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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
  • QQI-FET(formerly FETAC) graduates


Duration: 3 years
NFQ level: 7
Method of application: CAO
2016 Points : 250
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 applicants will require 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.

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 and 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 and Diversity in Early Childhood
  • Research Methods for the Early Years

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What our students say...

Josephina ITBDublin

" Working with children has always been my dream career since I was young. In fact, quite a few of my own former teachers influenced my decision throughout the years – this is the main reason why I chose this course. The course helps you to understand how children learn, how they develop and also how to support individual children practically. So far the best thing about this course has been my two placement experiences, I learned a lot by spending time with children and staff members. If you are enthusiastic to make a change in a child’s life, this is the right course for you. "
Josephina Hao
Early Childhood Care & Education

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