UCOL Te Pūkenga holds a steadfast commitment to safeguarding the well-being and security of everyone within the early childhood sector. To uphold this commitment, we diligently carry out a thorough safety assessment once you have successfully completed your application for enrolment. This assessment includes the following vital steps:
- Interview: We will engage in a thoughtful and informative interview to better understand your background and qualifications.
- Confirmation of Work History: To ensure a comprehensive overview of your experience, we will verify your work history.
- Two Trusted Referees: We kindly request the contact information of two trusted referees who can provide valuable insights into your qualifications and character.
- Completing New Zealand Police Vetting: In line with our rigorous safety standards, we will facilitate New Zealand Police vetting to guarantee a secure and conducive learning environment for all.
The safety and well-being of both our students and the young tamariki during your practical experience in the early childhood community are of the utmost importance to us. This thorough safety check stands as an essential component of our unwavering dedication to delivering an educational experience that is not only secure but also nurturing and supportive.
Field Based Experience
As part of your academic journey, you will embark on a field-based experience placement, overseen by a registered and fully certified teacher. This placement must be conducted within a fully licensed early childhood service, ensuring a robust learning environment.
You have the flexibility to engage in this experience, whether in an employed or non-employed capacity, dedicating a minimum of two days (equivalent to 12 hours) per week throughout the academic year, except when you are involved in your practical experience placement.
It's important to note that securing a suitable service to facilitate your field-based experience placement is a prerequisite. We kindly request that you finalise this arrangement prior to the commencement of the course, ensuring a seamless transition into this invaluable aspect of your education.
Practical Experience Placement
In addition to your field-based experience, you will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a distinct early childhood service. This practical experience spans a duration of four weeks, with a commitment of 30 hours per week, involving full-time engagement across five days.
Please be aware that as part of this practical experience placement, you may be required to travel beyond your district. Any associated expenses incurred during this period will be the responsibility of the student.
It is important to note that all ākonga enrolled in Level 5 are required to participate in a mandatory noho marae experience, which includes an overnight stay. This enriching cultural experience is an integral part of the curriculum and enhances your overall educational journey.
Academic Requirements for Admission
To be eligible for entry to the programme, applicants must be 17 years of age at the start of the programme, and provide evidence that they meet Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand's entry to the Programme requirements.
a) For those under 20 years of age:
I. Applicants under the age of 20 years must have University Entrance (UE)
II. Be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of UCOL that they have the skills and ability to study at a tertiary level. This may include successful completion of New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care L3 or L4. Students will need to demonstrate an ability to study at the tertiary level.
b) For those over 20 years of age, there are no academic requirements for admission. However, applicants over 20 and without UE will need to be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of UCOL that they have the ability to study at a tertiary level.
All applicants must meet the general admission criteria as approved by the Academic Board. In addition, all applicants are required to:
- Declare any previous criminal convictions (including international convictions) prior to admission being confirmed. Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment; the decision is at the discretion of the Executive Dean; and · Authorise UCOL Te Pūkenga to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency. If a conviction and/or a matter of concern is identified, the decision for accepting the applicant's enrolment onto the programme is at the discretion of the Executive Dean; and
- Complete a Health Declaration Form · Provide certified copies of all relevant documentation.
- Completion of Children's Act and Safety Checking Documentation.
- Participation in a Group and Individual Interview. *
- Participation Numeracy, Literacy, and Written Assessments. *
- Completion of the Te Kākano cultural competency assessment.
*Please note that these requirements are purely to support kaimahi to best support your study, the results will not prevent your entry into the Diploma. Should you be successful in passing the Numeracy and Literacy test, this will be held on file should you wish to proceed to the degree upon completion of the diploma.
*It's important to understand that these requirements are solely in place to assist kaimahi in providing you with the best support for your studies. Successfully passing the Numeracy and Literacy test will not impact your entry into the Diploma program. However, if you do pass the test, your results will be documented and kept on file in case you decide to pursue the degree program upon the completion of the diploma.
Our selection process is a pivotal part of ensuring that our program aligns with your goals and aspirations. During this process, a comprehensive interview will be conducted, allowing us to evaluate various aspects, including:
- Personal qualities
- Professional qualities
- Early childhood knowledge and experience
- Additional work and community involvement
- Cultural knowledge and understanding
Rest assured, the interview panel will comprise dedicated UCOL Te Pūkenga early childhood kaimahi (lecturers) who possess extensive experience and expertise in this field. The interview itself is conducted in a fair and professional manner, with utmost attention to ensuring your comfort and ease throughout the process. We encourage you to invite family or whānau to provide support during this important step in your academic journey.
In the event that the number of qualified applicants surpasses the available program slots, a waitlist will be created based on the date of completed and received applications.
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 learner believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Te Pūkenga Academic Statute and other relevant policies and procedures.
To streamline and simplify the application process, we recommend that you prepare the following items before you apply: · 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 (not via the online application form).