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Early Childhood Education & CareCúram agus Oideachas Luath-Óige

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

Choice of Location Guaranteed, Blanchardstown OR Tallaght

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of




 2 H5's

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 A distinction in 3 modules is required

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

Additional Requirements

Garda Vetting through TU Dublin Required – see

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. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.0 overall (or equivalent).

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. 


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. In Year 4, you’ll can specialise in areas such as Creative Interventions; Children's Rights; Curriculum Design, and Leadership, Management and Mentoring.

The course includes practical and creative projects, engaging in the local community, debates, presentations and reflective journals. The course will develop your competencies across key national and international frameworks.

This course is approved by the Qualifications Advisory Board (instituted to review Level 7 and Level 8 degree courses for the Early Learning and Care Sector) as meeting the requirements of the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines standards.

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 Care and Education Educator in:

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

Please note, there is no advanced entry to this course.

The best thing about this course is the strong link between practice and theory. There is a specific room set up to resemble an early years classroom which is regularly used in different modules. In Year 2 and Year 3 students go on work placement for 12 weeks. During this time students are able to practice what they have been learning and talking about in college. Placement also provides students with the experience of working in early childhood settings in many different areas.

On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin or elsewhere.

TU Code


CAO Point Range 2023



Level 8


Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places

55 on each campus


Blanchardstown, Tallaght

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Non-EU Fees

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Progression Options

Years 1-4
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education & Care (Level 8)
On graduation, you may continue to postgraduate study at TU Dublin, or elsewhere.