Coláiste an Chreagáin

Early Childhood Education and Training including SNA module Level 6

Early Childhood Education and Training including SNA module Level 6

Early Childhood Care & Education Level 6 APPLY NOW

Course Overview

Our QQI Level 6 Early Childhood and Care Major Award Qualification is designed to provide the learner with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to supervise the implementation of the Early Years Care, Early Childhood Curriculum and for Special Needs Assisting. The course aims to promote good practice, equality and respect for diversity in early childhood education and care. This qualification will soon be a requirement when applying for a job within the ECCE sector.

This course also aims to provide practitioners currently working in the field of Early Childhood Care and Practice an opportunity to upgrade their current qualifications, to further develop their skills and to enhance their existing knowledge.


The modules are chosen so learners are well equipped to implement the contemporary principles of best practice as determined by Síolta, The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education (2006) and Aistear (The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (2009).

  • Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies - 6N1945
  • Supervision in Early Child -6N1973
  • Special Needs Assisting- 6N1957
  • Early Childhood Curriculum - 6N1944
  • Child Development - 6N1942
  • Communications - 6N1948
  • Safety at Work-5N1794
  • Work Experience - 6N1946

Work Experience

Work experience takes place one day per week throughout the academic year.

Students have a practical opportunity here to apply theory, knowledge and interpersonal skills in a variety of settings.

How this Course is Taught

The course is delivered through ongoing projects and tutorials. Students are encouraged to become self-motivated and disciplined through ongoing academic achievement and tutor feedback.

Coláiste and Chreagáin has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.
  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.
  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Career Opportunities

On completion of this course, learners will be equipped with sufficient knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the area of Special Needs Assisting and Early Years Care and Education.

Early Childhood Education and Care Sector has been a growth area over the last ten years. Evidence of expansion of the sector is the recent introduction by the Department of Child and Youth Affairs of a second National free pre-school year. Therefore, employment opportunities appear positive in the short and medium term.

Graduates would have enhanced employability within the rapidly professionalising sector. Furthermore, graduates would be well-placed to occupy supervisory functions within the sector, in accordance with new funding requirements.

Third Level Progression

The course provides excellent progression route to further education and subject to specific requirements the course can be used to apply through CAO for a third level degree in a related discipline.

Entry Requirements

Suitable candidates must have obtained a relevant QQI Level 5 Award or equivalent to be eligible for this course.

Opportunities open to students who did not achieve the desired Leaving Certificate to allow entry to your desired course from the CAO system, you can have the opportunity to achieve up to 390 points in a PLC course and gain access to 3rd Level or for mature students who did not complete a Leaving Certificate to gain access to 3rd Level.


This course is a one year full-time course from September to May


€175 Student Services Fee applies to all learners.
€200 Government Levy Fee applies to all learners except:

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).
  • Those in receipt of a SUSI Grant.
  • Those on a VTOS scheme.

An exam fee of €80 for QQI Level 6 applies to all learners except

  • Those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance.
  • Medical Card Holders (valid at time of Registration).

Non EU Students are subject to an International Fee.

We advise non-EU citizens living outside Ireland to contact the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service on to ensure the course you are considering applying for is eligible for a student visa. Non-EU citizens living in Ireland are welcome to apply and require a PPS number (Personal Public Service Number). Non-EU citizens are required to pay a tuition fee set by the Irish government which is currently €3653. Some exemptions apply, for further information, please contact GRETB.

Please Note

Colaiste an Chreagain reserves the right to make changes to any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the college and a student or a third party.

25 2021
October Mid-Term Break - School Closed
01 2021
School Reopen
16 2021
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29 2021
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