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Early Childhood Studies (Hons)

Waterford Institute of Technology

36 months
10250 EUR/year
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The B.A. in Early Childhood Studies (Hons) at Waterford Institute of Technology is aimed at producing professionally qualified graduates who can work in a range of early years’ contexts, working with children up to the age of eight in both care and education settings. 


The Early Childhood Studies (Hons) program offered by Waterford Institute of Technology is designed under four important academic foundations namely, theory, practice, research and reflective integration. 

This program involves the study of related disciplines of early years’ care, education, psychology, sociology, law and personal and professional development and supervised professional early years, practice placements.

Students have the opportunity to complete supervised work-based placements, one in each of the second and third years of the course. These opportunities allow students gain valuable experience and skills in areas of care or education or both.

These placement experiences will facilitate the students’ application of knowledge from the disciplines studied to professional practice. Students will conclude their third year with a written thesis which allows them focus on a specific area of interest to them in relation to early years’ care and education.


  • Early Years Childcare
  • Early Years Education
  • Children’s Residential Care Centres
  • Health Services Executive, Family Support
  • Children with special learning needs
  • Private work in the child care sector

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Irish Family Policy
  • Early Years Instruction: Children as Learners
  • Early Years Education: Methods & Practice
  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Personal & Professional Development 
  • History of Care in Social Policy
  • The Sociology of Contemporary Ireland
  • Introduction to Sociological Problems
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personal & Professional Development 
  • Introduction to Research
  • Diversity & Inclusion in Early Years Care & Education
  • Children's Rights & Social Policy
  • Social Theory & Gender Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Minimum entry requirements:

  • 2 subjects: H5
  • 4 subjects: O6/H7
  • English or Irish: O6/H7
  • Mathematics: O6/H7

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10250 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 10250 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Waterford

670 - 1050 EUR /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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