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Early Childhood Care & Education

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education (Work Based)

Course code: BN030_WB Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • FETAC graduates
  • Mature Applicants                                     
Duration: 2 years (*calendar year)
NFQ level: 7
Fee :
Schedule:                                                Monday and Wednesday 6pm-9pm and
1 Saturday per month

Blended learning will support delivery Academic modules will run over two semesters per year commencing in September and January respectively
Placement project will be completed from June – August in both years, supported by the student's work-based experience over the course of the programme.
Award title: Bachelor of Arts
Credits for Full Award: 180 @ NFQ Level 7
Awarding Body:                         Technological University Dublin  



Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry standard for Leaving Certificate graduates progressing to an ab-initio Ordinary Degree (NFQ Level 7) programme is a grade O6/H7 in five subjects, these subjects must include Maths and English or Irish. Foundation level mathematics will meet the minimum entry requirement where a grade F2 or higher is achieved. The minimum entry standards for FETAC graduates is a full level 5 on QQI. Applicants must have a minimum of two years’ experience working in a recognised early childhood environment and continue to hold an early childhood position for the duration of the course.

Statement from the Employer

Applications will not be accepted without a written statement from your employer
covering each of the points below. If you are self-employed please provide full
details of the status of your organisation as well as details on yourself as an

Please provide details of the organisation for which the applicant is
• Give details of the length of time the applicant has been working in the organisation.
• Outline the roles and responsibilities of the applicant in the organisation in the timeframe stated above, including promotions and progressions, clearly
indicating the specific nature of the applicant’s current role.
• Please provide an assurance that the applicant is likely to remain in employment for the duration of their programme of study (2 years).

Applicants who are deemed eligible based on their written statements and
the statement provided by their employer, will be shortlisted. In some instances
applicants may also be invited to an interview.


Garda Vetting Requirements:

Garda vetting is a requirement of all employees of early childhood settings and as such, is a requirement of entry to the work-based BA Early Childhood Care and Education.

In addition to Garda vetting a medical assessment and provision of personal references may be required in regard to suitability for working with children.



This work-based programme in Early Childhood Care and Education is designed for people who have been working in the childcare sector for a number of years and who may already hold some qualifications in the childcare area, but now wish to obtain academic qualifications to degree level. 

Its overall aim is to produce competent and skilled early childhood professionals through a programme which provides a structured interaction between theory and practice.  The programme is underpinned by policy documents such as the Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations, Aistear : The early Childhood Curriculum Framework and Siolta. 

On successful completion of this programme, students may enter the one year add-on Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education.


Course Content

The course is offered over two years on a part-time basis and is designed on the basis of core strands which allow for the development of knowledge and skills in a range of relevant areas. These core strands are outlined below:

Year 1
Semester 1 Child Development 1
Drama and Movement
Sociology of Childhood
Health & Wellbeing in the Early Years
Child Centred Practice
Skills for Success in Higher Education
Semester 2 Child Development 2                                                                        Art & Music                                                                                       Social Institutions and the Early Years                                  Health & Safety in the Early Years                                                 Early Learning                                                                                 Early Childhood Curriculum
Semester 3 Practice Placement*
Practice Placement Project                                                                                                                                                                                
Year 2
Semester 1 Psychology and Learning in Early Childhood
Team & Group Dynamics in the Childcare Sector
Childhood and Social Policy
Literacy & Numeracy
Curriculum & Pedagogy
Outdoor Learning & Risky Play
Semester 2 Language Acquisition
Creative Group Facilitation for Young Children
Legal Studies for Early Childhood Care and Education
Professional Practice & Child Protection
Equality & Diversity in Early Childhood
Research Methods for the Early Years
Semester 3 Advanced Practice Placement *
Advanced Placement Project                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

* Practice Placement will be graded on a Pass / Fail basis and these 20 credits will not be included in the calculation of the GPA for the stage. The hours associated with Practice Placement in the work-based programme are accumulated over the full year. Assessment occurs in August (end of semester/term 3)

* Advanced Practice Placement will be graded on a Pass / Fail basis and these 20 credits will not be included in the calculation of the GPA for the stage. The hours associated with Practice Placement in the work-based programme are accumulated over the full year. Assessment occurs in August (end of semester/term 6)               

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What our students say...

" I decided on this course as I come from a family who have been invovled in the sector before, so I grew up with the idea that I always wanted to be a preschool teacher. I enjoy the wide range of modules in particular Professional Practice, which helps prepare you for working with children. This is very helpful as we go out on a 3 month work placements in Year 2 and Year 3. Work placement is great experience, I was lucky enough to be offered a summer job after my Year 2 placement."
Louise Lowry
Early Childhood Care & Education

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