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This specific 1 year course is aimed at those who already hold the ECCE full major award qualification and are looking to further their skills in Early Childhood Studies.  Holders of the BA Level 7 ordinary degree 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.

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.

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. There is also a strong focus on the links between theory and practice and highly values the development of professional as well as academic skills and knowledge.

Qualification Gained

BA (Ord) Degree in Early Childhood Studies- Level 7

Entry Requirements

Direct application with the college.  Learners must already hold a QQI Level 6 award to gain advanced entry onto year 2 of this programme.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Portobello Institute has mapped the learning outcomes of the awards listed below thereby gaining recognition of prior learning (RPL) with LMU for students holding the following qualifications:

• QQI Level 6 Early Years Care & Education

• QQI Level 6 Advanced Supervision in Childcare

Payment Option

Payment must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payment can be paid directly with the college. Please call Jenny Matteazzi to arrange payment or discuss a payment plan of 8 payments on  01 892 0040.  Please note payment made online will take a €50 deposit only.  The full balance must be paid direct with the college.

Course structure

This is a full time course

Course Content

  • Creative Thinking and Representation - 15 credits
  • Communicating in a Multilingual context - 15 credits
  • Challenging Inequalities - 30 credits
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development - 30 credits
  • Approaches to Pedagogy - 30 credits

Progression Route

Learners can opt to complete 1 more year to achieve a Level 8 BA (hons) degree

What London Metropolitan say

Vicky Mummery , Head of Early Childhood, Education and Society, London Metropolitan University - "We have been working closely with Portobello Institute for over 2 year and in this time they have been committed and extremely professional in their approach to developing a good quality learning experience. Their students are a credit to them and are very complimentary about the support they receive from the teaching team in order to achieve success".


Name: BA (Ord) Early Childhood

Cost: 4896 Euro

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Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • Oct -May 2018
  • 9am - 4.30pm (times may vary day to day)

Additional Course Costs

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  • Certificate fee: £195