• » Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education

    Programme Title  Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education
    CAO Code  LY907
    LYIT internal code  LY_NECCE_D
    Duration  3 Years ab initio
    Standard Code Places:  24
    Mature Applicants Places:  2
    Foundation Places:  2
    FETAC Places:  2 (FETAC quota considered on round zero only)
    National Framework Level  7
    Award Type  Major
    Awarding Body  LYIT, under Delegated Authority from HETAC
    Is this Programme for Me?
    This programme may suit those who wish to pursue an interesting and worthwhile career in early childhood care and education. Applicants should have:
    • An interest in acquiring the skills necessary to engage in the care and education of infants and young children from a wide variety of the social spectrum;
    • A capacity to analyse problems and apply solutions based on best practice;
    • Good communication skills;
    • An interest in working with and contributing to the physical, psychological, social and educational needs of infants and young children.
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Entry to the course will be via normal CAO Applications Processes. The course will be available to applicants who meet the following criteria:
    Standard Code applicants must have passed at least 5 Leaving Certificate Subjects, including the following subjects:
    • English or Irish at 0D3 or higher (not Foundation Level Irish).
    • Leaving Cert Maths: 0rdinary level at grade D3 or better, or Higher Level at grade E or better or Foundation maths at grade B2 or higher
    • At least 3 other subjects at 0D3 or higher.

    Or

    Have equivalent international qualifications to those outlined above. The minimum entry requirements may be accumulated from more than one sitting of the Leaving Certificate or an equivalent examination. All applicants who meet the minimum requirements or who are taking the correct combination of subjects in the Leaving Certificate, or an equivalent examination are eligible to apply and will be ranked and selected on points.
    For information on how overseas examinations are assessed see: scoring
    Or
    Have obtained a full FETAC Childcare Award at level 5: DCHSC Childcare, including distinctions in at least three of the following modules:
    • D20153 Working in Childcare
    • D20159 Caring for Children
    • D20005 Child Development
    • D20007 Early Childhood Education

    Or

    Have obtained a full FETAC Childcare Award at level 6: DCXXX Childcare.

    Alternatively

    The following Applicants may apply directly to the admissions office in LYIT for entry to year 2
    • FETAC level 5 in DCH + CACHE
    • FETAC DCXXX Childcare (level 6)
    FETAC Quota
    A quota of 2 places is reserved for those presenting FETAC results.
    All applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements or who are taking the correct combination of subjects in the Leaving Certificate or an equivalent Examination are eligible to apply through the COA and will be ranked and selected on points.
    FETAC applicants click
    N.B. Garda Clearance
    Offer of places on this programme is subject to Garda Clearance. This is in accordance with the Child Care (Pre-school Services) Regulations (2006). The Institute will apply a similar process to that of other programmes requiring Garda Clearance.
    What will I have to study?
    Year/Semester Proposed Modules,
    subject to approval
    Mandatory/
    Elective
    No of credits Class hours per week
     1/1  Human Physiology & Health 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Introduction to Social And Behavioural Sciences Mandatory  5  5
     Learning to Learn Research And IT - 1 Mandatory  5  6
     Social Policy Mandatory  5  6
     Early Childcare Practice 1 Mandatory  5  6
     Work Placement Mandatory  5  30
     1/2  Human Physiology & Health 2 Mandatory  5  5
     Sociology And Lifespan Psychology Mandatory  5  5
     Learning to Learn Research And IT - 2 Mandatory  5  6
     Introduction to Early Childhood Studies Mandatory  5  6
     Early Childcare Practice 2 Mandatory  5  6
     Work Placement Mandatory  5  30
     2/3  Individual Differences Sociology And Law 1 Mandatory  5  5
     Primary Health Care Mandatory  5  6
     Child Health and Well-being 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Curriculum Studies 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Early Childcare Practice 3 Mandatory  5  5
     Work Placement Mandatory  5  30
     2/4  Individual Differences Sociology And Law 2 Mandatory  5  5
     Understanding Children's Behaviour Mandatory  5  4
     Pedagogy and Curriculum 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Curriculum Studies 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Early Childcare Practice 4 Mandatory  5  6
     Work Placement Mandatory  5  30
     3/5  Child Health and Well-being 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Applied Research Methods Mandatory  5  4
     Pedagogy and Curriculum 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Children and Family Studies 1 Mandatory  5  4
     Early Childcare Practice 5 Mandatory  5  4
     Work Placement Mandatory  5  30
     3/6  Healthcare Management Mandatory  5  4
     Children and Family Studies 2 Mandatory  5  4
     Developmental Psychology Mandatory  5  4
     First Aid Mandatory  5  5
     Early Childcare Practice 6 Mandatory  5  4
     Work Placement Mandatory  5  30
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course the graduate will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding in the following specialist areas and be able to apply this to the practice of early childhood care and education:
    • Biological & Related Sciences
    • Social & Behavioural Sciences
    • Child Health and Well-being
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Applied Research
    • Childcare Management
    Work Placement
    Work placement is an integral part of each semester and provides students with an opportunity to learn from experience through supervised practice. Experiential learning in this way provides opportunities to reflect on practice and to apply theory to practice. The work placement also provides the student with opportunities for observation and engagement in needs assessment, early childhood curriculum planning and implementation.
    Are there follow-up Programmes Available?
    On successful completion of this course it is anticipated that learners will have the opportunity to continue their studies to a level 8 Bachelor of Science (Hon) in Early Childhood Care, Health and Education.
    What are the job prospects?
    The childcare Act 1991 and ensuing regulation of early childhood care and education together with other national initiatives has created a strong demand for graduates of childcare studies who are able to work across traditional disciplinary and professional boundaries. Consequently, childcare and education is a rapidly expanding service that is providing career and further educational opportunities for graduates.
    The main employers are:
    • Private Sector Childcare Facilities such as crèches, nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools, homework clubs;
    • The Health Services – special needs services, family support services and community services
    • Primary Schools – classroom assistant;
    • Other Public Services – specialist advisor, researcher, social planning.
    This course begins in September each year.
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