Within the early years sector in Ireland, recent government policy has created the need and demand for a graduate led workforce  with many early years centres actively seeking employees with level 7 qualifications. The opportunities for well-qualified early childhood specialists working with young children and their families has increased across all sectors from play, care, health and education. This BA (Ord) in Early Childhood Studies degree is awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU) and gives holders the eligibility to gain the higher capitation grant for their role in an early childhood centre.  This specific 1 year course is aimed at those who already hold the ECCE full major award and are looking to upgrade their qualification to a level 7 degree in Early Childhood Studies.

The focus of this 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. This course draws on a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy, education and health. There is also a strong focus on the links between theory and practice and highly values the development of professional practice as well as academic skills and knowledge.

Qualification Gained

BA (Ord) Degree in Early Childhood Studies- Level 7

Entry Requirements

Direct application with the college.  Learners must already hold a QQI Level 6 award to gain advanced entry onto year 2 of this programme.

Course structure

This programme is generally delivered over 3 consecutive days each week from October to June each year - exact dates below.

Course Content

  • Creative Thinking and Representation - 15 credits
  • Communicating in a Multilingual context - 15 credits
  • Challenging Inequalities - 30 credits
  • Personal Social and Emotional Development - 30 credits
  • Approaches to Pedagogy - 30 credits

Progression Route

Learners can opt to complete 1 further year to achieve a Level 8 BA (hons) degree 

What London Metropolitan say

Vicky Mummery , Head of Early Childhood, Education and Society, London Metropolitan University - "We have been working closely with Portobello Institute for over 2 year and in this time they have been committed and extremely professional in their approach to developing a good quality learning experience. Their students are a credit to them and are very complimentary about the support they receive from the teaching team in order to achieve success".


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