Pre-Primary School Teaching (PLC)

QQI Award: Education & Training (Level 5 – 5M3635) with Honours Irish and QQI L5 Maths

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for post leaving cert students and mature students who are interested in teaching (Primary school teaching, Post-Primary school teaching, or teaching in Further Education). We offer you the opportunity to study Leaving Cert Honours Irish and re-sit the state exam in order to meet the Teaching Council requirement of a H4.

Please note the minimum requirements to study Primary School Teaching are as follows

Irish
H4
English
H7/O4
Maths
H7/O4

 

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

Students who got the required points for B.Ed (Primary Teaching) but did not get a H4 in Higher Irish. This course will prepare you to re-sit your Honours Irish, while also achieving a QQI Level 5 5M3635 Award in Education and Training and re-applying through the CAO.

This qualification 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

Alternative Routes to Becoming a Primary School Teacher using QQI Level 5 (5M3635) Award in Education & Training:

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

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)

Maynooth University

  • MH101 Arts followed by PME – Professional Master of Education (Primary)
  • MH801 Early Childhood Teaching and Learning. followed by PME – Professional Master of Education (Primary)

Course Description

Students will undertake Leaving Certificate Irish at Higher Level and follow a QQI Level 5 5M3635 Award in Education and Training. This award offers a wide range of modules which enables students to gain a critical awareness of the way in which the Irish Education system operates. Learners are also enabled to improve their communication, critical reflection and interpersonal skills, all of which are central to working in an educational setting. Students also have the opportunity to study QQI L5 Maths (a minimum grade of Merit is accepted for Maths as entry to the B.Ed for matures once other requirements are met).

Course Content

QQI Level 5 5M3635 Award in Education & Training
Communications, Concepts in Education and Training, Interpersonal and Group Behaviour, Work Experience, Research and Study Skills, Approaches to Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Children with Additional Needs.
Students will also have the opportunity to complete Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish and QQI L5 Maths.

Erasmus

Students will engage in work experience over the year as Classroom Assistants. Students also have the opportunity to engage in their work placement overseas.

Career Opportunities

After completion of the QQI Level 5 Major award, students can work as a Special Needs Assistant (SNA).

Entry Requirements

Garda Vetting and Leaving Certificate. We would note that students wishing to become primary school teachers must have met certain requirements set by the Teaching Council. Please speak to a career guidance teacher or email the Pre Primary Teaching Course Coordinator Michelle.Culligan@cdcfe.cdetb.ie for more information.

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.
Students taking 5M3635 may now apply for the following courses in Maynooth University:

MH107 Social Science,
MH109 Media Studies,
MH401 Finance, (Maths Requirement LCE H7/04 or Distinction in any L5, QQI Maths or Stats module,
MH403 Accounting and Finance (Maths Requirement LCE H7/04 or Distinction in any L5, QQI Maths or Stats module),
MH404 Business and Management (Maths Requirement LCE H7/04 or Distinction in any L5, QQI Maths or Stats module)
MH405 Equine Business (Maths Requirement LCE H7/04 or Distinction in any L5, QQI Maths or Stats module),
MH407 Business and Accounting (Maths Requirement LCE H7/04 or Distinction in any L5, QQI Maths or Stats module),
MH411 Entrepreneurship ((Maths Requirement LCE H7/04 or Distinction in any L5, QQI Maths or Stats module)
MH501 Law (LLB)
MH502 Law (BCL) Double Major

Course Charges

€300