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

BA (Ord) in Early Childhood studies (Blended Learning) is a course run by Portobello Institute, Dublin. It is a 'Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online' course with a duration of 14 Month. BA (Ord) in Early Childhood studies (Blended Learning) gives a Course Qualification of Ordinary Bachelor Degree. For more information about BA (Ord) in Early Childhood studies (Blended Learning) at Portobello Institute, please review the details below.

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 achievable.

Why should I study this degree?

If you hold the ECCE full major award and are looking to further your qualifications, we have designed this level 7 BA Early Childhood Studies for you. It is delivered by blended learning to support your work-life balance and offers you a path of progression level 8 and right through to a Level 9 Masters Early Childhood Studies.

As an early years graduate, working as a manager in an early childhood setting is a natural career progression. There will also be new career options available to you. You will be eligible to apply for more diverse roles such as those within community projects and public health. Visit our Graduates Success Stories here to understand the opportunities they availed of and their learning journey.

What is blended learning?

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. 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.

What will I learn during this level 7 BA in Early Childhood Studies?

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.

Who will recognise my degree?

If you hold this level 7 degree, you are eligible to gain the higher capitation grant from the DCYA (Dept. of Children and Youth Studies) for your role in an early childhood centre.

Who will I learn from?

The programme management and tutoring team on the level 7 degree in Early Childhood Studies have been carefully selected. They have been chosen on the basis of their qualifications, combined experience in the early years sector and education, and their belief of the impact higher education can have for practitioners, children and families. Meet our Team by clicking here


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Training ProviderPortobello Institute
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 1
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationOrdinary Bachelor Degree
Awarding Body DetailsBA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies
Course Start Date3rd October 2020
Course End Date4th December 2021
Course Duration14 Month
Course Fee3395
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 Childcare • QQI Level 7 in Early Years Care & Education or equivalent • LMU Level 7 in Early Childhood Studies
Phone01 892 0035
Course CodeEYEH-B-DS
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