New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5)

New Zealand Tertiary College Limited



1 Year

Total student fees


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Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Applicants must have turned 16 years of age prior to starting the course. International applicants studying in New Zealand must have turned 18 years of age prior to starting the course. Applicants will be required to provide written referee reports as part of the application process and must also declare any physical or learning disability, or diverse needs that may impact on their performance as a student. Applicants must have completed four years of secondary schooling, and achieved a minimum of 48 NCEA credits at level 2 or higher, with a minimum of 12 credits in either English or te reo Maori, or equivalent Students with English as an additional language are required to provide proof of their English language competency by providing an overall IELTS (Academic) results issued within the last two years with an overall score of at least 5.5, with a writing score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0, or equivalent. IELTS scores may be combined from two tests as long as on one test a minimum of 5.5 overall and 5.0 in each component is achieved, or equivalent. All applicants to the program are required to have a police vetting check through the New Zealand Police to ascertain their character under the Vulnerable Children s Act 2015. Applicants may be required to succeed in a personal interview.

Detailed requirements

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1 Year

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$5,848 $5,848
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$6,122 $6,122
Total $11,970 $11,970

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $28,926
Earnings range $19,183 - $37,617
In employment 43%
In further study 44%
On a benefit 7%

All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.

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Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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