Bachelor of Arts Early Years Care and Education

Bachelor of Arts in Early Years Care and Education

Course Overview

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  • US780

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

On this course, you will learn to make a difference to the lives of babies and young children by understanding how they develop and learn. You will learn how to meet the needs of children, and to understand the role of the family and society.

The programme promotes a child-centered approach to care and education, taking account of physical, educational and emotional needs of babies and young children.

What will I experience?

The aim of the level 7 degree programme is to equip you with the theory and hands-on experience and practical skills required to provide quality support for children’s development (0-6 years). You will experience the variety of the early years’ sector through placements in different early-years’ settings, thus providing the opportunity to link classroom learning with work-based practice. The primary curricula and quality frameworks used in all early years’ settings are Aistear curriculum framework and Síolta quality framework (

The programme takes account of wider policy developments, which highlight the importance of both care and education for pre-school children. The simulated early years’ setting in the AIT early years’ lab and module assignments will provide you with opportunities to plan for and supports children’s interests and abilities. You will study the influence of the family and society on child development. Throughout the duration of the course, you will develop knowledge and understanding of the value and ways of working with parents, and of inter-professional collaboration to support the best interests of children.

You can expect development in the following areas:

    • Academic development
    • Skill development
    • Professional development
    • Personal development

Key Points:

    • Students develop an understanding of children’s (0-6 years) health, welfare and development through integration of theory and practice
    • Over the course of the three year programme, students undertake a minimum of 500 hours practical placement in a working environment offering care and education for the preschool child (0-6 years)

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

    • Understand the importance of child development; education and play; the social environment; communication, management and administration and personal and professional development in diverse early years’ settings;
    • Plan and implement learning opportunities which supports the diverse needs of children (0-6 years);
    • Apply the knowledge gained from your degree to promote the importance of quality education and care provision

What opportunities might it lead to?

Graduates from this programme are eligible to apply to join TUS’s one year add-on Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Years’ Care and Education. As a graduate you can reasonably be expected to work as an Early Years’ Educator (various roles such as Assistant, Room Leader, Assistant Manager, Manager) in full day crèche settings, part-time, sessional (ECCE), afterschool, breakfast club, naíonraí (with Irish language); parent and toddler groups and drop in care settings. Curricula approaches most frequently identified in early years’ settings, which incorporate the Aistear curriculum framework and Síolta quality framework, are Montessori, HighScope and play-based. There may also be opportunities to work in outdoor preschools/Forest Schools. This role may include such responsibilities as the development and evaluation of programmes of care and education which support learning and development; to work as part of a team to develop quality improvement strategies to enhance the quality of experience for all children and staff.

Additional Information

National Vetting Bureau:

All students on this programme will undertake National Vetting Bureau procedures prior to commencing their work placement. Failure to disclose previous convictions will result in students being dismissed from the programme. Previous convictions, depending on their nature, could result in student dismissal from the programme.

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Course Details

Course Duration:
3 Years
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Cut Off CAO Points:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Social Science
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade 06 at ordinary level in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate examination. Two of these subjects must be Mathematics and a language (English or Irish). Note: An FL2 in Foundation Level Mathematics will be accepted as meeting the minimum Mathematics requirements for entry to this course. Mature applicants are not required to meet the minimum entry requirements. However, an interview may form part of the selection process.


Up to 15 places are reserved for FETAC students. Any QQI Level 5 qualification is acceptable. Applicants, however, must hold one of the following awards: 5N1370 Social Studies / 5N1279 Human Growth and Development / 5N1770 Early Care and Education Practice / 5N1765 Child Health and Wellbeing / 5N2705 Care Provision and Practice / 5N1764 Child Development / 5N1773 Early Childhood Education and Play / 5N1786 Special Needs Assisting.

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Course Structure

Year 1

Principles and Practices of the ECEC Sector, Developing Academic Practice and Autonomy, Introduction to Relational Pedagogy in ECEC, Early Childhood Developmental Psychology, Contexts of Early Childhood, Creative Skills for ECEC, Promoting Positive Health & Wellbeing in ECEC, Working Collaboratively with Parents and relevant stakeholders in an ECEC setting, Outdoor Pedagogy, ECEC Social Policy, Introduction to Inclusive Policy and Practice in the ECEC setting.

Year 2

Making Learning Visible: Multimodal Approaches to Literacy in ECEC, Introduction to the Regulatory Context for ECEC, Personal Reflection for Practice (PRP), Applied Pedagogy & Curriculum in ECEC, Preparation for Practice Placement 1, Child Health and Well Being: Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in the ECEC Setting, Children’s Rights and Advocacy, Language Acquisition, Applied Inclusive Practice in the ECEC Setting, Professional Practice Placement 2

Year 3

Professional Practice Placement 3, Introduction to Research Methodology and Practice, Law for the Early Childhood Educator, Therapeutic Recreational and Creative Play Intervention in ECEC, Teamwork and Group Dynamics in an ECEC Setting, Business Management & Enterprise in ECEC

Careers & Opportunities

Work Placement

Students experience the variety of the early years’ sector through placements in different early years’ settings, thus providing the opportunity to link classroom learning with work- based practice.

Further Study

As a graduate of the Level 7 programme, students will be eligible to progress to the Level 8 BA (Hons) in Early Years’ Care and Education.

An Honours Degree provides routes, with additional study/experience (in addition to the above) into:

  • Primary school teaching
  • Early Years’ Inspectorate
  • Mentoring

Bachelor Of Arts (Hons) In Early Years Care and Education

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

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