Portobello InstituteBA (Hons) Early Childhood Care & Education

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Care & Education

€ 3295
8 months
Level 8 QQI, Third Level and CAO
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

Course Details
If you hold a Level 7 BA (Ord) degree in Early Childhood Studies you can top up your degree to a Level 8 BA (Hons) Early Childhood Care & Education. Depending on when you start, it will take just 8 – 10 months through blended learning. This final year course consists of an individual research project with one to one tutor support.

If you hold a Level 7 BA (Ord) degree in Early Childhood Studies you can top up your degree to a Level 8 BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies in just 10 months through blended learning.

In this final year of the Level 8 degree, you will complete an individual research project by carrying out a systematic investigation of a topic related to the early year’s sector. The project provides you with opportunities to improve your critical thinking and research skills. Students on this programme refine their academic writing and communication skills as well as getting the opportunity to investigate in detail a topic or area in their current practice that interests them. This award is also listed with the DCEDIY (formerly Dept. of Children and Youth Studies) for higher capitation purposes.

At the early stages of the programme, you will attend three tutorials that help you prepare for the project, understand how to work with academic literature, select suitable research methods, address ethical concerns and most importantly formulate the questions which they will try and answer in their research.  While the project involves a lot of independent studies, each student is assigned an individual supervisor who provides guidance and mentorship throughout the research and write up process.

Completing a research project is a valuable learning experience that has lasting benefits for learners’ personal and professional development.

Why should I study this course?
In Ireland there is an obvious need for well-qualified, graduate-level, early childhood practitioners working with young children and their families across all sectors in Ireland: play, care, health and education. However up-skilling to honours degree level whilst working full-time can prove extremely difficult, the physical time required to attend class and the related costs can simply prove to be a difficult commitment to make. Portobello Institute recognises those challenges by delivering this programme through a blended learning model with recognition of prior learning for previously achieved qualifications. Students have the opportunity to still pursue this academic route and achieve an Honours Degree in Early Childhood Care & Education, opening up the opportunity to progress to a Masters in Early Childhood Studies.

Studying this world-class degree in the intimate and supportive environment offered by Portobello Institute is a unique opportunity for students. The Institute are renowned for extensive student support.  We offer small intimate environments, provision of draft assignments and formative feedback prior to submission, individual module tutors and the support of a Programme Manager to ensure the smooth running of the programme and enhance the learning experience to each of our students throughout their academic journey.

Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care & Education. This is awarded at level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK

The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement.


What is Blended Learning?

It is very suited to you if you are working full-time with limited spare time yet you want to achieve your degree qualification. During the induction workshop, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal, “ePortobello”. Here you will find course notes, reading lists, podcasts, articles of interest and guidelines for completing your thesis. The content is structured in an easy to “find and follow” format. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document.

You will be assigned a tutor who will supervise your research and support you on a one to one basis through to completion of your dissertation. You can email queries, submit drafts and call your tutor for general guidance at any stage of this programme. Blended learning allows you to study at your time with support available throughout your learning journey.

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