I am currently studying an Early Years degree at UOW or another university. Am I able to switch to this accelerated program?
The accelerated Bachelor of Education – The Early Years is a prescribed full-time course that has been specifically designed for diploma qualified educators who have also completed a minimum of two years’ full-time (or equivalent) work experience in an early childhood education and care setting. For this reason, transfers will not always be possible and will need to be approved on a case-by-case basis.
UOW students enrolled in the first year of the four-year early years degree may apply to transfer if they meet the entry requirements.
External applicants may submit a direct application to UOW. Requests for additional credit (on top of the 66 credit points) will need to be supported with documentation at the time of application.
How is this course delivered?
This degree will be delivered fully online across three academic sessions per year, and will contain a blend of recorded lectures, online activities and classes, forums, and practical placements within your employer’s network or in your local area.
Most classes and activities can be completed outside of work hours at the time that best suits you. However, there will be some synchronous classes that require attendance (online) at set times on a fortnightly basis. As much as possible, these classes will be scheduled to fall outside of normal working hours to ensure you are able to continue your normal role.
I am an interstate applicant. Am I eligible for this course?
Yes, interstate applicants are welcome to apply for this course. You should discuss with your employer (or state-based accreditation authorities) your eligibility to complete this course and relevant professional experience.
Please note, this course provides an early childhood teacher education qualification for birth to 5 years.
How many weeks of placements do I need to complete? Can I complete those placements with my current employer?
You will complete approximately 60 days of placements across 14 weeks throughout the two-year degree.
Educators currently employed through an ELACCA-affiliated service will complete their placements at another ELACCA early childhood service within their local region. For educators not currently employed in the field, or who currently work at a non-ELACCA early childhood service, UOW’s Practical Experience (PEx) unit will assist in facilitating placements.
How much will this degree cost?
This degree is offered as a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), meaning that a large percentage of your tuition fees are subsidised by the Commonwealth.
Tuition fees are charged each session based on how many subjects you are enrolled in for that given session. In 2023*, The student contribution amount i.e., the amount you are required to pay, is $515.50 per subject. Across the two years of the degree, you will complete a credit point value equivalent to 21 subjects (including placements).
The student contribution amount can be deferred via a HECS-HELP loan or can be paid upfront.
*Please note, student contribution amounts are subject to change from year to year, so an exact total cost cannot be provided. Detailed fees information can be found on the webpage: Understanding your student contribution.
Can I study this degree part-time?
No. This is an accelerated degree that was designed to be completed within 2 years. Subjects will need to be completed in the sequence set out in the course handbook. If you want to study part time, you might want to consider the four-year early years degree.
Can I defer my offer for the course?
No, deferral is not available for this intake.
Am I eligible to apply for the accelerated degree if I completed my diploma more than 10 years ago?
Yes, but you might be asked to demonstrate currency of learning against the learning outcomes. The Faculty will assist you with this process if you receive a conditional offer.
What happens if I fail a subject?
Supplementary assessment and other support services will be made available. If all options are exhausted, consideration and case by case management will be provided regarding alternative degree options.