TAFE Queensland Gold Coast requires the following entry requirements to be met:
- For access and equity reasons, this course does not have any specific entry requirements (however see note below regarding Language, Literacy and Numeracy Testing).
- If you hold a current Certificate III CHC30708, CHC30712 OR CHC30113 and/or work in the industry, you may be eligible for credit transfer or RPL. Anyone in this position MUST email the Team Coordinator email@example.com or phone 5581 8880 prior to enrolling to determine your eligibility and your selection of units to complete.
- To access Certificate 3 Guarantee funding for this course the prospective student must meet all the subsidy eligibility.
- To access Fee-Free Year 12 funding for this course the prospective student must provide evidence that they have graduated Year 12 in the last 12 months. Therefore, if you would like to enrol in the course using this funding, you will need to provide a copy of your Year 12 certificate and meet all other Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy eligibility.
- To access Apprenticeship and Traineeship funding for this course please read further details here.
- After enrolment, all applicants must complete a short quiz on Literacy and Numeracy levels using the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) prior to orientation dates or prior to the first day of class.
Literacy and Numeracy
While this training package does not stipulate any entry requirements, students do need to have, or be able to attain, a level of literacy and numeracy skills that will enable them to gain the required skills and knowledge to complete their course and ultimately to work in their chosen field. TAFE Queensland Gold Coast is committed to ensuring that students receive training, assessment and support services that meet their individual needs. Therefore, before commencing their course, all TAFE Queensland Gold Coast students are required to participate in an Orientation session where they complete a set of literacy and numeracy tasks. These tasks are designed to identify students at risk of not being able to complete their course due to their level of literacy and numeracy skills.
Students identified at risk of non-completion due to their literacy and/or numeracy skills are contacted confidentially by one of TAFE Queensland Gold Coast’s specialist Learning Support teachers. Recommendations may include participation in a foundation skills program focussing on literacy and numeracy skills or a course at a lower qualification level on the Australian Qualifications Framework prior to attempting their chosen course. Recommendations may also include use of the additional assistance available from the Learning Support Team throughout their course.
Any student who withdraws prior to commencement of study is entitled to a full refund. Further periods of penalty-free withdrawal often apply, but differ between payment type, so please check your relevant refund policy for further details. Please note that students are also able to transfer from one course to another within the first two weeks of study without penalty but transferring as early as possible will provide the student with the best opportunity to be successful in their alternative course.
Blue Card for Vocational Placement
Students must be eligible for a Working with Children check or state equivalent (commonly known in Queensland as a Blue Card) 1800 113 611 or http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students will require a computer with internet access and an email account. Students will be required to access online content as part of this course.
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:
- Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
- Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
- Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
- Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
- ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
- Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
- Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)
Learning is conducted via blended delivery including:
- Guided learning - (Online teacher facilitation)
- Six timetabled workshops per year – February, April, June, August, October, November
- Access to a tutorial class for further support at Southport from 9.00am-3.00pm on Wednesday (Level 2, Room 210) or Thursday (Level 2, Room 212).
- Regular Webinars - Teacher will advise when these occur
- Self-directed learning - (Student's responsibility - usually occurs outside of online teacher facilitation)
- Workplace delivery (on the job learning/vocational placement, two visits per term - 120 hours vocational placement required)
This program is scheduled over 12 months with approximately 3 hours per week teacher-directed online facilitation. To complete the course in this time it would be expected that participants would study for approximately 10-25 hours per week (including teacher-directed and self-directed learning via the online learning management system).
Students who do not hold a current HLTAID004 Provide First Aid Certificate will need to attend the First Aid class on (date to be advised).
Students who do hold a current HLTAID004 Provide First Aid Certificate will not need to enrol into this class.
Various methods of assessment include:
This involves the assessor directly observing the candidate performing the tasks which facilitates a decision of competent or not yet competent.
- an assessor attends a day care centre and observes a candidate changing a nappy on a baby
- an assessor asks a candidate why they chose particular resources and equipment for setting up a play area for 4-5 year olds.
This involves evidence which supports the candidate being able to perform a task.
- a finished product created by the candidate - portfolio, resource, poster
- a written assessment piece responding to specific knowledge questions.
Third Party Evidence
Also referred to as supplementary evidence, provided by Early Childhood Education professionals/supervisors in the vocational placement setting, another important means for assessors to make a judgement about the candidate’s competence.
For example: asking the candidate to explain their understanding of the Early Years Learning Framework and how this is evidenced in their work.
For example, rosters and timesheets, minutes of staff meetings, position descriptions.
Video and Photos
For example, a video of a candidate changing a nappy or teaching a child to learn a new song.
Students are required to complete 120 hours of vocational placement throughout the 12 months.