Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Childhood Education & Care CW028

  • NFQ Level 8
  • CW028
  • 30
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  • 3 Years
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What is the Course about?

Children learn and grow when provided with experiences that enable them to feel confident about their place in the world. Students of this course become professional early years educators and develop their knowledge, skills and experience in a range of areas such as children’s play, creative studies, child development, pedagogy, special needs and social policy.

A supervised work placement in a variety of settings enables students to integrate theory into practice. As supervised work placement brings students into direct contact with children and/or vulnerable adults, offers for the course are conditional and may be withdrawn subject to Garda vetting.

The design and content of the course enables students to become professional, reflective practitioners with an integrated approach to early childhood education and care.

Special Features:

  • Innovative practice-led course where students learn how to combine theory and practice and to develop as reflective practitioners.
  • Active learning environment achieved through lectures, seminars, workshops, enquiry-based learning with children’s learning materials.
  • Supervised placements in a variety of early years settings is a key element of the course allowing students to learn from practice as well as theory.

What follow-on study opportunities are available?

Graduates may go on to postgraduate study in primary education or a Research Masters in early childhood education and care or Taught Masters in Child, Youth and Family Studies at Institute of Technology Carlow.

What exemptions will I receive?




What will I be able to do when I finish the course?

Graduates have the skills to manage and operate at the level of experienced
practitioner according to the Model Framework for Education, Training and Professional Development for the early childhood education and care sector. Graduates are able to work with, or on behalf of young people in a range of settings as managers, directors, coordinators or leaders such as: pre-schools; crèches; special needs services; family support centres and community services in the statutory, voluntary, community, private sectors, government agencies and public agencies.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

Leaving Certificate

  • 2H5 & 4O6/H7

Subjects required

  • English or Irish O6/H7

For Further Information Contact

Programme Director
Lillian Byrne
BA (Hons), Applied Social Studies (Social Care), MA