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CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support

Free TAFE Early Childhood Education

Next intake February 2024
LocationsGeelong City Campus
Werribee Princes Campus
DurationFull-time: 1 Year

Course description

Are you passionate about education and are looking to make a difference in the lives of children? 

If you have the patience and communication skills to manage children of various developmental levels, a career in education support could be for you. Education support workers work in a broad range of classroom contexts and learning environments in public and private schools.

Work placement/industry experience

Come and study the CHC30221 Certificate III in School-Based Education Support at The Gordon. Our course will equip you with the hands-on skills you need to apply the theory you learn throughout your studies. Students will need to undertake a mandatory 100 hours of placement in an approved school. Students can undertake practical placement in any government, Catholic, private or independent school (primary or secondary) as approved by The Gordon.

Possible career outcomes

  • Teachers’ aide
  • Education support worker
  • Integration aide
  • Teacher assistant
  • Learning support assistant

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. Follow our instructions for how to apply for a course.
  2. Apply online by selecting an intake from the Applications & attendance table below.

If you need help, visit Customer Service or request application support via email.
Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2024 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 1 Feb 2024 
Class DayStart: 30 Jan 2024
Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 3pm
Full-time: 1 Year  Apply  
2024 February
Werribee Princes Campus 
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 1 Feb 2024 
Class DayStart: 30 Jan 2024
Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 3pm
Full-time: 1 Year  Apply  
2024 Ongoing
Open: 1 Aug 2023
Close: 15 Dec 2024 


Students may need to complete some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside class time. This will be different for each course and will depend on a student’s level of skill and experience.

Class days and times in the above table are indicative. Prior to course commencement, changes may be necessary. Follow the link for more information on Attendance mode definitions. When you submit your application, please make sure you answer all the questions. Only successful applicants with complete applications will receive an offer. We issue offers as soon as possible. Follow the link for more information on Offer timing.

Many courses have limited places and high demand. We may close an intake before the date above. We recommend you apply early. If student numbers are insufficient we may cancel an intake or a course.

  • Applicants must be 18 years and over at the time of course commencement.
  • Applicants are expected to have literacy and numeracy skills at Year 11 or Year 12 or Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3.

  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Free TAFE. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

Pre-training review

Each student must complete a pre-training review as part of their application. The outcome of your pre-training review assists our teachers and trainers to better understand your capabilities prior to training and enables you to be matched to the right program. Your literacy and numeracy skills will be evaluated and you may be required to undertake a separate assessment. Follow this link for more information about literacy and numeracy skills .

In order to prepare for your LLN, you may wish to attempt some practise tests in which you will find similar questions (with solutions too). These practice tests are not VSL approved but may be similar in question type and level of difficulty to what may be asked in the VSL approved LLN. Click here for practice tests. Please note, the VSL approved LLN cannot be resat within 3 months of undertaking it.

Personal Learning Requirements

There are personal learning requirements for each qualification at The Gordon. These are essential personal capabilities and skills required to successfully complete the course and be ready to work in the industry.

Please review the requirements here and consider any challenges you may have in meeting them. When applying for your course, please let us know what support you may need.

Selection mode

Core Code Hours
Contribute to student education in all developmental domains CHCEDS035 60
Contribute to the health safety and wellbeing of students CHCEDS059 30
Contribute to the planning and implementation of educational programs CHCEDS034 70
Meet legal and ethical obligations in an education support environment CHCEDS033 35
Support responsible student behaviour CHCEDS061 45
Support students with additional needs in the classroom CHCEDS057 85
Support the development of literacy and oral language skills CHCEDS036 55
Support the development of numeracy skills CHCEDS037 60
Work effectively with students and colleagues CHCEDS060 50
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001 40
Electives Code Hours
Identify and respond to children and young people at risk CHCPRT001 40
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001 20
Provide support to students with autism spectrum disorder CHCEDS056 50
Support student literacy learning CHCEDS046 65
Support student mathematics learning CHCEDS045 45


Please note that the listed electives are delivered by The Gordon but you may not need to complete all of these units to successfully complete this qualification. If you have previously completed any of the units of competency relevant to this course, you may be eligible for Credit Transfer (CT). Any previous relevant experience may qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Find out more about CT or RPL here.

Assessment is based on:

  • Workplace Tasks     
  • Written assignments
  • Completion of work placement

This course is eligible for Free TAFE!

Eligible Victorian students who elect to use their one Free TAFE opportunity will not incur any tuition fees. Material and resources fees still apply. Follow the link for further information and to check the eligibility criteria.

FeesRateUnitIndicative Course HoursIndicative Tuition Payable by StudentMax. Indicative Government Subsidy Total
Concession Tuition AUD $1.14 per hour 750 AUD $855.00 AUD $5,662.00
Standard Tuition AUD $5.69 per hour 750 AUD $4,268.00 AUD $5,662.00
Full Fee Tuition AUD $11.49 per hour 750 AUD $8,618.00

Add the costs below to your relevant tuition fee

Resources AUD $300.00
Education Levy AUD $112.50


All fees and charges are correct at time of publication but may change without notice. The student tuition fees are indicative only. Additional fees may apply. Where GST is applicable to any courses or materials, the fee displayed is inclusive of the GST.

Which fee will I pay?

Your fees will be charged according to your eligibility for government funding. For more information, visit our Fees & Payments pages.

Fee help and student loans

VET Student Loans are available for eligible students for tuition fees ONLY.
The current years maximum VET Student Loan Course Cap is $

Payment plans may be available for eligible students who need assistance to manage their fee payments.

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Many Gordon courses offer pathways to higher qualifications within The Gordon and in some cases, to university degrees. Your Gordon course may provide credit points which could reduce further study time. Follow the link to find more information about pathways, or contact Customer Service.

Date published: 20/11/2023 4:15:51 PM