Course Code FGECST
Level 5
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Course Description

DURATION: 3 years part-time. Applicants can apply directly to SRC


This course has been designed to provide you with specialist knowledge and understanding of working with 0-8 year olds.  This course focuses on the key theories, concepts and practical skills required to work with this age group in the primary school or other specialist early year’s settings.

Both full-time and part-time provision runs for 32 weeks per year.

Full-time: 12 hours per week in college plus 10 hours work placement

Part-time: 8.5 hours per week in college plus 10 hours per week on work placement

The team delivering this course comprises of a wide range of professionals including primary school teachers, social workers and early years practitioners with a wealth of knowledge and expertise in their fields.



Child Development

Learning Through Play

Professional Practice 1

Historical Overview of the Development of Early Years Provision

The Acquisition of Language and Communication Skills

Quality Provision in Early Years

Safeguarding Children

Developing Skills and Strategies for Managing Children’s Behaviour

Professional Practice 2

Anti Discriminatory Practice and Inclusion in the Early Years Environment

Working with Children with Additional Needs

Working with Babies 0-3 years

Science and Technology in the Early Years


• 2 A Levels: normally grades CC, including 4 GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade C or above (Level 2 Essential Skills in Communication is acceptable in lieu of a grade C in GCSE English Language; however Level 2 Application of Number cannot be substituted
for GCSE Mathematics);
• Irish Leaving Certificate – normally BCCC at Higher (must have English and Mathematics Ordinary Level Grade D or better); or 

• Access Course – normally minimum of 55% average; or 

• BTEC National Certificate or Diploma in Early Years; or
• Appropriate Cache Diploma in Child Care and Education; or
• NVQ level 3 Qualification CCLD/EYCE or Classroom Assistant or Teaching
• Applicants may be required to attend for interview. 
Please note: Grades may be enhanced by Queen’s University, Belfast.
You should note that, as the course engages you in ‘regulated activity’ involving children, there is a compulsory, legal requirement to obtain an Enhanced Disclosure from ACCESS NI.

Disclosures may be accessed at http://www.accessni.gov.uk


Modules are assessed through a combination of coursework, exams and portfolio work. There is a strong emphasis on the links between coursework and work placement in this programme. A number of quality assurance processes are used to monitor the reliability of grading. This includes, marking by the tutor delivering the module, Internal cross  marking by another tutor in the College, cross-college moderation by other colleges delivering this qualification and moderation by an External Examiner.

£544 (Course)
£297 (Exam)


Educational enrichment activities to local childcare, university and other course relevant facilities will accrue travel expenses of approx. £5-10, three times a year. UCAS fees of approximately £24 are applicable for those applying to university.

This course is accredited by Queen’s University Belfast.


You are required to:
• Comply with College Policies and procedures, rules and regulations (available in your Student Diary/e-Diary, Course Handbook, SRC Website and on the College VLE).
• Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates and attend all exams, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.


On successful completion of this course you may progress to Stranmillis University College and enter Year 2 of the BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies (full-time or part-time) or into Year 2 of a similar course. SRC students will have the opportunity to progress to year 2 of the part time BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Southern Regional College.


Bernie McMahon


Barbara Rooney


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Location Day Time Weeks Start Date Fees
Newry Campus Mon13:00 - 22:003216 Sep 2019£544 (Course)
£297 (Exam)