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BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies - Advanced entry Yr 2 - Full-time

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October 2020

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies - Advanced entry Yr 2 - Full-time

We are working remotely and are available to support you with any queries you have - please email Jenny at or call her on 01-8920031.  We are conducting interviews by Skype at this time.

Our academic delivery teams are all also working remotely and are supporting our students to continue with their studies through online learning or to get started for those just commencing their learning journey.  

Holders of the QQI level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education Major award can apply for advanced entry to year 2 of this full-time or blended learning honours degree. If studying full-time, you will complete 2 years study and gain a level 8 honours degree -  BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU). If studying by blended learning - you will study for 14 months and achieve a level 7 BA (Ord) Early Childhood Studies degree - click here for more information on this route.

Through this partnership with LMU, we offer students the opportunity to access some of the world’s leading research and thinking in the early years sector. Holders of this BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies award will be eligible to gain the higher capitation grant from the DCYA (Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs) for their role in an early childhood centre.

This course is delivered full time over 2 years.  A key feature of this programme is its emphasis on practical knowledge and the development of professional, as well as academic, skills and knowledge.

What will I learn?

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. The course emphasises the links between theory and practice and highly values the development of professional as well as academic skills and knowledge.

The course equips you to implement effective practice with children and families in a range of situations and to act as an advocate for their rights and well-being. The course team includes writers and researchers at the forefront of the field who are passionately committed to enabling, empowering and enthusing students to make transformational changes to their own lives and to the lives of children, families and communities.

BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies

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. Further guidance on this framework is available here. 

Advanced entry to second year of this full-time degree is available to holders of QQI level 6 in Early Childhood Care & Education or equivalent. Apply directly to Portobello Institute with a copy of your transcript.

This is a full time programme delivered over 2 academic years. Each year is strcutured between contact tuition, thesis supervision and practical placement. You can expect to be in college for 3 days per week and on placement for 2 days per week in year 2. Time in class is reduced in year 3 to allow you time to complete your thesis.

There are 10 modules covered during this programme. Detailed below are each of the modules and the learning outcomes you will achieve.

Approaches to Pedagogy and Curriculum (30)

1.   Critically analyse aspects of early childhood curricula in relation to theories of learning and pedagogy and relate this to practice in their settings

2.   Describe, analyse and constructively critique a range of perspectives on early childhood education in this and some other countries

3.   Identify the relationship between the history of early childhood provision and its present form

4.   Articulate the practitioner’s role in planning and implementing a broad and balanced, child-centred curriculum indoors, outdoors and beyond the early childhood setting


Enquiry-based Learning (30)

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of enquiry-based learning and identify how this relates to practice in early childhood.
2. Describe, analyse and constructively critique pedagogical and theoretical perspectives on enquiry based learning
3. Analyse and evaluate enquiry based learning theory and research in the light of current issues.
4. Apply and evaluate methods of small scale enquiry practice including planning and the appropriate collection, analysis and presentation data


Challenging Inequalities in Early Childhood (15)

Demonstrate knowledge of legislation and official guidance in the area of equalities and special educational needs and identify how these relate to ethical practice in early childhood. 

Describe and analyse the ways in which inequalities may impact on babies, young children, families and staff within the early years setting.

Examine and evaluate their own practice in addressing inequalities and ensuring access to the full curriculum for all children.


Children’s Rights in Today’s World (15)

Evaluate current debates on the sociological and socio-legal theories and concepts of childhood and children’s rights in relation to the UN  Convention of the Rights of the Child

 Articulate how relevant legislation and codes of practice impact the varied childhoods experienced by children in the minority and majority world

Critically consider the rights and responsibilities of people/agencies concerned in the planning and provision of care, education, health, welfare and advocacy of children and young people


Communicating in Multilingual Contexts (15)

Describe, analyse and constructively critique current research and theories of language acquisition and communication in children from birth to six years old

Identify and discuss the ways in which children may be supported in the development of their first language whilst acquiring English

Articulate the role of the family, practitioners, other adults and peers in the communication, linguistic and representational competence of babies and young children.

Plan, execute and evaluate  practice and provision that effectively addresses linguistic and symbolic diversity


Early Years Learning and Practice Frameworks (15)

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the underpinning policy, and principles of the Irish frameworks, guidelines and regulations both nationally and internationally.
2. Examine, plan and evaluate one aspect of the curricula and make links to principles endorsed in frameworks, guidelines and regulations.

3. Examine the role of early years’ practitioners in providing an enabling inclusive environment and in scaffolding children’s learning and development.


Leading Practice with Children Families and Professionals (30)

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Discuss and evaluate the impact of their role in developing and leading effective practice

2. Critically evaluate provision and practice and how it impacts on the development and well-being of babies and young children

3. Describe, analyse and constructively critique legislation, social policies, and research related to partnership between young children (0-6), families and professionals

4. Describe, analyse and constructively critique the theory and practice of leadership when supporting teams in promoting high quality provision


Debating Children and Childhood (15)

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Analyse different social constructions of childhood.
2. Critically discuss relevant aspects of global, political, cultural, historical, and economic contexts of early childhood.
3. Consider the impact of inequalities on young children’s lives.
4. Critically evaluate contemporary debates in relation to early childhood.


Reading research and research methods (15)

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

1. Describe, analyse and constructively critique the major research methodologies used in the field of Early Childhood Studies
2. Apply ethics in relation to research
3. Understand a range of research methods and approaches and be able to articulate when to use them
4. Be able to critique existing research in the early childhood field

What are the assessments?

Assessments for this degree are not exam based. Instead the assessments vary from practice based assignments to lessons plans. We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your every day practice.

The aims of this course include:

Develop the professional competence of those who work with young children and their families, meeting local and national workforce development regulations.

Enable students to develop insights and understandings relating to how children and childhood are understood from a range of academic and professional perspectives.

Facilitate the development of early childhood specialists to reflect upon and critically assess their own practice; the legislative and historical framework in which they work and to take a well-informed part in current debates in the field, thereby acting as advocates in the field.

Enable students to recognise their strengths, capabilities and experience as professionals to meet required early childhood care and education professional standards.

Course fee is €4896 (Per Year)

Registration Fee:  €350

Payment - 40% of course fees due upon acceptance, balance and protection for learners fee due on 25th August 2020.

Easy Payment Plan

Acceptance of place - 40% = €2,076

Balance in to 3 instalments of 20% equal to €1,038 due 25th August, 25th November & 25th January 2021.

Instalment fee payable - €295 spread across 4 payments, included in figures detailed above

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


Natasha Murphy   Claire Byrne


Claire celebrated her ongoing dedication from her Level 6 to Honours Degree at our 2017 Graduation in Croke Park.

I absolutely loved every single moment in Portobello and the support was fantastic from the staff and the tutors. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their guidance and support. Full story

Claire Byrne

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Course Code Location & Info Price
EYH2-AF-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

19/10/20 - 07/05/21
Exact Schedule issued October 2020
€4896 Book Now
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