Course Code: 6M2007

Course Delivery:

As per QQI requirements, if you wish to use previously achieved modules to complete your Major Award, then they must have been achieved within the last five years.  You must provide the College with copies of these certificates in order to go forward for certification once you have completed your programme of training with us.

Blended Online option – Live Lectures, recorded lectures and classroom sessions.

The blended option runs in the following manner;

Each module is delivered over 5 weeks. The programme is 40 weeks in total (8 modules x 5 weeks). There are Live lectures in weeks 1 and 4 of each module, usually the Wednesday of the week. These are also recorded and can be watched back.

In weeks 2, 3 and 5, the tutor provides one hour of support. This can be a mixture of emails/forum discussions/live Q&A sessions. These are not recorded. There are supplementary recorded lectures in the weeks where no live lecture is taking place. The live lectures are usually 2 hours in duration, from 7pm to 9 pm. The recorded lectures are normally 1 hour in duration but may be broken into three 20 minute sessions.

This option gives learners the opportunity to experience peer to peer and tutor engagement over the duration of the course.


QQI Level 6 ECCE Major Award

Course Units

6N1942 Child Development 6
6N1944 Early Childhood Curriculum 6
6N1945 Childhood Social Legal & Health Studies 6
6N1973 Supervision in Early Childhood care 6
6N1957 Special Needs Assisting 6
6N2023 Child Psychology 6
6N1946 Work Experience 6
6N1950 Communications 6

Course Fee Information:


Pay In Full – €895

Pay in Instalments – €1000

(€250 deposit & 3 monthly instalments paid consecutively of €250 starting when the course begins)



SKU: N/A Category:

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of this programme are the following:

  1. To equip learners with a sound understanding of child development theory and observation methodologies which will enable the learners to apply this knowledge in work practice through observing, recording and making recommendations relating to children’s holistic development.
  2. To ensure learners can plan, implement and evaluate learning programmes for children with reference to a broad range of Early Educational theorists and curriculum approaches with specific reference to the Aistear framework and Siolta principles.
  3. To familiarize learners with an overview of the Irish statutory, legal and healthcare systems and supports available to children and families with an emphasis on the area of child protection and adherence to national guidelines in this area.
  4. To enable learners to utilize a range of supervisory skills in the workplace which promote effective working relationships, excellent communication skills and policy and procedural adherence to best practice guidelines.
  5. To promote in learners an understanding of a range of special needs that may present in children and to demonstrate how they can effectively assist and support children within the ECCE setting while valuing diversity and fostering equality and inclusion

Entry Requirements & Assessment/Examinations


No prior skills, knowledge or competence in the award subject matter will be required of the learner for successful entry to the programme; but learners will be expected to have a minimum of Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate standard of education or equivalent and/or experience.  Proficiency in English language is required, together with a strong interest in (subject).
Learners whose first language is not English will be required to provide proof of proficiency in the English language through satisfactory performance on an internationally recognised test (e.g. IELTS 5.5) or other similar English Language qualifications.

Progressive College are committed to providing equal access to education and equal opportunities for mature students (23 years +).  Mature applicants do not need to match school-leavers in terms of academic achievement, provided there is evidence of the ability to pursue and benefit from the course, but candidates must be 23 years of age or over on the 1st January of the year of entry to their programme of study.  Mature students must also have proficiency in the English language.


Students access their course materials through Moodle, our E-Learning portal.

  • Continuous assessment
  • Skills demonstrations
  • Child Development exam
  • 110 hours of work practice in an ECCE setting.

Alternative assessments are in place to facilitate students who are unable to find placement due to current L5 COVID19 restrictions.

*Unless otherwise stated all skills demonstrations/exams take place in our Dublin City Centre venue

Location & date:

Location Cut-Off Starts Duration
Online Open for Enrolling 11th of November 2021 40 Weeks