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Rossa College

Rossa College

Early Childhood Care & Education


Course Code:  5M2009
Award Code(s):  5M2009
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This QQI Level 5 Award in Early Childhood Care & Education will provide participants with the skills, knowledge and competence to work as a childcare settings. It is designed to prepare students to work in a supervised role, competently, safely and effectively with children aged 0 - 6 years. The QQI level 5 in Early Childhood Care & Education can be used as an access qualification to progress to Degree Level through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

This is a one-year course from September to May. Candidates are required to complete work experience with children as part of this course. Students must obtain a Garda Clearance Certificate for their work experience.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Early Care & Education Practice 5N1770
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773
Child Development 5N1764
Child Health & Well-Being 5N1765
Communications 5N0690
Children with Additional Needs 5N2396
Work Experience 5N1356
Creative Arts for Early Childhood 5N1769

Work Experience
Candidates are required to work a minimum of four weeks work experience with children (minimum of 60 hours). Students must obtain a Garda Clearance Certificate for their work experience.

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
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This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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5M2009