Early Childhood Care & Education Level 5

Early Childhood Care & Education

Level 5

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 QQI Level 5 (5M2009)P1070035

The aim of this course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills for entry into a career in Childcare.

Course content:

Mandatory components:

    • Child Development (5N1764)
    • Early Care & Education Practice (5N1770)
    • Early Childhood Education & Play (5N1773)
    • Child Health & Wellbeing (5N1765)
    • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Communications (5N0690)

Elective components:

Two components from the following list will be selected by the college subject to availability

    • Special Needs Assisting (5N1786)
    • Word Processing (5N1358)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)

Course duration:DSCF7374

Part-time: 2 years (2 days per week, 4 components each year).

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate / Leaving Certificate Applied or QQI/ FETAC Level 4. Mature students with relevant life or work experience. All candidates will be interviewed individually. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to take an assessment in English to establish the most suitable level of study for them.

Work Experience:

Work Experience is a compulsory part of the course. Students will follow the QQI Work Experience module and will spend one day a week on a work experience placement. Garda clearance is required and will be organised through the college.


QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care & Education.


Successful completion of the course will enable learners to enter employment in the Early Years Services such as Crèches and Pre-schools, or to progress to further study at QQI Level 6 or Third Level through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Successful students from the course have gained full-time and part-time employment in a variety of Early Years services and have progressed to study at Level 6 and at Third Level institutions.

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