QQI level 6 – Award in Early Learning & Care – Code 6M2007
2 years for a full award for those in employment at the commencement of the course


This two-year part time course offers students the opportunity to up-skill in the area of Early Years.This award also provides students with the opportunity to progress in higher education and Training. In addition to the Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care Students will also benefit form the following:

Lamh Training

Introduction to Autism 

Erasmus + opportunities

Completion of 150 work placement with children aged between 0-6 years

Friendly teachers who are available for academic support

In-College library where students can borrow ELC books for the academic year 

Entry Requirements          

Course entry is subject to interview to describe desire to work in the Early Years Sector

Stage 1 Advanced Certificate in Early Learning and Care or equivalent in Early Childhood Care and Education 

Where a prospective student has not attained the above level prior to their application, and in keeping with the College policy on equality of access and opportunity, entry opportunities to the programme are available offered through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application*.

(* To enquire about RPL applications to this course, please email rpl@cfedundrum.com)

Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency to level B2 on the CEFRLO framework.

Students must meet BTEI Criteria

Programme of Study

Core Modules

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Inclusive Early Learning & Care
  • Sociology and Social Policy in ELC
  • Supervision and Administration in Early Learning & Care
  • The Developing Child
  • Advanced Professional Practice Placement
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.


Work Experience

150 hours of professional practice placement with children aged  0- 2 years 8 months, and 2 years 8 months – 6 years.

Learners must be Garda vetted before going on professional practice placement and provide two references.

Career Opportunities

There are employment opportunities for graduates of the programme as Early Years Teachers and Room Leaders


This course will prepare graduates for a profession which requires a strong commitment to lifelong learning and continuous professional development to meet the dynamic and evolving nature of both the ELC context and demands of professional practice in Early Learning and Care settings.  Graduates who achieve the required standard may progress to further studies in:

DIT, DT572 Early Childhood Education

IT Blanchardstown, BN118 Early Childhood Education

NCI, BA (Honours) Early Childhood Education and Care (Advanced entry)

DC001, BA (Honours) Early Childhood Education