EYCS Programme Overview

Programme Overview

As an Early Years and Childhood Studies student, you will be exposed to interdisciplinary perspectives from 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.  Our curriculum places emphasis on academic theory, research skills and professional and reflective practice. Students will be encouraged to build on their unique backgrounds and experiences as they develop personally, professionally and academically across the four years of the programme.

Why take this degree?

EYCS takes a multi-disciplinary approach and offers a fascinating and stimulating course of academic study. You will develop your understanding of childhood, discovering how children develop, learn and think. You'll explore the importance of meeting children's needs and how these needs can be met. You'll consider the challenges and opportunities in children's services, and look at childhood from a range of perspectives. We'll encourage you to use your own experiences in early years to enhance your knowledge and develop your understanding of early childhood.

A range of local and international perspectives are taken including: children's rights, children's health and well-being, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity and inclusion. The degree draws on a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy, education and health. We emphasise the links between theory and practice and value the development of professional as well as academic skills and knowledge.


What will I experience?

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

A key feature of this programme is its emphasis on practical knowledge and the development of professional skills. Supervised work-based placements in diverse childhood-related settings form an integral part of this course. You will undertake a 10-12 week placement in both Years 2 and 3. The professional practice placements take place in various settings (e.g....) and provide opportunities for you to apply the theories you have learned, and to experience working with children under the guidance of expert practitioners.

The course team includes lecturers and researchers who are strongly committed to enabling, empowering and enthusing students to make transformational changes to their own lives and to the lives of children, families and communities.

Student Garda Vetting

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.

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether any criminal proceedings are pending. The Garda Siochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries of residence. This certificate should state that the student has had no convictions recorded against them while residing there.

F‌urther information is available in our policy: Student Vetting Policy and Procedure



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