CK111 B.A. Early Years and Childhood Studies (EYCS)

Welcome to the B.A. Early Years and Childhood Studies at UCC


The BA (Hons) (Early Years and Childhood Studies) is a four-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 input from Music, Drama and Theatre Studies, Occupational Therapy and, Physical Education and Sport Studies.

It will offer you the opportunity to explore some of the most fundamental questions concerning children, young people and their families in contemporary society in Ireland and beyond.

This interdisciplinary degree attracts both school-leavers and mature students (male and female) and is designed for people working towards careers in services for children, young people and their families. Hence, it caters for the demand for highly qualified early years and childhood professionals, while also developing future researchers in the field.

Programme Structure:

  • Year 1 - provides a foundation through class-based lectures and tutorials in 11 modules. Professional workshops.
  • Year 2* - builds on foundation through exploration of key perspectives and skills preparation in ECEC in S1 across 7 modules; First professional placement in S2
  • Year 3* - Final Professional placement in S1; interrogation of critical issues in ECEC in S2 across 7 modules
  • Year 4 - Advanced inquiry and critical reflection of EYCS issues in 7 modules and development and demonstration of key research skills in final year. Research report.

    *You will undertake a 10 - 12-week placement in both Years 2 and 3 of the course.

Note: This programme is approved by the Qualifications Advisory Board (instituted to review Level 7 and Level 8 Degree programmes for the Early Learning and Care Sector) as meeting the requirements of the Professional Award Criteria and Guidelines standards.

Further details on the module titles can be found from College Admissions  

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School of Education

Scoil an Oideachais

Leeholme, O' Donovan's Road, Cork, Ireland