Pre-Primary School Teaching (PLC)

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

Are you under 23 years of age?

Did you get the points for Primary School Teaching BUT did not achieve H5 in Irish.

We have a course for you.

Repeat Honours Irish plus:

Complete the QQI Level 5 Award in Education & Training 5M3635.  This award will prepare you for Primary School Teaching (B.Ed in Primary Education) while you study Higher Level Irish.  This QQI award will also allow you to apply through CAO for a range of other courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme e.g.

DC009 Arts (Joint Honours) Humanities

DC010 Post Primary Teacher Education Religious Education and English

DC011 Post Primary Teacher Education Religious Education and History

DC235 Education & Training

CM010 Education Studies

CM020 Early Childhood Education
Are you over 23 years of age on January 1, 2019 and want to become a Primary School Teacher?

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

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

You must have the Grades below in Irish, Maths and English


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, 2019

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 + Clinics or as Personal Assistants

Entry Requirements

Garda Vetting and Leaving Certificate grades above.

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

Graduates from this course may gain entry to DCU Institute of Education – Bachelor of Education in  Primary School Teaching

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.