Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Care and Education (Work Based)
|Course code: BN030_WB||
Entry Route into programme:
|Duration: 3 years (6 Semesters)|
|NFQ level: 7|
|Fee : €2,200 per year|
|Schedule: Year 1: Monday and Wednesday, 6pm – 10pm and 1 Sat per month Year 2: Monday , 6pm – 10pm and 1 Sat per month Year 3: Wednesday , 6pm – 10pm and 1 Sat per month|
|Award title: Bachelor of Arts|
|Credits for Full Award: 180 @ NFQ Level 7|
|Awarding Body: ITB|
Minimum Entry Requirements
Applicants must have a pass in five
subjects (ordinary level) in the Leaving
Certificate, to include Mathematics
and English or Irish, or an equivalent
qualification. Leaving Certificate
Mathematics at Foundation Level at
grade B2 or higher is acceptable for
this programme. A grade E in Leaving
Certificate Mathematics at Higher
Level counts as a subject towards the
The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC level 5 or 6 awards is any full award.
(i.e. those who are aged 23 years or
more on January 1st in the year of
entry) applying for the first level of
programmes are exempt from this
Applicants applying for this course must
have been in full-time employment in a
recognised child care setting for more than two years. Applicants must remain
in full-time employment throughout their course of study.
Please note that the number of places is limited and participants will be shortlisted
based on the written statement provided by their employer.
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 (3 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.
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 Model Framework for Education Training and Professional Development in the Early Childhood Care and Education Sector, the NCCA Framework for Early Learning, the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education as well as the Child Care (Pre-School Services) Regulations, Aistear (Framework for Early Learning) and Siolta.
On successful completion of this three year programme, students may enter the one year add-on Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education.
The course is offered over three 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:
Work-based students will be required to carry out one retrospective project drawing on their previous experience of working in the childcare sector in lieu of a Year 2 placement. The Year 3 placement with a duration of one semester is an important opportunity for the linking of theory to practice and will normally be carried out by the student in their current workplace. Students will be required to complete a project which will document the application of Aistear, the Framework for Early Learning in an early years setting. Students will also be required to carry out an intervention which they will document and submit as a report and present to their peers.
Each student must undergo the ITB Garda vetting process. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, the Institute is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake specific parts of the programme. Without satisfactory Garda clearance, students will be unable to complete the work placement and thus will not be able to complete the programme or receive an award. All places on the Early Childhood and Education course are provisional and subject to the student obtaining satisfactory Garda vetting from the Central Garda Vetting Unit. If an applicant has Garda clearance with their existing employer this may be sufficient, subject to Institute review. In all cases, the Institute reserves the right to request a student to complete the ITB Garda Vetting process. The current legal minimum age for application for sole application for Garda vetting is 18 years of age.
In addition to Garda vetting a medical assessment and provision of personal references may be required in regard to suitability for working with children.
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