**Next Module: Childhood Social, Legal, and Health Issues, FEB 22nd 2020**

The QQI Level 6 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education consists of 120 credits.

There are seven modules, each worth 15 credits (105 in total), and the remaining 15 credits are usually made up of learners having completed their Level 5 Childcare Award. There are five mandatory modules and the remaining modules are taken from a specific a list of optional modules. At Aspire Training the programme modules offered are as follows:

Level 6 – Module Name: Credit Value:
Childhood Social Legal and Health Studies 6N1945 (Mandatory) 15 Credits
Early Childhood Curriculum 6N1944 (Mandatory) 15 Credits
Supervision in Early Childhood Care 6N1973 (Optional but advised) (1st module) 15 Credits
Child Development 6N1942 (Mandatory) 15 Credits
Work Experience 6N1946 (Mandatory) 15 Credits
Communications 6N1950 (Mandatory) 15 Credits
Child Psychology 6N2023 (Optional) 15 Credits
Special Needs Assisting 6N1957 (Optional) 15 Credits

You must complete all of the mandatory modules, plus optional modules, to the value of 30 credits to achieve your full Level 6 Major Award.

Course Structure – Blended Learning

Aspire Training currently offers the QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education Programme on a blended learning basis.

Blended learning offers learners the opportunity to complete their studies from home, similar to distance learning, with the added support of a workshop-style class, live chat and weekly online support from their tutor.

Learners will attend a one day workshop per module, usually on a Saturday, but some weekdays may be included. The remainder of the course is delivered through online support over a six-week period. See below for an example of how each module is structured.

Week 1 Learners will receive an email from their tutor and a list of recommended reading.
Week 2 Learners will attend a six-hour workshop (usually on a Saturday). Workshops will give learners the opportunity to meet their tutor face to face, exchange details with other learners completing the programme, and offer extensive support in relation to the assignments required for each module.
Week 3 Learners will participate in a group live chat session, following the workshop. This will be led by the tutor.
Week 2 – 7 Learners will have access to tutor support via email from Sunday to Thursday each week. All emails will be responded to within 24 hours of being submitted.
Week 7 For certain modules: Exams will take place or practical demonstrations if required – this varies per module.


All tutors on this programme are qualified in their specific fields to a minimum of degree level (Level 8). Our tutors also have practical experience in their individual fields along with experience and qualifications in adult training and development.

Course Materials

Learners will be issued with all assessment materials and sent a recommended online reading list for each module. Some modules will require the purchase of a book (usually retailing at €30 new, but widely available second hand).

Entry Requirements

Learners should have completed the QQI Level 5 Award in Early Childhood Care and Education, or equivalent. Relevant work/life experience may be considered. Competence in written and oral English is essential. Learners should be confident in the use of, and have access to, internet and email.

Work Experience

It is recommended that learners completing this programme should be working in the area of childcare, or have access to at least 20 hours of voluntary work in an early years setting, per module.


The fee for each module is €295. Payment is made on a module-by-module basis; learners are not expected to pay for all eight modules upfront. A €100 deposit is required to secure your place and the remaining balance of €195 is due just before the workshop class in each module.

Click on the link below if you would like to secure your place on this training course: https://www.aspiretraining.ie/registration-form/