2021/2022

BA (Hons) (Early Years and Childhood Studies) - CK111 (for students who entered prior to 2021/22)

NFQ Level 8, Major Award

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure that the programme and module content as described in the University's Calendar and Book of Modules for the 2021-22 academic year are accurate. However, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, no guarantee is given that programme/module content, delivery and assessment may not be altered, cancelled, replaced, augmented or otherwise amended. Any changes will ensure the same competencies and Learning Outcomes are met. Programme and/or Module Coordinators will communicate any such changes to students.

NOTE: This programme has been revised. Students who entered the programme prior to 2021/22 undertake a three year degree and follow the curriculum detailed below. Students entering from 2021/22 undertake a four year degree and follow the curriculum detailed here.

The BA (Hons) (Early Years and Childhood Studies) is a three-year full-time programme leading to the BA (Hons) Degree (Early Years and Childhood Studies). The degree is taught by the Schools of Applied Psychology, Applied Social Studies, and Education with contributions from Music, Drama and Theatre and Occupational Therapy.

This level 8 Degree satisfies all the criteria being applied by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in determining whether a pre-school leader can be considered eligible for the higher capitation rate payable under the universal pre-school scheme (ECCE).

To be eligible for the award of the BA (Hons) degree a student will be required to have achieved 180 credits by obtaining 60 credits in each of First, Second and Third Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies). A student may not register for more than 60 credits in one academic year.

Commencing in 2021/22 the four year BA (Hons) (Early Years and Childhood Studies) will replace the three year BA (Hons) (Early Years and Childhood Studies) degree. This will be implemented on a phased basis starting with First Years in 2021/22. Students who entered First Year in 2021/22 will register for the BA (Hons) (Early Years and Childhood Studies) degree.

Students repeating First Year in 2021/22 may be required to take new modules as prescribed by the participating Schools. Where a student has been granted exemptions due to having passed module(s) in an earlier attempt year, an exemption in any particular module is relevant to the repeat year only where that module is included in the current prescribed programme.


Module Semester Information may be found here. Module descriptions may be found here.

Examinations

Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book, and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

No student may register for Second Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies) until he/she has passed the First University Examination in Early Years and Childhood Studies, except on the basis of previous qualifications (see under 'entry requirements' above). Students who have been admitted to Second Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies) must satisfactorily attend the prescribed modules, to the value of 60 credits, in the three core disciplines in order to be admitted to the Second University Examination in Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies).

Programme Requirements

Students take 60 credits as follows:

AP2504 Early Years and Childhood Health and Wellbeing Project (15 credits)
AP2505 Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence (5 credits)
ED2004 The Curriculum in Special Needs Education (5 credits)
ED2005 Early Years and Childhood Policy: Planning and Practice (5 credits)
ED2006 Early Years and Childhood Curricula: Ideology, Pedagogy and Practice (10 credits)
SS2027 Professional Practice/Theory Integration (15 credits)
SS2401 Child Care Policy: Contemporary Issues (5 credits)

Students repeating Second Year in 2022/23 may be required to take new modules as prescribed by the participating Schools. Where a student has been granted exemptions due to having passed module(s) in an earlier attempt year, an exemption in any particular module is relevant to the repeat year only where that module is included in the current prescribed programme.


Module Semester Information may be found here. Module descriptions may be found here.

Examinations

Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book, and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

Second Arts (Childhood Theory and Policy) – alternative pathway for students not proceeding to Third Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies)

The BA (Hons) (Childhood Theory and Policy) is an alternative degree pathway for students who do not satisfy the pass standard for the placement module (SS2027) in Year 2 of the BA (Early Years and Childhood Studies) programme over the Summer and Autumn Supplemental Examinations. This degree pathway leads to an academic and not a practice degree. Such students may opt instead to register for the BA (Hons) (Childhood Theory and Policy).

Students will make up the remaining 15 credits, to a total of 60 credits, by choosing 3 of the following 5 credit modules: SS2004, SS2007, SS2025 and SS2026 in the following academic year. On successful completion of Second Arts (Childhood Theory and Policy), students then progress to Third Arts (Childhood Theory and Policy) where, on successful completion, they qualify for a BA (Hons) (Childhood Theory and Policy).

