B.A. (Hons) in Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice

Level 8
4 Years
Start Date


Are you looking to develop a career in the area of Childcare or Adolescent Care? If so, then consider the B.A (Hons) in Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice,which is one of the most contemporary, relevant and advanced programmes of its type in Ireland. It also meets government guidelines for the sector and is approved by the Department of Social and Community affairs for ECCE funding.


The B.A (Hons) in Childhood and Adolescent Studies is specifically designed for those who want to develop skills to work at managerial level in the childcare and adolescent sector. This programme  provides a balance between the theoretical and practical elements of working with children and young adolescents.  The fields of childcare and adolescent care and practice have been integrated within one dynamic programme and it is envisaged that graduates will increase their employment potential  on completion of this programme due to the varied sectors they will be qualified to work in  as professional practitioners.

Can I study this programme on a full or part-time basis?

Students considering doing the B.A (Hons) in Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice Studies can take this course on either a full-time or part-time basis.The course will commence in September. The course is delivered over 4 years and each year has two twelve week terms, September to December and January to April.

The programme is run through a combination of classroom based modules as well as some that are ‘blended’.  The programme  uses both classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance. In certain modules attendance may be a requirement.

Full-time option:

The full-time programme runs 3 days per week at the ICHAS College Limerick from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Part-time option:

The part-time fees programme runs 1 evening per week (6pm to 10pm)  and saturdays (9.30am to 4.30pm) over the 2 semesters September to December and January to April.


A central component of the ICHAS vision is the provision of flexible and affordable education for all. In line with this approach, the fees for the programme whether full or part time are in line with those of Universities and Institutes of Technology. The fee for the B.A (Hons) in Childhood and Adolescent Studies is €3,450 p/a. Students can pay in instalments and all fees are fully protected under our Protection of Enrolled Learners’ Policy.

Academic Administration fees are charged separately and are €330 p/a.

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded

Structure of Course

The course covers a range of subjects which when taken together provide a syllabus designed to develop competent professional practitioners. The subjects covered are designed to be both practical and theoretical as per the table  below:

B.A (Hons) in Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice (QQI)
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Ethics & Practice Adolescent Care and Practice 1 Childhood Care and Practice 3 Childhood Care and Practice 4
Childhood Care and Practice 1 Adolescent Care and Practice 2 Adolescent Care and Practice 3 Adolescent Care and Practice 4
Childhood Care and Practice 2 Supervised Professional Practice 2 Supervised Professional Practice 3 Supervised Professional Practice 4
Developmental Psychology Sociology Counselling Skills and Practices in a Child and Adolescent Setting Research Project
Legal Issues in Childhood and Adolescent Care Contemporary Social Policy Management, Supervision & Administration Childhood Care and Practice 4
Supervised Professional Practice Research Methodologies and Methods Elective/Independent Study  
Ethics & Practice Adolescent Care and Practice 1 Childhood Care and Practice 3  
Childhood Care and Practice 1 Adolescent Care and Practice 2 Adolescent Care and Practice 3  


How will I be assessed?

The modules above will be assessed using a range of assessment approaches including continuous assessment, project work, practical exercises and terminal assessments.

ICHAS has always, and will continue to work closely with students to employ a range of assessment activities, and support students to achieve their best in each type of assessment activity. We recognise that many students may not have studied in a long time and we have developed systems and individual approaches to support students as they adapt to higher education.

What supports will I have?

ICHAS is a college with a proven track record in delivering high quality education. At ICHAS, every faculty member is committed to this ideal and to its implementation. We work on an individual basis with our students to bring this about, ensuring we meet your specific needs. We pride ourselves on working with our students to overcome any barriers to progression during their studies.

If you are returning to third level study as a mature student we understand you may have concerns about going or returning to college and all that’s involved. However, at ICHAS we have a long tradition of working with similar students. Your educational journey is extremely important to us and we will support you in every way.

Who Awards My Qualification and how well recognised is it?

On successful completion of the programme,  your qualification is awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and this will appear on your parchment. QQI is one of the principal Irish awarding bodies for the higher education sector in Ireland and sets the standards for awards on the NFQ.

This course is recognised in Ireland and all over Europe. See www.qqi.ie for further information.

Where Can I progress to on completion of the course?

Upon successful completion of the B.A (Hons) in Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice, students will be eligible to progress to the range of masters programmes offered at ICHAS, including the M.A in Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice and graduates will also be eligible to apply for Masters programmes in related disciplines at other 3rd level institutions.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

To join the B.A (Hons) in Childhood and Adolescent Care and Practice), applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Be over 18 years of age.
  • Complete and submit the completed application form <download here>and provide all requested information.
  • For non-CAO applicants, complete an interview process, which is designed to explore your reasons for taking the programme and to ensure that it is suitable for your needs. ICHAS is committed to ensuring that the programme you are on is right for you.
  • Complete the Garda vetting procedure.
  • English language proficiency certificates (e.g. IELTS of 6.0 or equivalent) if applicable. Please see http://ichas.ie/prospective-students/international-applicants/

If you are under 23 years of age and applying for the fulltime programme you have to  apply through the CAO website on www.cao.ie.  Normally this requires applicants to have successfully completed the Leaving Certificate programme and to have obtained a minimum of 250 points.  


If you have any difficulty in applying for this course, then please contact the college on 061 216288 where we will be only too pleased to assist you.

Employment potential for graduates can be viewed across the complete spectrum of occupations within the child and adolescent care sectors. A range of established as well as new professions are engaged in the provision of professional care to children and adolescents, including schools, crèches, statutory organisations, non-governmental agencies and the social work sector, among others.

The B.A (Hons) in Childhood and Adolescent Studies has many  features that make it one of the leading programmes of this type in Ireland, these include:

  • This programme is validated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), ensuring up to date teaching methods, programme content and quality.
  • It is delivered by lecturers who work in this field, who are passionate about your education and dedicated to sharing their experience and expertise.
  • The programme is recognised throughout Europe. On completion you will receive the Europass Diploma Supplement in addition to your degree parchment.
  • It is part of the affordable and flexible access system within ICHAS, meaning students pay the same fees as public college system.
  • It mixes theory and practice together to provide a complete understanding of the areas.
  • It is recognised widely by employers, opening opportunities to graduates in a range of different areas.
  • The course uses both classroom based and blended learning techniques. This allows the learner to access classes in person or using on-line facilities to allow for a better work/life/study balance. In certain modules attendance may be a requirement.
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