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Childcare, Elderly and Community Services Discipline

Higher Diploma in Child Care and Education

Programme code CE114301

Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Sha Tin)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. This programme is NOT applicable to VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education graduates.
  4. Applicants should note the HKSAR Government's requirement of academic qualifications for registration as a qualified kindergarten teacher in Hong Kong.
  5. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Programme Aims
With an emphasis on the integration of theory and practice, the programme aims to equip students with the professional knowledge, transferable skills and professional attitude as a good foundation for the future career in the field of early childhood education. Fieldwork placement opportunities are provided for the comprehensive learning of students to become professional early childhood educators.
This programme is designed with an emphasis on professional knowledge of early childhood education as well as on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment.
Career Prospects
Graduates of the programme are eligible for registration as kindergarten teachers with the Education Bureau, and as child care workers, child care supervisors and special child care workers with the Social Welfare Department.
Graduates can apply for admission to full-time / part-time bachelor degree programmes at various local universities as well as other overseas universities, e.g. Bachelor of Education (Hons) Education and Early Years (Top-up degree), the University of Hull, UK
Professional Recognition
The programme is recognised by the Education Bureau (EDB) and the Social Welfare Department (SWD) of the HKSAR Government. Graduates can register as Qualified Kindergarten Teachers with the equivalence of Certificate in Early Childhood Education requirement under the Education Ordinance and as Child Care Workers and Child Care Supervisors under the Child Care Services Regulations.
VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.