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Duration: One semester full time, or two semesters part time.

To be eligible for admission, you must have completed either:

  • the NSW HSC or equivalent
  • a Tertiary Preparation Certificate
  • a certificate IV qualification (or higher) in any field.

If you do not meet the above entry requirements, you can apply under special admission provisions (including mature age and disadvantage). You will be required to submit documentation to support your application for special admission.

In 2021, domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,180 per 10 credit point subject (a total of $4,720 for the full undergraduate certificate*). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

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. Please check current fee information in the fee schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

If you have extensive, current and relevant workplace experience or you have recently completed studies in a related field, you may be eligible for exemption from some subjects in the Undergraduate Certificate in Foundations of Early Childhood Education.

Speak with your course coordinator to see if you’re eligible.

You are required to attend class until you are advised that your application for recognition of prior learning (RPL) has been successful.

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.

Students who complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Foundations of Early Childhood Education and choose to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5), will receive credit for the four subjects completed.

Study pattern

Full time students enrol in four subjects, worth 40 credit points, for one semester. Part time students will typically enrol in two subjects, worth 20 credit points, completing the course over two semesters.

Students will attend classes at TAFE NSW Randwick for approximately four hours per week, per subject.

It is recommended that students also undertake at least five hours per week, of additional private study per subject, to maximise their understanding of course content.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course, with most subjects requiring the completion of three to four assessment tasks, and assessments designed to be practical and relevant to early learning contexts.


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

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.

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

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