Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Early Years Care and 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. Through this course, you will learn how to support children’s strengths, interests and abilities, as well as appreciate the role of the family and society in the provision of education and care in their formative years.​

What will I experience?

The aim of this course is to equip graduates with the competencies necessary to become reflective early years care and education practitioners. You will gain an in-depth understandiing of child development, early learning theory and practice, and quality standards. You will learn how to critically appraise policies, procedures and principles in the early years care and education field.

On completion of this course, you will be able to design and deliver relevant curriculum activities, assume responsibility for decision-making, as well as independently conduct primary and secondary research. Our simulated early years setting will provide you with opportunities to practice, plan for the and support children’s interests and abilities. Students undertake 500 hours placement experience as part of this course.​

What opportunities might it lead to?

The Early Years Care and Education (ECCE) field in Ireland can look forward to an exciting, dynamic and challenging future. It requires well informed leaders who are competent and confident in terms of education, regulation, policy, advocacy etc. Graduates can expect to find employment as early years practitioners and pre-school educators responsible for working directly with young children. Other roles include that of team leader responsible for running an ECCE room and possibly after-school. Other roles may include an Early Years Quality Mentor.

As well as developing the core skills of providing education, care and support for young children, this programme develops the capacity to be an effective leader and manager in this rapidly changing sector. ​

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 may result in students being dismissed from the programme. Previous convictions, depending on their nature, could result in student dismissal from the programme.

This programme is also available on a part time basis.

Course Details

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

Grade H5 at higher level in two subjects, plus Grade O6/H7 in four other subjects in the Leaving Certificate. 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.

QQI A QQI level 5 award in any discipline is acceptable. However, applicants must hold one of the following modules: 5N1370 Social Studies, 5N1279 Human Growth and Development, 5N1770 Early Care and Education Practice, 5N1773 Early Childhood Education and Play OR 5N1786 Special Needs Assisting, and hold a Distinction grade in a minimum of three modules. ​

Course Structure

Year 1

Learning & Development for HE, Sociology for Early ​Years, Principles and Practices in the Early Years Setting, An Introduction to Curriculum in the Early Years, Foundations of Child Development, Creative Skills in Art and Drama in the Early Years, Personal Development and Leadership, Promoting Health, Wellbeing in Early Years, Placement Practice.

Year 2

Creative Skills and Play in the Early Years Setting, Social and Emotional Development of the Child, Early Childhood Law 1, Models of Education: Applying High Scope and Montessori in the Early Years Environment, Play and Physical Skills in the Early Years Setting, The Political Context of Chidhood, Language and Cognitive Development, Applied Curriculum in the Early Years: A Dialogic Approach, Practice Placement. ​

Year 3

Pedaogical Approaches, Early Years Social Policy, Business Management in the Early Years Setting, Second Language Acquisition, Children’s Rights - A Political Perspective, Introduction to Research Methods, Inclusion in the Early Years Setting, Early Childhood Law, Practice Placement.​

Year 4

Policy & Practice in the Early Years, Responding to Children with Additional Needs, Recreational & Creative Play, Leadership in the Early Years Setting, Research Project, Running your Own Early Years Business.​

Careers & Opportunities

Further Study

As a graduate of the programme, you will be eligible to progress to postgraduate programmes such as the M​A in Child and Youth Studies at the TUS Midlands Campus. Full details of all postgraduate programmes at TUS are contained in the postgraduate prospectus.

This honours degree provides routes, with additional study and experience into: Primary Teaching, Early Years Inspectorate, Mentoring.

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