Pre-Primary School Teaching (VTOS)

QQI Award: Education & Training (Level 5 – 5M3635) with Honours Irish

***This course is NOT a direct access course to the B.Ed***

Pre Primary School Teaching

The minimum requirements to study Primary School Teaching are

Irish                                      H4English                         H7/O4Maths                            H7/O4


 Who is this course for ?

Students who get the required points for B.Ed (Primary Teaching) for 2019 however did not get H4 in Higher Irish.  This course will prepare you to resit your Hons Irish and also achieve a QQI Level 5 in Education and Training.  Then apply again through CAO for 2020.


Students who did not get the points for B. Ed (Primary Teaching) but still  want to teach – the QQI Level 5 in Education and Training will allow you to apply to the following courses with this award

DCU : DC010 Post Primary Teacher Education in Religious Education and English

DCU : DC011 Post Primary Teacher Education in Religious Education and History



Dublin City University

  • Study DC009 : BA (Joint Honours)Humanities with Irish and one other subject and then complete PME – Professional Master of Education: Primary Teaching DC970
  • Study DC001 : Early Childhood Education Level 8 followed by PME -– Professional Master of Education: Primary Teaching DC970

Marino Institute of Education

  • Study CM020 : B.Sc Early Childhood Education followed by PME – Professional Master of Education(Primary)
  • Study CM010 : B.Sc Education Studies followed by PME – Professional Master of Education(Primary)

Mature Student entry requirements for Primary Teacher (B.Ed in Primary Education) are as follows:

Irish                                      H4English                         H7/O4Maths                            H7/O4

To include :

Grade H5 50%-59% on a Higher Level Paper in not less than 3 subjects

Grade O6 40%-49% Ordinary Level or H7 30%-40% in 3 other subjects


Mature students can combine results obtained at the Leaving Certificate Examination in different years.

Mature students will have an interview and Irish oral

Applications are made through CAO by February 1, 2020

Course Description

Students will undertake Leaving Certificate Irish at Higher Level and follow a QQI Level 5 Education and Training Award 5M3635.  This award offers a wide range of modules which enables students to gain a critical awareness of the way in which Primary School Education operates.  Learners are also enabled to improve their communication, critical reflection and interpersonal skills, all of which are central to working in a Primary school setting where you guide and support young, growing minds.

Students will engage in work experience over the year as Classroom Assistants.

Other Career Opportunities

A career as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA) involves working with children and young adults with General Learning Difficulties (GLD) and Specific Learning Difficulties (SPLD) in Mainstream Education at Primary and Post Primary, Special Schools, Daycare Centres and Clinics or as Personal Assistants

Entry Requirements

Garda Vetting and Leaving Certificate

Course Content

QQI Level 5 5M3635

Communications, Concepts in Education and Training, Interpersonal and Group Behaviour, Work Experience, Research and Study Skills, Approaches to Early Childhood Education, Psychology,  Special Needs Assisting  (modules may be subject to change).

Students will also have the opportunity to complete Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish

College Links / Progression

Students can use this major award (5M3635) to apply to colleges through the CAO. See the list of colleges accepting this award as an entry requirement here.