Bachelor Of Arts (Hons) In Early Years’ care and Education

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Years’ Education

Course Overview

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Why take this course?

A high level of quality care and education is essential to support children’s learning and development. The early years’ educator has a pivotal role in the provision of this quality care and education. The quality of the context; the quality of processes which support children’s learning and development; the quality of children’s experiences and achievements; and the quality of management and leadership in diverse early years’ settings, are identified in government policy as core elements. This course further develops your knowledge and skills to support children’s current strengths, interests and abilities within the sociocultural context of their lives.

What will I experience?

Successful completion of the Honours programme equips you to reflect on and critically evaluate provision of care and education for children 0-6 years; skills to promote and support professional development of ECCE educators, and knowledge of the value of research in ECCE.

Modules on this course, provide in-depth opportunities to study policy and practice-based learning, preparing you to work with children, families and outside agencies. Field trips, workshops and academic learning will help you to develop awareness and critical evaluation of policies and practices in a wide variety of early years’ settings.

Why study the course?

  • Apply advanced early childhood care and education knowledge and skills to be reflective and innovative practitioners.
  • Teaching and learning is modelled in relation to both the Irish and International practice in early years’ care and education
  • Lecturers delivering course content have real world and research expertise
  • Teaching focuses on application of theory and skill development, which will promote versatility for graduates future employment
  • Opportunities to progress to postgraduate level of study

What opportunities might it lead to?

As a graduate of this programme, you will be eligible to progress to postgraduate programmes such as the MA in Child and Youth Studies at AIT or an alternative postgraduate programme in another 3rd-level college. A Masters in Early Years’ is currently being developed (for delivery in September 2018). Full details of all postgraduate programmes at AIT are contained in the postgraduate prospectus.

Additional Information

Programme Delivery

This programme is delivered in a blended format whereby students attend online classes each Thursday plus face to face classes at AIT on Saturday dates noted above


Please note: Institute induction is on Saturday 12 January 2019 from 9.30am to 1.00pm. Attendance on that date is compulsory

Course Details

Course Duration:
1 Year
Course Award:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Dept of Social Science
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts in Early Years’ Care and Education Level 7 or an equivalent Level 7 qualification.

Course Structure

Year 1

Policy & Practice in the Early Years, Business for Early Years, Responding to Children with Additional Needs, Recreational & Creative Play, Leadership in the Early Years’ Setting, Research Project.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

On completion of this programme, you will be able to apply advanced early years’ care and education knowledge and skills to be a reflective and innovative practitioner. Your capacity to be an effective leader and manager in a rapidly changing sector will also be developed. You will learn how to critically appraise policies, procedures and principles in the early years’ care and education field. You will learn how to design and deliver relevant curriculum activities, assume responsibility for decision-making, as well as independently and ethically conduct primary and secondary research.

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