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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
2019 Points: 230
Award title: Bachelor of Arts
Credits for Full Award: 120 @ NFQ Level 6, 60 @ NFQ Level 7
Awarding Body:                         Technological University Dublin 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...

Louise Lowry ITBDublin

" 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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