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Early Years and Childhood Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #286 (QS) Cork, Ireland
This was one of the first degree courses of its kind in Ireland and pioneered the development of Early Years and Childhood Studies at University College Cork as a distinctive specialty with distinctive careers.
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This three-year degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies from University College Cork will expose you to interdisciplinary perspectives from the Schools of Applied Psychology, Applied Social Studies and Education, each of which contributes a third of the teaching.

The curriculum places emphasis on academic theory, research skills and professional and reflective practice. It includes a broad range of perspectives on childhood, the child in society, child development, early years care and education, and child health.

Supervised work-based placements in diverse childhood-related settings form an integral part of this course. You will undertake a 10- to 12-week placement in both Years 2 and 3. The professional practice placements provide opportunities for you to apply the theories you have learned, and to experience working with children under the guidance of expert practitioners.


Graduates have secured employment as managers of early childhood care and education centres, supervisors and staff, play therapists, primary school teachers, social workers, youth and community workers and disability nurses, among other roles.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Psychology as Science
  • Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Perspectives on Psychology
  • Introduction to Developmental and Social Psychology
  •  Research Methods in Education and Psychology
  • Historical Developments in the Irish Education Sector
  • Early Years and Childhood Studies:  Pedagogy and Practice
  • Contemporary Issues in Early Years and Childhood Studies
  • Social Analysis & Child Care Policy

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.

General Requirements

  • All students on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. 
  • To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring that only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15130 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15130 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3195 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3195 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Cork

  • 860 - 1400 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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