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BA (Hons) in Early Childhood studies (Blended Learning)

Portobello Institute



The BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU) was one of the first such degrees in the UK. 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.

Through this partnership, we offer students the opportunity to access some of the world’s leading research and thinking in the early years sector. Portobello Institute has mapped the learning outcomes of this honours degree to the learning outcomes of the latest award from Fetac – the Level 6 in Early Years Care and Education.  This award now forms the first year of this degree giving students the opportunity to gain 2 recognised qualifications in 3 years.  Holders of the BA (hons) 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.

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.

This level 8 BA in Early Childhood Studies has been specifically designed for delivery by blended learning. It is very suited to you if you are working full-time with limited spare time yet you want to achieve your degree qualification. During the induction workshop, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal,  “Weblearn”. Here you will find course notes, reading lists, podcasts, articles of interest and assessment guidelines. The content is structured in an easy to “find and follow” week by week format. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document.

Each module commences with an induction seminar and you will meet your lead tutor during this seminar. Our seminars run nationwide. You can upload your assessments and your tutor will give you feedback on whether you are on the right track before you submit the final version. Blended learning allows you to study at your time with support available throughout your learning journey.


Monaghan, Donegal, Cavan, Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Clare, Wicklow, Wexford, Westmeath, Offaly, Meath, Louth, Longford, Laois, Kilkenny, Kildare, Dublin, Carlow, Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo, Leitrim, Galway, Ireland
Course Code EYEH-B-DS-OC-19
College Name Portobello Institute
Course Category Early Childhood Education, Education
Course Type Distance Learning
Course Qualification Honours Bachelor Degree
Course Location Monaghan, Donegal, Cavan, Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Clare, Wicklow, Wexford, Westmeath, Offaly, Meath, Louth, Longford, Laois, Kilkenny, Kildare, Dublin, Carlow, Sligo, Roscommon, Mayo, Leitrim, Galway, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 1
Course Start Date 12th October 2019
Course End Date 13th June 2020
Course Fee 3295
Course Duration 1 year
Title of Awarding BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies
Entry Requirements Entry on to this programme is by direct application to Portobello Institute.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 7 in Early Years Care & Education or equivalent• LMU Level 7 in Early Childhood Studies
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