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Early Childhood Care & Education

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education

CAO code: BN118 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • Special circumstances
  • QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates


Duration: 4 years
NFQ level: 8
Method of application: CAO
2018 Points : 290
Award title: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6, 60 @ NFQ Level 7, 60 @ NFQ Level 8
Awarding Body: ITB  

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate applicants will require a H5 in any two higher level subjects and a 06/H7 in four other 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.

Minimum entry requirements for QQI-FET (formerly FETAC) graduates, see


Additional Requirements

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Course Content

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Child Development 1
  • Drama & Movement
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Health & Wellbeing in the Early Years
  • Child Centered Practice
  • Skills for Success in Higher Education
Semester 2
  • Child Development 2
  • Art & Music
  • Social Institutions & the Early Years
  • Health & Safety in the Early Years
  • Early Learning
  • Early Childhood Curriculum
Year 2
Semester 1
  • Practice Placement
  • Practice Placement Project
Semester 2
  • Psychology & Learning in Early Childhood
  • Team & Group Dynamics in the Childcare Sector
  • Childhood & Social Policy
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Outdoor Learning and Risky Play
Year 3
Semester 1
  • Advanced Practice Placement
  • Advanced Placement Project
Semester 2
  • Language Acquisition
  • Creative Group Facilitation for Young Children
  • Legal Studies for Early Childhood Care & Education
  • Professional Practice and Child Protection
  • Equality & Diversity in Early Childhood
  • Research Method for the Early Years
Year 4
Semester 1
  • Applied Child Psychology
  • Curriculum Development
  • Child Protection : Policy & Practice in Early Childhood Services
  • Preparation for Dissertation

Electives :

  • Creative Inventions for the Personal , Social & Emotional Development of Children
  • Children's Rights: A National and International Perspective
  • Second Language Pedagogy
  • School Age Childcare

* Two electives must be selected from Semester 1

Semester 2
  • Supporting Positive Interactions with Children
  • Family Studies
  • Social Justice in Early Childhood Care and Education
  • Disssertation

Electives :

  • Curriculum Design
  • Leadership, Management and Mentoring

* One elective must be selected from Semester 2

Note : The choice of electives are dependent upon learner demand and resource availability and may vary from year to year.


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What our students say...

"I chose this course as I always wanted to work with children. The course is very varied covering areas such as child development and legal studies, while also having fun with art and music and drama and movement. We also have a designated Early Childhood room on campus that is set up to resemeble an early years childcare setting. You get to do many fun things on this course one being going out on work placement in Year 2 and Year 3."
Dearbhla Cummins
Early Childhood Care & Education

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