Course Description

BA (Ord) in Early Childhood Studies (Blended Learning)

Portobello Institute

You can gain a level 7 BA in Early Childhood Studies, in just 14 months whilst you are working, if you currently hold a QQI ECCE Level 6 award. You can study this degree in your own time through blended learning, with a combination of tutorial seminars and online learning. With centres throughout Ireland, you can join the network of early years practitioners in your area on this learning journey. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a level 7 degree that is accessible, affordable and achieveable.

This level 7 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.

During this course, you will learn about 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. You will consider a range of local and international perspectives including: children’s rights, children’s health and well-being, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion. You will explore a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy, education and health. Learning the links between theory and practice, is key to your development as a professional early years practitioner.


This course is run in the following locations:

  • Gort, Galway
  • Navan, Meath
  • Cork City, Cork
  • Carlow, Co.Carlow
  • Roscommon
  • Letterkenny, Co.Donegal

Carlow Town, Navan, Cork City, Letterkenny, Donegal, Cork, Meath, Carlow, Roscommon, Galway, Ireland
Course Code EYEO-B-DS-SP-19
College Name Portobello Institute
Course Category Early Childhood Education, Education
Course Type Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Qualification Honours Bachelor Degree
Course Location Carlow Town, Navan, Cork City, Letterkenny, Donegal, Cork, Meath, Carlow, Roscommon, Galway, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 1
Course Start Date 5th October 2019
Course End Date 5th December 2020
Course Fee 3395
Course Duration 14 months
Title of Awarding BA (Ord) in Early Childhood Studies
Entry Requirements Entry RequirementsEntry to this programme is by direct application to Portobello Institute. You will be required to hold a QQI Level 6 major award in ECCE or have acheived an equivalent qualification. The ECCE level 6 award is available to study by blended or part-time study in 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 6 Early Years Care & Education• QQI Level 6 Advanced Supervision in Childcar
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43 Lower Dominick Street, Dublin 1, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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