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Bachelor of Early Childhood

Bachelor of Early Childhood (BECH)

Entry requirements
ATAR (2021) 62.70
Rank (2020) 66
OP (2020) 16
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start
  • Feb, Jul

Overview

  • Are you interested in a career in early childhood education? USQ’s Bachelor of Early Childhood will give you the attributes required in the early childhood education and child care sector.
  • With an emphasis on the knowledge, skills, practices and values inherent in contemporary understandings of best practice in early childhood education, you will be well positioned to work with children and families in an array of early learning environments.
  • With USQ, you will have the chance to study your early childhood degree online, on-campus, or a combination of both.
  • You will receive practical career experience with 80 days of targeted professional experience placements in a variety of settings. It is suggested, for both international and domestic students, that 51% of professional placement is carried out in Australia.
  • Completion of the Bachelor of Early Childhood provides seamless entry into the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), enabling you to receive teacher registration.
  • Already have an early childhood qualification from TAFE or another recognised provider? USQ may be able to offer you recognition for prior learning to help you finish your degree faster.

Professional accreditation

This program is approved with the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Our Bachelor of Early Childhood does not qualify for teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers. If you are looking for teacher registration, we recommend studying the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate, you will have the skills, knowledge and experience required to work in a range of prior to school learning environments, including early education and care centres and family day care programs as a director, educator, supervisor or as a group leader.

Entry requirements

Find the entry requirements most relevant to you.

Recent secondary education

Adjusted Entry score including adjustment factors (additional points given in certain circumstances). Unadjusted Entry score not including adjustment factors.
ATAR The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a percentile rank used to assess the results of high-school applicants for undergraduate entry into university. 62.70 -
Rank Non school-leavers can have qualifications and work experience assessed to form a Selection Rank. 66 61
OP The Overall Position (OP) is a QLD tertiary entrance rank (1-25) for high-school applicants, replaced by ATAR in 2021. 16 18

Starting uni in 2021?

If you want to start your studies in 2021, the format of subject pre-requisites will change slightly from previous years. ATAR will also replace OP for Queensland students who graduate from high school from 2020. Find out more about these changes to ensure you are prepared to apply.

Pre-requisites

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (Units 3 & 4, C), General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
  • Year 12 science subject (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
  • Special entry pathways may be available. Please contact USQ.

Note: All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional requirements of professional experience placements within this degree.

Further admission information

Adjustments are additional points given in certain circumstances that may increase your Rank. Find out if you qualify for any adjustment factor pathways such as educational disadvantage where you live, and subjects you passed.

USQ is committed to greater admissions transparency. Learn more about the education and work experience, as well as average OP/Ranks for this degrees' student cohort for Semester 1 from the previous year.

Tafe (VET) qualification

If you have completed a qualification from a TAFE or qualified private provider, you may be able to use these qualifications to meet USQ's entry requirements.

Work and life experience

You may be able to use your work experience and other adjustment factors to increase your selection rank and meet USQ's entry requirements.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

If you identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent you may be eligible to enter the Indigenous Higher Education (IHEPP) program.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
9 x core courses 9
8 x shared courses 8
7 x early childhood courses 7
incl. 80 days of professional experience
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Professional experience

You will also need to complete 80 days of professional experience to gain valuable practice in early childhood services and classrooms. These experiences provide you with opportunities to put theory into practice.

All students must be able to meet the professional requirements expected of early childhood professionals within this degree.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 3950
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 22080

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 908155
Springfield 928151
Toowoomba 908151

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

Apply directly to USQ

You may be able to apply directly to USQ if you:

  • are a current or previous USQ student returning to study with complete or incomplete qualifications (excluding Head Start students), or
  • have recently graduated from TAFE.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at USQ that is relevant to you.

Got questions?

 

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