Early Childhood Education & Care (BA )

Cork Institute of Technology

Bachelor's programs

Leaving Certificate examination in five subjects i.e. Grade O6 or H7 in five subjects. The five subjects must include English or Irish. There is no requirement for Mathematics. A Grade F2 or higher in Foundation Level Mathematics is recognised as one of the subjects for entry.

A number of places on the Bachelor Degree are usually available to mature students and other non-standard applicants. The Bachelor Degree is also available through ACCS on a modular study basis for persons working full time in Early Years Education.

Prior to entry on this course it is advisable to obtain some practical work experience in an early years setting.

Garda Vetting

CIT uses the National Vetting Bureau (NVB) to help assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/discovery. This requirement is due to the mandatory external placement element of the programme which will bring the applicant into contact with children or vulnerable adults and in which they will assume positions of trust.

Offers of places on these designated programmes will be provisional and contingent on the applicant’s satisfactory completion of the NVB's Procedure. Depending upon the outcome of the vetting process, the Institute reserves the following rights:

to not register a student

to remove an existing registered student

to delay the student’s practice placement modules on course

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Bachelor's programs


Cork , Ireland