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Early Childhood Care and Education (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Sligo, Ireland
The Early Childhood Care and Education (Hons) programme from Institute of Technology Sligo is structured to allow you gain a holistic perspective of the diverse aspects of a child’s life; the influence of family, society, policy, and the government and how they are intertwined together within the everyday life of the child.
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This Early Childhood Care and Education (Hons) programme from Institute of Technology Sligo will equip you, the early childhood educator, with a comprehensive knowledge base of all factors influencing children in contemporary society including play, society, the family, diversity, creative studies (drama, music, art, dance, puppet making), children’s literature, sociology, psychology, primary education, social policy and law which you will use to improve the life outcomes and opportunities of children.


With a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education, you can access a range of professional career opportunities including working in early childhood settings such as crèches, nurseries, playgroups, pre-schools, primary schools and breakfast/ homework clubs. Graduates are employed in Community Development roles, County Childcare Committees, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, community-based Family Support programmes as well as in specialist areas such as additional needs services.

Some of our past graduates are working in the following roles- Manager Early Years Learning; Early Years Inspector; National Aistear Coordinator; Family Support Worker; Manager Family Resource Centre; AIM Coordinator; Manager Community service; FETAC Tutor; Project Worker; Youth Worker.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    480 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Outdoor-Based Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Management and Leadership for the ECCE sector
  • Family, Community and the Early Years Setting
  • Practice, Policy and Evidence
  • Counselling Psychology: Theoretical Perspectives 
  • Cyberpsychology 
  • Disability Studies 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Indicative points of 300 required in addition to meeting the minimum entry requirements outlined below:

  • Leaving Certificate: a minimum of 2 H5 and 4 O6/H7 grades.
  • O6/H7 English or Irish
  • QQI FE: Any Major award with a minimum of 3 Distinctions.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Sligo

  • 650 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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