified to teach in the preschool. Note that you are required to be accredited with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) prior to being registered as an early childhood teacher.

Having graduated from the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care course, you will be able to work in a range of roles related to the education and care of children from birth to five years. These include teaching at registered preschools, early childhood centres, and long day care. You will also be qualified to work in community service programs that work directly with families with young children, such as outreach and mobile services, youth parent programs, etc.

At this stage, the course is only delivered in person at TAFE NSW locations. We are currently delivering this course at three metropolitan locations (TAFE NSW Randwick in Sydney’s east, TAFE NSW St Leonards in Sydney’s north, and TAFE NSW Nirimba in Sydney’s west), as well as two regional locations (TAFE NSW Shellharbour in the Illawarra, and TAFE NSW Newcastle's Glendale campus).


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