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

Status: Register your interest for Sept 2024




2 Years


Sport & Early Childhood Studies

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


TBC for 24-25

The programme will run over two academic years and uses a blended learning approach of 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 a possible exam. A Problem Based Learning Action Research Project will also be part of the programme.


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

Application Deadline

TBC for 24-25

For queries relating to course content

Contact: Aoife Prendergast


Course Fees

TBC for 24-25

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