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Early Learning & Care – QQI Level 5 Major Award
3rd October 2023
What will I study during this Certificate in Early Learning & Care – QQI Level 5 Major Award course?
This programme aims to develop your knowledge, skills, and competence suitable to autonomous professional practice subject to supervision as a member Early Learning and Care (ELC) community of practice to promote and support the physical and mental health, learning, development, and care needs of children across the range of ELC settings.
Upon completion, you will –
- Develop professional knowledge, skills, and competencies to effectively organise and lead learning environments.
- Foster a sense of professional identity and develop a framework of personal and professional values for working with children and families.
- Develop sociological thinking to form effective partnerships with children’s families and communities and appreciate their role in children’s development, and well-being learning.
- Inspire becoming an advocate for children and families and promote anti-discriminatory practice.
- Promote continuous professional development through emphasising the impact of qualifications and CPD on provision of high-quality experiences for children.
- Encourage commitment to development of the ELC sector through participation in the community of practice and modelling of good practice.
- Provide pathways to additional formal education and training in the disciplines relevant to provision of services for children and families.
Who will I learn from?
How will I learn?
Many students are seeking a combination of being able to study at a time that suits them but with the support of a tutor and the learning from peers included. Blended learning suits this student perfectly as it is a combination of contact tuition and distance learning. Everything needed to complete the course is available on a web-based learning platform. At the commencement of each module within a course, there will be a tutorial workshop held. This allows students the opportunity to meet their tutors in person and their other classmates. A comprehensive overview of the content of the module, the learning outcomes and assessment requirements are covered during this workshop. A demonstration on how to use the web-based learning platform is given during the induction workshop. The course work is usually given on a week-to-week basis to support you to stay on track. Assessments are uploaded online, and in many cases, a draft of your assessment can be submitted for feedback by your tutor before you submit the final version. Blended Learning for many is the best of both worlds, it gives you the independence and freedom to study at a time suited to you whilst also offering you guidance from expert tutors and the support of a peer to peer network from your fellow classmates.
Portobello Institute’s ELC level 5 course is delivered over 1 academic year. Course content is delivered online with supported workshops held on 6 Saturdays over the course of the programme.
Course materials are structured to be accessed on a week by week basis and are available to download from our eLearning platform as you progress through the course. Assignments are all designed for completion at home and once completed, you will upload these to the eLearning platform. Feedback and results are posted here for you to access too.
You must notify the programme manager you will be attending the workshops as and when they arise.
Real Life Learning Opportunities
How will I be assessed?
A variety of assessment methods are used to support students with different learning styles. We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday practice.
Exiting after Stage 1 (QQI level 5 major award) will qualify you to work as an Early Years Practitioner, an AIM support worker in ELC settings, or you can seek employment as Special Needs Assistants in Schools.
Further Study Opportunities
Learners completing Stage 2 (QQI level 6 major award) will qualify to work as room leaders in ELC settings, Early Years Practitioners, AIM support workers, and can be employed as Special Needs Assistants in Schools.
Optional modules will provide opportunities for learners to focus on their specific interests and career plans.
Learners can gain advanced entry to Year 2 of BA Ordinary in Early Childhood Care and Education and BA Ordinary in Inclusive Education Practice delivered by Portobello Institute and the University of Essex , which provide opportunities to progress up to NFQ level 9 and to programmes delivered by other providers in Ireland.
Speak to an expert
Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have. It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.
How long are you working in Portobello?
I have been working for Portobello Institute for over 5 years now.
What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?
I love the interaction with students. Every day I get to meet different individuals and learners who are looking to change their lives and I get to be the person who advises them on the best programme to take. It is a fantastic feeling to be part of their journey. For many learners this is a huge decision and I get to be the person who supports them in making that decision. There is an incredible sense of pride when I see our learners graduate and achieve their education goals.
What inspires you about working in education?
I believe that education is impowering and it can often change people’s lives. It increases the learner’s confidence and it allows the learner to reach their full potential. Coming back to education hugely lifts the learner’s self esteem.
Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?
One particular lady struggled with dyslexia all her life. Her disability really affected her years in school, her career choices and when this learner approached Portobello Institute I worked with her to establish the best way forward, the right course for her was without a doubt in childcare. This lady registered on the course and she needed a lot of hand holding throughout her studies from both myself and the academic team. I recall that the day of her graduation, she received the “Student of Year” award. We were all thrilled and delighted for her! This learner has since gone on to open a very successful Montessori setting.
How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?
I am there to be the deciding factor for our learners. We support people in making the right choice of programme for them. We reassure them the whole way and we support them throughout. It is a very rewarding feeling to be part of this process.
How do I apply?
Detailed below are the entry criteria for this programme.
- Leaving Certificate, including Leaving Certificate applied, or equivalent at NFQ level 4.
- Where the applicants do not have a Leaving Certificate or equivalent, they can be accepted on the basis of an interview and a short piece of writing
- Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate evidence of achievement of B2 standard for writing, reading, listening, and speaking at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Additionally, applicants must:
- Be in a position to undertake supervised placement of 150 hrs per stage
- Be in a position to obtain Garda vetting
Fees & Payment Options
Overall Course Price
Easy Payment Plan
Payment Option 1
30% deposit payment (€432.90), followed by 10 scheduled payments on the first of each month, commencing the 1st of the month after the start date of the course. Includes one off instalment fee of €195.
- €101.01 due in month 1
- €101.01 due in month 2
- €101.01 due in month 3
- €101.01 due in month 4
- €101.01 due in month 5
- €101.01 due in month 6
- €101.01 due in month 7
- €101.01 due in month 8
- €101.01 due in month 9
- €101.01 due in month 10
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Early Learning & Care – QQI Level 5 Major Award
3rd October 2023
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