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Early Childhood Care & Education

Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education

CAO code: BN030 Entry Route into programme:
  • Leaving Certificate
  • Mature grounds
  • Special circumstances
  • FETAC graduates


Duration: 3 years
NFQ level: 7
Method of application: CAO
2014 Points : 300
Award title: Bachelor of Arts
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6, 60 @ NFQ Level 7
Awarding Body: ITB Transfer and Progression : BN418 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education

Minimum Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements:

A pass in five subjects (ordinary level) to include Mathematics and English or Irish. Foundation level Mathematics at Grade B2 or higher counts as a subject towards the five passes. The points awarded for Foundation Level Mathematics(at grade B2 or higher) are as follows:

A1 = 20 points    A2 = 15 points

B1 = 10 points   B2 = 5 points

A grade E in Leaving Certificate Mathematics at Higher Level counts as a subject towards the five passes, however no points will be awarded for this grade.

FETAC Entry Requirements:

Any full Level 5 or 6 award.


Additional Requirements

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Course Content

Year 1
Semester 1
  • Child Development 1
  • Introduction to Drama & Movement
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Health & Well -Being in the Early Years
  • Introduction to Child Centered Practice
  • Communications & Personal Development
Semester 2
  • Child Development 2
  • Introduction to Art & Music
  • Social Institutions & the Early Years
  • Health & Safety in the Early Years
  • Early Learning
  • Group & Team Dynamics in the Childcare Sector
Year 2
Semester 1
  • Placement 1
  • Placement Project 1
Semester 2
  • Psychology & Learning in Early Childhood
  • Curriculum Development 1
  • Childhood & Social Policy
  • Promoting Health in the Early Years
  • Child Centered Practice & Policy
  • Physical Education for Young Children
Year 3
Semester 1
  • Placement 2
  • Placement Project 2
Semester 2
  • Understanding Second Language Acquisition
  • Creative Group Facilitation for Young Children
  • Legal Studies for Early Childhood Care & Education
  • Contemporary Professional Practice in Early Childhood Care & Education
  • Research Method for the Early Years
  • Starting your Own Business

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