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BA (Ord) Early Childhood Studies - Full Time

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Approx 1 Year


Degree Level 7


Awarding Body

Start Date

Start Date
October 2019

BA (Ord) Early Childhood Studies - Full Time

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.

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

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

This is a full time programme.

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 0031.  Please note payment made online will take a €50 deposit only.  The full balance must be paid direct with the college.

Course price €4896 per year

Registration fee £230 (years 2 & 3)

Materials  approx €75 per year


01 892 0031

We are delighted to share just some of the success stories from happy graduates reaching their ultimate goals to completing a degree in Early Childhood studies.


Natasha Murphy    Kate Walsh  


The tutors and staff at Portobello have been and still are my backbone. Every single email and cry is answered. They really want the best for each student and it shows in how they work with each individual.

Frankie Cullen, BA (Hons)

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EYEC-F-DS-OC-19 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

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