L3 Early Childhood Studies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Shefferd

A University approved course, it is designed for students who are planning a career working with children or want an understanding of children’s behaviour and general Human Development. It would be suitable for those intending to study Health, Teaching, Psychology, Nursing or Social Work.

Students will learn key socio-cultural theories of learning and development to inform and enable them to contribute to the human development and learning of children and adults.  It provides a solid basis for analysis and report writing required for Tertiary level education.

Students have the option of completing a work placement in either an Early Childhood or Primary setting.

This course is assessed to L3 Achievement Standards (15 credits) and L3 Unit Standards (5 credits).

Required Prior Learning

Entry is subject to the HOD and dependent upon proved performance in NCEA L2.  The expectation is that students would have gained 12 credits in a written based subject.


This subject is Approved for University and would be ideal for those students wanting to pursue the following career pathways:
Social Work
Teaching - all levels

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