Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education

Programme Type: Higher Certificate

​If you have a passion for developing young minds, IIE Rosebank College has a Higher Certificate in Education for you. The IIE Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education will prepare you to start a career in teaching and facilitation in Early Childhood Education (birth to 4 years). If Early Childhood Development (ECD) interests you, then this education course is for you.  The closing date for Education qualification applications is  26 February 2022. 

  • Industry: Education
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • SAQA: 104532
  • NQF: Level 5
  • Credits: 133

Students of this qualification will gain the knowledge, skills, and applied competencies identified by education experts as critical for employees to enter the world of work as early childhood education caretakers.


  • Nursery School Teacher
  • ECD/Preschool Teacher Aide
  • Au Pair
  • ECD/Preschool Aftercare Teacher
  • ECD/Preschool Intern
  • ECD/Preschool Manager

Minimum Admission Requirements EnglishNotes
NSC: HC pass with40%

Student's proficiency in The IIE's Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT), English, plus partial proficiency (sufficient for basic conversation; i.e. conversational competence) in one other South African official language (excluding Afrikaans) are required components of fundamental learning for this programme. For this, the following will be endorsed on your certificate:


* This higher certificate is delivered in English and thus English is known as the Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT).

* On successful completion of this Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (HC in ECCE), your certificate will be endorsed with LoLT (English).



*If you have an African Language (excluding Afrikaans) as part of your NSC or equivalent, you may receive academic credit for this language.

* If you are claiming conversational competence in an African Language (excluding Afrikaans), you are required to pass a competency test on NQF Level 5 in order to demonstrate conversational competence in such a language and receive academic credit for this language.

* Competency tests are offered in four (4) official languages only, namely, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi and Setswana on The IIE campuses.

* If conversational competence is claimed in another African language (excluding Afrikaans) other than the four listed above, the onus is on you to provide evidence of NQF Level 5, or higher conversational competence in that language.

* Once you have demonstrated conversational competence in an African language, and on successful completion of the HC in ECCE, your certificate will be endorsed, for example LoCC: isiZulu.


Note: Languages offered are campus dependent.

NC(V): HC pass40%
SC: Endorsement -none with40%
SC(a): HC pass with40%
NASCA - National Senior Certificate for Adults40%
InternationalA SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with at least 40% or equivalent for English.
Senate Discretionary AdmissionsMature Age ExemptionCandidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate or equivalent, attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with three years' work experience and proven ability relating to the proposed programme as well as adequate communication skills; OR Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Where candidates do not satisfy the formal admission requirements for this qualification, The IIE may consider an admission application in terms of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning and Qualification Completion Policy (IIE010).
General Education Development (GED) - An USA qualification developed by the American Council on Education (ACE).Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have a SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence, a minimum score of 165 out of 200 for Reasoning through Language Arts and a minimum of 145 out of 200 for each of the other GED subjects (Mathematical Reasoning, Social Studies and Science).
OQSF QualificationsCandidates with an appropriate OQSF Level 4 or 5 Certificate with at least 40 % in English.  Candidates require a USAf exemption.



Face-to-face: This is a one-year, full-time qualification offered by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) at IIE Rosebank College. Face-to-face lectures take place during the day on weekdays at the following campuses: Braamfontein, Pretoria CBD, Cape Town, and Durban.


  • Communicative Languages (Various)
  • Digital and Academic Literacies
  • Management, Development and Professionalism in ECD
  • Early Childhood Learning and Development
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Facilitating and Managing the Numeracy Programme
  • Facilitating and Managing the Life Skills Programme
  • ECD Experience
  • Facilitating and Managing the Literacy Programme




  • Early Bird Application Fee R150 (Payable by 31 December) | Late Application Fee R300 (1 January to 28 February), non-refundable.


  • Application Fee R3 500


  • *R300 All modes


  • Full-Time R1 600


  • Cash Fee: R26 990  
  • Total Term Fee: R30 390 | Instalment (11 Months) R2 590

*Ts & Cs Apply. Please ensure you consult a student advisor before registering to confirm fee and admission requirements. Returning Students,  please contact your campus for full registration details. Please note all early bird fees expire on 31 December, do take note when you apply or register.


The IIE Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 120-credit qualification on Level 5 (SAQA ID No: 104532). On successful completion, you will receive a Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Training from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), a leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.


International students will be considered for this qualification ONLY if they completed Grade 12 in South Africa. These students will automatically be referred to the Faculty of Education on campus for consideration



  • To be awarded this qualification, a minimum final year mark of 50% for each module must be achieved.
  • This information is valid for the 2022 academic year only.
  • Free software is available to all registered IIE Rosebank College students. The software includes and is not limited to MS Excel, MS Project, MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Outlook, which come with Office 365 bundle. Students can access the software using their RCONNECT email address at FTP//
  • The fees for all Online IIE qualifications include prescribed textbooks supplied in e-book format. Where an e-book is not available, the prescribed textbook will be provided in an alternate format.


To get the best out of the blended learning experience, you will need a computer or laptop with WIFI, Windows 8.1 or higher, Intel Pentium 4 Processor or higher, 1Ghz Processor or higher, 4 GB RAM or higher, 3 GB of available disk space, and a screen resolution of a minimum 1280 x 800.

 NB: this information was accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason.


The Independent Institute of Education (THE IIE) offers you the opportunity to start with a higher certificate and progress into a diploma or degree. There are several IIE pathways offered at IIE Rosebank College that enable access to higher-level IIE qualifications. Speak to the student advisor for more information.  

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