QQI LEVEL 5
This is a one year course which provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career caring for children in a variety of settings: nurseries, creches, playgroups, primary schools and special needs areas. Work placement is a necessay part of this course
Entrants should be of leaving certificate standard or equivalent. However those who do not possess the educational requirements but who have a particular interest or experience in this area will be considered. Mature students without formal qualifications are welcome.
A total of 120 credits are required for the certificate. The following modules will be offered:
- Child development
- Early care and education practice
- Early childhood education and play
- Child health and well being
- Work experience
and components chosen from the following list:
- Human growth and development
- Approaches to early childhood education
- Special needs assisting
- Creative arts for early childhood
A registration fee of 200 Euros is payable by all entrants to plc courses in Ireland. Those with a medical card or a maintenance grant do not have to pay this registration fee. Maintenance grants or Back to Education allowances are available for eligible students. A student service charge of €75 is payable by all students.
Work experience is an integral element of this course. Participants are required to attend work experience one day every week in a relevant vocational setting.
Upon successful completion of this course participants will be awarded a QQI Level 5 certificate. Course assessment is based on a mixture of continuous assessment and examination.
QQI certification is a nationally recognised Award. Successful participants can apply for employment in a variety of childcare settings.
FURTHER EDUCATION AND HIGHER EDUCATION LINKS SCHEME
Many students progress to Level 6 in the College to enhance their career prospects. Participants can progress from this course to Institutes of Technology and to Universities via higher education links scheme on obtaining a full award.