Programme Requirements
Students take 60 credits as follows:

AP2504 Early Years and Childhood Health and Wellbeing Project (15 credits)
AP2505 Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence (5 credits)
ED2004 The Curriculum in Special Needs Education (5 credits)
ED2005 Early Years and Childhood Policy: Planning and Practice (5 credits)
ED2006 Early Years and Childhood Curricula: Ideology, Pedagogy and Practice (10 credits)
SS2401 Social Analysis and Child Care Policy 2 (5 credits)

And three of the following modules:
SS2004 Personal Lives and Family Policy (5 credits)
SS2007 Penal Policy and Practice (5 credits)
SS2025 Social Movements and Health (5 credits)
SS2026 Special Education and Disability: Principles, Policies and Practices (5 credits)

Note: Exemptions in relevant modules passed as part of Second Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies) will be carried over to Second Arts (Childhood Theory and Policy).

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module descriptions may be found here.

Examinations

Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book, and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

Only students who have passed the Second University Examination in Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies) and satisfied all other requirements specified will be permitted to register for Third Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies). Such students must attend the prescribed modules to the value of 60 credits in the three core disciplines concerned (20 credits per discipline) in order to be admitted to the Degree Examination.

Programme Requirements

Students take 60 credits as follows:

AP3113 Applied Developmental Psychology (5 credits)
AP3501 Applying Psychological Theory and Reflective Practice to Placement Context (5 credits)
AP3504 Child and Family Health Psychology (5 credits)
AP3514 Special Educational Needs: Aetiology, Assessment and Intervention (5 credits)
ED3009 Advanced Studies in Early Years and Childhood Education (10 credits)
ED3010 Education Placement (10 credits)
SS3403 Social Analysis, Gender and Society (10 credits)
SS3404 Social Research in Early Years and Childhood Studies (10 credits)

Students repeating Third Year in 2023/24 may be required to take new modules as prescribed by the participating Schools. Where a student has been granted exemptions due to having passed module(s) in an earlier attempt year, an exemption in any particular module is relevant to the repeat year only where that module is included in the current prescribed programme.

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module descriptions may be found here.
Examinations

Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book, and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

Third Arts (Childhood Theory and Policy) – alternative pathway for students not completing Third Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies)

The BA (Hons) (Childhood Theory and Policy) is an alternative degree pathway for students who do not satisfy the pass standard for the placement modules (ED3010 and AP3501) in Year 3 of the BA (Early Years and Childhood Studies) programme over the Summer and Autumn Supplemental Examinations. This degree pathway leads to an academic and not a practice degree. Such students may opt instead to register for the BA (Hons) (Childhood Theory and Policy).

Students will make up the remaining 15 credits, to a total of 60 credits, by completing ED3326 (10 credits) and choosing one of the following 5 credit AP modules: AP3015 or AP3033 in the following academic year. On successful completion of Third Arts (Childhood Theory and Policy), students will qualify for a BA (Hons) (Childhood Theory and Policy).

Programme Requirements
Students take 60 credits as follows:
AP3113 Applied Developmental Psychology (5 credits)
AP3504 Child and Family Health Psychology (5 credits)
AP3514 Special Educational Needs: Aetiology, Assessment and Intervention (5 credits)
ED3009 Advanced Studies in Early Years and Childhood Education (10 credits)
SS3403 Social Analysis, Gender and Society (10 credits)
SS3404 Social Research in Early Years and Childhood Studies (10 credits)
ED3326 Education Research Report (10 credits)
and one of the following:
AP3015 Forensic Psychology (5 credits)
AP3033 Positive Psychology (5 credits)

Please note: Students who pass AP3501 and fail ED3010 in Year 3 of the BA (Early Years and Childhood Studies) programme over the Summer and Autumn Supplemental Examinations will only be required to take ED3326 (10 credits).

Note: Exemptions in relevant modules passed as part of Third Arts (Early Years and Childhood Studies) will be carried over to Third Arts (Childhood Theory and Policy).

Module Semester Information may be found here. Module descriptions may be found here.

Examinations

Full details of regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2021/2022 Book, and for each module in the Book of Modules, 2021/2022.

Programme Learning Outcomes

Programme Learning Outcomes for BA (Early Years and Childhood Studies) (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

Programme Learning Outcomes for BA (Childhood Theory and Policy) (NFQ Level 8, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:


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