Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview

This programme provides unique and applied training that is not available anywhere else in Europe. The Arts (Children’s Studies) programme provides students with the knowledge, confidence and transferable skills to identify their preferred career path. Students on this programme are expected to work with children from the very first semester and throughout the four years, including a semester-long placement, thus mixing the academic experience with practical work.

Graduates will be well-placed to pursue careers in community development work, as integration support assistants (special needs assistants), and research, as well as to gain entry to postgraduate degrees in primary teaching, play therapy, social work, speech and language therapy, health promotion, arts administration, and public advocacy.

This programme is an excellent choice for students who would like to pursue a career as primary school teachers, as it also includes an option to study Gaeilge as part of the programme (optional); our graduates are very successful in applying to the PME (primary school teaching) as well as to other professional postgraduate degrees in social work and play therapy, largely due to the significant service learning and work placement experience they gather throughout the degree.

Click to view our video for BA Child and Youth Studies: BA (Children's Studies) from our May 2021 Virtual Open Day

Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate including Irish, English, another language, and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.

Additional Requirements

Students must satisfy the Garda/police vetting requirements.

4 Years

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)


Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

21 (More Info)

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Course Outline

Year 1

· Introduction to Children’s Studies

· Children in Social Contexts

· Children and Fairy tales

· Children and Health

· History of Childhood

· Developmental Psychology

Year 2

· Exploring Irish Childhoods

· Adolescents in Ireland: Healthy and Risky Behaviour

· Research Methods

· Child Law

· Educational Pedagogies: Policies and Practice

· Children and Storytelling

Year 3

· Child-Centred Research (Philosophy for Children)

· Children and Transitions

· Children and Play

· Twenty-First-Century Young Adult Literature

· Semester-Long Placement/Exchange

Year 4

· Children’s Rights

· Children and Theatre

· E-Literacy

· Connecting Research, Practice, and Policy in Children’s Lives

· Children, Culture and Media

· Applied Behavioural Analysis

· Supporting Children with Diverse Needs

Equivalent modules may be substituted from time to time for any of the above under exceptional circumstances and when approved by the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

International Links

Students who take a foreign language as part of their BA(Children’s Studies) will have the option to study for a semester at a European University under the ERASMUS exchange programme and/or carry out their second semester work placement abroad.

A limited number of international exchange opportunities (consideration for which is based on grade averages) are also available to students not studying a foreign language. These include working in partner international schools in Spain (SEK) and/or studying Children’s Studies at York University in Canada.

Further Education

What Our Students Say

“This course has given me the confidence and experience to progress my skills for working with children and has provided me with ample opportunity to work with children through service learning and placement.”

Jade Hume, BA (Children’s Studies) student

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The BA (Children’s Studies) provides students with the knowledge, confidence and transferrable skills to identify their preferred career path as well as to succeed in their chosen field nationally or internationally. Graduates will be well-placed to pursue careers in primary school teaching (this requires the addition of a Professional Master of Education), as inclusion support assistants (special needs assistants), in the social care sectors and community development work as well as to gain entry to postgraduate degrees in play therapy, social work, health promotion, speech and language therapy, children’s librarianship, museum work, arts administration, special-needs teaching, public advocacy and activism. Over the years, 88% of the graduates from programmes in the discipline of Children’s Studies are in further education or in employment.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€€5,738 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Tuition

€€2,598 p.a 2021/22

Fees: Student Contribution

€€3,000 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Student levy

€€140 p.a. 2021/22

Fees: Non EU

€€16,216 p.a. 2021/22

*EU Fees are comprised of Tuition + Student Contribution Charge + Student Levy

Student Levy:
  €140 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.  Further detail here https://su.nuigalway.ie/

Find out More

Dr Michal Molcho
Programme Director
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies

T: +353 91 493 668
E: michal.molcho@nuigalway.ie


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