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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care - International

CRICOS code: 109313M
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Next intake February 2023
LocationsGeelong City Campus

Course description

If you are ready to take the next step and become a room leader, this course is for you. You will gain the skills and qualifications to confidently and effectively work in the early education sector, allowing you to positively impact our future generations. The program will enable you to develop skills to design, implement and evaluate early childhood education programs whilst caring for and supporting children’s learning in their most formative years.

Work placement/industry experience

A mandatory course component is a practical placement in a registered education and care service. Minimum 280 hours of work placement. (organised by The Gordon). You must have a valid Working with Children Check. Some centres may require you to have immunity to COVID-19 and whooping cough. You may be required to travel up to an hour to attend placement in regional or metropolitan centres.

How often do I attend?

Full time - 4 days a week

Possible career outcomes

  • Early childhood educator
  • Out-of-school hours educator or coordinator
  • Family daycare operator
  • Team, group or program leader
  • Educational leader
  • Early childhood service director or coordinator

Applications & attendance

How to apply

  1. View how to apply to find out what documents you will need to complete your application.
  2. Submit your application through your education agent using the forms below or apply online by selecting an intake from the application and attendance table below.

If you need help, contact the International team.

Submission of an application does not guarantee a place in the course.

2023 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Jun 2022
Close: 28 Mar 2023 
BlendedStart: 28 Mar 2023
Tuesday, Wed, Thurs & Fri
2023 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Jun 2022
Close: 1 Jul 2023 
BlendedStart: 11 Jul 2023
Wed - 6pm-9pm, Fri - 8.45am to 3.30pm
2024 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Jun 2022
Close: 8 Feb 2024 
Class DayTuesday, Wed, Thurs & Fri
2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Jun 2022
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayTuesday, Wed, Thurs & Fri


Note: Students are required to undertake some self-paced learning and assessment activities outside of class time.

Please refer to our key dates and orientation webpage here.

We reserve the right to close course intakes early. Many courses have limited places and high demand. Early applications are recommended. We reserve the right to cancel intakes and courses if there are insufficient student numbers.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold one of the following qualifications:

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
  • You must reside in Victoria to access Victorian Government Subsidised Fees and any incentive such as Job Trainer. Full fees apply to all non-Victorian residents.

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 .

Practice tests

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.


Successful completion of Australian Year 11 or equivalent – Equivalents can be found on our Entry Requirements page.


IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band below 5.0 (or equivalent) – Equivalents can be found on our English language equivalency page.
*Applicants from specified countries may be exempt from English Language Requirements for admissions purposes. Such students will still need to provide evidence of meeting minimum English requirements for visa purposes. Check the list of exempt countries for more information.

Age/other requirements:

You must be 18 years or over at the time of course commencement.

Entry to this qualification is open to individuals who hold one of the following qualifications:

  • CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

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
Analyse information to inform children’s learning CHCECE047 75
Embed environmental responsibility in service operations CHCECE049 73
Facilitate compliance in a children’s education and care service CHCECE044 110
Foster holistic early childhood learning development and wellbeing CHCECE042 200
Foster positive and respectful interactions and behaviour in children CHCECE045 60
Implement strategies for the inclusion of all children CHCECE046 65
Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children CHCECE041 55
Manage team effectiveness BSBTWK502 60
Nurture creativity in children CHCECE043 80
Plan and implement children’s education and care curriculum CHCECE048 180
Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003 120
Work in partnership with children’s families CHCECE050 70
Elective Units Code Hours
Develop and use emotional intelligence BSBPEF502 60
Respond to grievances and complaints about the service CHCECE053 40
Support the learning and development of teams and individuals BSBHRM413 40


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:

  • Hands-on work
  • Workplace tasks
  • Written assignments
  • Industry placement
  • Team projects

Fees are based on current year and are subject to change for future years. Fees are charged upon course offer and must be paid to obtain the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Contact the international office for detailed information or see fees, payments and refunds. More information.

Total tuition fee:


Total approx. materials and courses expenses:

Excursions AUD $70.00
Resources AUD $375.00
Administrative fee AUD $250.00 once

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Years)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Arts

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: 6/02/2023 4:01:33 PM