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BSc Hons in Early Childhood Studies - advanced entry

Course Type: CAO and Third Level
Institute Name: Portobello Institute
Fee: on request
Course Locations: Dublin City Centre
Application Deadline: Course Runs Regularly

Course Details

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies (Full time option)

The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU) was one of the first such degrees in the UK. In Ireland, there is an obvious need for well-qualified early childhood specialists working with young children and their families across all sectors: play, care, health and education. Portobello Institute is LMU's only Irish accredited centre for Early Childhood studies.

Through this partnership, we offer students the opportunity to access some of the world’s leading research and thinking in the early years sector. Portobello Institute has mapped the learning outcomes of this honours degree to the learning outcomes of the latest award from Fetac - the Level 6 in Early Years Care and Education.  This award now forms the first year of this degree giving students the opportunity to gain 2 recognised qualifications in 3 years.  Holders of the BA (hons) in Early Childhood Studies award will be eligible to gain the higher capitation grant from the DCYA (Dept. of Children and Youth Studies) for their role in an early childhood centre.

This course is delivered full time over 3 years.  A key feature of this programme is its emphasis on practical knowledge and the development of professional, as well as academic, skills and knowledge.

Course Overview

The focus of the course is the study of play, development and learning in children from birth to six years old in a socio-cultural context and the implications of this for practice in early childhood settings. A range of local and international perspectives are taken including: children's rights, children's health and well-being, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion. The course therefore draws on a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy, education and health. The course emphasises the links between theory and practice and highly values the development of professional as well as academic skills and knowledge.

The course equips you to implement effective practice with children and families in a range of situations and to act as an advocate for their rights and well-being. The course team includes writers and researchers at the forefront of the field who are passionately committed to enabling, empowering and enthusing students to make transformational changes to their own lives and to the lives of children, families and communities.

Qualifications Gained
•BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies
•Fetac Level 6 in Early Childhood Studies Major Award

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.  Acceptance to full time course is interview based.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 3 years

Course Aims
•Develop the professional competence of those who work with young children and their families, meeting local and national workforce development regulations.
•Enable students to develop insights and understandings relating to how children and childhood are understood from a range of academic and professional perspectives.
•Facilitate the development of early childhood specialists to reflect upon and critically assess their own practice; the legislative and historical framework in which they work and to take a well-informed part in current debates in the field, thereby acting as advocates in the field.
•Enable students to recognise their strengths, capabilities and experience as professionals to meet required early childhood care and education professional standards.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Early Childhood Studies Degree undertake a variety of career paths in the education, health and social-care fields. There is a current need for well-trained graduates who can quickly move up to more senior roles in Child Care Centres and other early childhood care and education settings. Holders of this award will also be eligible to gain the higher capitation grant from the DCYA (currently at €72.50) for their role in an early childhood centre.

Some students go on to specialise in a particular area such as Special Educational Needs, while others go on to take up advisory posts in local authorities or government departments. Students may continue their professional studies to Masters level.

 Progression Routes

Students are encouraged to enroll for continuous professional development programmes opening access to the next academic level such as masters or other post graduate study (e.g Primary Teaching alternative routes)

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