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CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care - International

CRICOS code: 109313M
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Next intake February 2025
LocationsGeelong City Campus
Duration Full-time: 18 Months

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.

All applicants must hold the following qualification - CHC30113/CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.


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). Placement is not paid work and students will not receive payment for undertaking practical placement. 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

Find out what documents you will need to complete for your application.

How to apply

Please complete the two forms below and submit via an education agent in your country.

Application form   SOP

If you need help, contact the International team.

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

2024 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 1 Jun 2022
Close: 1 Jul 2024 
Class DayStart: 15 Jul 2024
Tuesday, Wed, Thurs & Fri
2025 February
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 5 Apr 2023
Close: 1 Feb 2025 
Class DayStart: 4 Feb 2025
2 days/2 nights p/week, 1 Saturday p/mth
2025 July
Geelong City Campus 
Open: 5 Apr 2023
Close: 1 Jul 2025 
Class DayStart: 22 Jul 2025
2 days/2 nights p/week, 1 Saturday p/mth


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. An application does not guarantee a place in this course.

Additional attendance information

This is an online course, however it is a mandatory requirement for students to attend onsite face to face sessions once a month.


Successful completion of CHC30113/CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. 


IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 (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.
  • Applicants applying on a basis of entry other than successful completion of Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care from The Gordon may be required to complete one or more prerequisite units which will incur extra unit tuition fee. Further information is provided at the time of enrolment.

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 childrens 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
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

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: 15/07/2024 8:00:33 AM