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Early Childhood Education & CareCúram agus Oideachas Luath-Óige

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care  

Choice of Location Guaranteed, Blanchardstown OR Tallaght

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish

O6/H7/F2 or higher


QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award None

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. 

Additional Requirements

Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see

This is a sample timetable for Year 1, Semester 1 which gives an indication of class contact hours. Timetables are subject to change.  Up to date timetables will be provided on commencement. 


Course Description

If you’re interested in working with children and finding out how they develop and learn, are eager to study different cultures, languages and diversity in the world, and enthusiastic about making a difference in children’s lives, this course will suit you. It explores the varied approaches to early childhood education and care, including child development, child psychology, sociology of childhood, art, drama and music, equality, diversity and inclusion, language acquisition, health and well-being, and safeguarding children. You’ll gain insights into outdoor learning and risky play through our purpose-built outdoor classroom. You’ll be able to apply and adapt your learning in the realistic setting of our dedicated early-childhood practice room.

The course includes practical and creative projects, engaging in the local community, debates, presentations and reflective journals.

Work Placement

There are two 12-week work placements, in Year 2, Semester 1 and Year 3, Semester 1.

IT Requirements

Students on this course will be required to have a medium spec computer/laptop (i.e. able to run Win 10, an AV solution and Office comfortably. It should be able to use Wi-fi and camera in order to attend online classes, and use other software such as SPSS, Adobe Connect; e.g. Latitude 5510; Latitude 5410;

Please search for the TU Dublin offer on the HEA website

Early Childhood Education & Care Educator in:

  • Pre-schools
  • Crèches
  • Montessori
  • Primary Schools
  • Community Centres
  • Early Intervention Project
  • Establish your own Business

On successful completion, you’ll be eligible to progress onto the final year of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care and Education.

TU Code


CAO Point Range 2023



Level 7


Bachelor of Arts


3 years

Number of Places

55 on each campus


Blanchardstown, Tallaght

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Progression Options

Years 1
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care (Level 7)
Years 2
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care (Level 7)
Years 3
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care (Level 7)
Year 4
Progress to the final year of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Education & Care (Level 8)