UCOL's National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) comprises 63 credits.
Students will be placed in an early childhood setting organised by UCOL to achieve required practicum hours. Work placements and successful completion of the programme are dependent on a satisfactory police check and UCOL’s ability to place students successfully.
UCOL will undertake a safety check of all students after enrolment to ensure UCOL meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act, 2014. UCOL will do this on behalf of early childhood education institutions and providers of private childcare placements hosting UCOL students. The safety check involves confirming the student’s work history, verifying their suitability to work with children with a trusted referee, and completing New Zealand Police vetting.
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
- National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may
request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
- Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
- Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
- Check if you're eligible for additional support or a
scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of
our free Youth Transition programmes.
Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.
Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the
Recognition of Prior Learning Form
where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.
Students at HLC Levin
Programme requirements may vary. Please contact your tutor for details.
Please note that there are additional costs associated with the National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) as follows:
The following books are available from leading book stores including
- Clark, B. & Grey, A. (ED.). (2010).
Āta Kitea Te Pae – Scanning the horizon. Perspectives on early childhood education. North Shore, New Zealand: Pearson. Approximate cost $64.00
- Drewery, W. & Claibourne, L. (2014).
Human Development: Family, place and culture (2nd ed.). Australia: McGraw-Hill Education Pty Ltd. Approximate cost $100.00