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Early Childhood Education & Care (BA (Hons), L8, 60 ECTS)

Status: Closed




2 Years


Applied Social Sciences

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



The aim of this flexible, blended learning programme is to provide students with the opportunity to enhance and develop their overall professional early years practice. The programme encourages the development of one’s knowledge to lead and manage quality inclusive early years education and care practice. There is an emphasis on the enhancement of play both within the indoor and outdoor learning environments. A specific focus of the programmes includes fostering a comprehensive understanding of partnership working with children, families and communities. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on their own professional practice throughout the programme.


What are the entry requirements?

A Level 7 Ordinary degree in a cognate discipline or equivalent qualification


Who can I contact?

What modules will I study?


  • Leadership and Change Management

  • Advancing Outdoor Learning in Early Years

  • Child Family and Community

  • The Early Years Professional

  • Management and Governance in ECEC

  • Transitions in the Early Years

  • Therapeutic Play For ECEC

  • Problem Based Action research


What are the career prospects?

Completing the BA Early Years Education and Care Level 8 offers students the opportunity to explore a variety  of employment opportunities within the early years education and care sector. Roles may evolve and continue to develop within statutory and voluntary organisations organisations. Students may also consider pursuing further research and postgraduate study opportunities .

More Information


This programme will be run over two academic years. The proposed commencement date for Year 1 is 18th September 2021 with a half day induction on the Thurles campus. The programme will be delivered using a mix of online delivery and classroom based workshops. There will be approximately 4 Saturday workshops per semester alternating between Thurles and Limerick, dates for workshops will be confirmed prior to induction.


The assessment will include a variety  of  methods  these include, written, assignments, portfolios, skills demonstration and possible an exam. A Problem Based Learning Action Research Project  will also  be part  of the part of the programme.


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 8, 60 ECTS)

Application Deadline

Monday 6th September 2021

For queries relating to course content

Contact: Aoife Prendergast


Course Fees

The fee for this programme is €2,400 per annum.

This programme has secured Skillnet funding through County Tipperary Skillnet.

For part funding requests please contact:

County Tipperary Skillnet - Sabrina Guida at or 052 619110

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Information Session Early Childhood Education & Care (LIT)

To access the information session click on Information-Session-Early-Childhood-Education-Care-(LIT)-20210519_180526-Meeting-Recording-(3).mp4



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