Early Childhood Education & Care

Limerick Institute of Technology


Course Name Early Childhood Education & Care
Course Provider Limerick Institute of Technology
Course Code LC393
Course Type Higher Education CAO
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Degree - Honours Bachelor (Level 8 NFQ)  More info... Major Limerick Institute of Technology Level 8 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time, Daytime
Location (Districts) Limerick City
Qualification Letters BA (Hons)
Duration 4 years including work placement

Class Contact Hours: 19-21 hours per week (depending on year)

Leaving Certificate Entry Requirements

Expand+Leaving Certificate: A minimum of 2 H5 & 4 O6/H7 grades in six Leaving Certificate subjects, including Mathematics and English or Irish. Foundation Level Mathematics at grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this ...

Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme LCVP Students apply through the CAO in the normal way. The LCVP module will be considered as a passing module provided the learner achieves at least a pass grade. This will apply to entry for Honours Degree (NFQ Level 8), Ordinary Degree (NFQ Level 7) and Higher Certificate (NFQ Level 6)Programmes. With the introduction of the new Leaving Certificate grades, points will be awarded for LCVP Link Modules as follows:

Pass 28 points
Merit 46 points
Distinction 66 points
Leaving Certificate Applied Programme LCAP The LCA subjects do not meet the minimum entry requirements for admission to academic programmes at LIT and are not considered passing subjects.

Holders of the Leaving Certificate Applied programme may wish to undertake a QQI FET programme in order to gain eligibility for entry to third level programmes at LIT.
QQI FET Applicants General Information

LIT accepts QQI-FET/FETAC awards for entry on all programmes of study. The following minimum entry requirements will apply to graduates of QQI-FET/FETAC qualifications who are seeking admission to programmes at Limerick Institute of Te...

QQI FET Entry Requirements Web Page - Click Here
Mature Applicants

Expand+Non-Standard/Mature Applications
EU Nationals aged 23 before 1st January 2019 that wish to make a non-standard application:

Please ensure you indicate the nature of your case on your application to the CAO before February 1st. The Institute may a...

Alternative Entry

Expand+Non-Standard Applications
A non-standard application refers to applicants who are required to provide additional information when applying to CAO. The main categories of non-standard applicants are:

• Mature applicants
• GCE/GCSE applicants

Higher Education Access Route HEAR Web Page - Click Here
Disability Access Route to Education DARE Web Page - Click Here
Course Fee

Expand+Tuition Fees
Most full time undergraduate students are covered by the “Irish Government Free Fees scheme” for the tuition fee. Under this scheme, the government (HEA) pays tuition fees for full-time, non-repeat undergraduate students from Irelan...

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Financial Support Students can apply through the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) for a grant to cover this Student Contribution Fee. The student grant application system is an “online application system” and is accessed at www.susi.ie.

To assist all applicants, there is a SUSI Support Desk -
Email: support@susi.ie; Tel: 0761 08 7874.
CAO Application Dates and Fees

Expand+Early online application (discounted): Fee €30 Closing Date: 20th January 2019 at 5:15pm

Normal online application: Fee €45 Closing Date: 1st February 2019 at 5:15pm

Late online application - restrictions apply: Fee: €60 Closing Date: 1st...

Course Content

Expand+What is the programme about?
Children require high-quality education and care during their formative years to reach their potential and this is the focus of this degree programme. The programme is structured to enable participants to become profess...

Subjects Taught

Expand+Year 1:
Semester 1: Psychology of Child Development in the early years 1, Emotional Intelligence and Self Awareness in the early years, Child and Health Care Needs, Academic Skills for Third Level, Fundamentals of early years Education, Regulation ...

Careers or Further Progression What can I do after the Programme?
Graduates may find employment as early childhood educators and managers in a variety of early years settings in the private and community sectors. Graduates on similar programmes in this area have also gone on to postgraduate studies in Ireland, UK, Australia in areas including: speech and language therapy, equality studies, legal studies, child and family community studies, applied behaviour analysis, Montessori and adult and community education.
Further Enquiries Contact: Cathy Jones (Limerick)
Email: cathy.jones@lit.ie
Web: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC393

Contact: Ms. CatherineAnn O’Connell,
Programme Leader (Thurles)
Email: catherineann.oconnell@lit.ie
Web: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC401

Contact: Ms. Aoife Prendergast,
Programme Leader (Ennis)
Email: aoife.prendergast@lit.ie
Web: www.lit.ie/Courses/LC613
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Points History
Year Points
2019 270