The QQI Level 5 Major Award in Early Childhood Care and Education consists of 120 credits.

There are eight modules, each worth 15 credits (120 in total), some of which are mandatory modules, and some of which are elective (you choose two). At Aspire Training, the programme modules offered are as follows:

Level 5 – Module Name:Credit Value:
Child Development 5N1764 (Mandatory) 15 Credits
Child Health and Well Being 5N1765 (Mandatory)15 Credits
Early Care and Education Practice 5N1770
15 Credits
Early Childhood Education and Play 5N1773 (Mandatory)15 Credits
Work Experience 5N1365 (Mandatory)15 Credits
Communications 5N0690 (Mandatory)15 Credits
Social Studies 5N1370 (Optional)15 Credits
Level 5 Special Needs Assisting 5n1786 (Optional) 15 Credits
Level 6 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 5 Major Award.

Early childcare and childhood education training

Course Structure – Blended 1:1 Learning

Aspire Training currently offers the QQI Level 5 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. Participants in these courses will receive 1:1 support from their tutors in the form of skype/zoom calls, email, live chat, and a tutor will be available during office hours, via phone call, to answer any queries that might arise between sessions.

Sessions may be accommodated online or onsite depending on a learner’s needs, location, and government COVID 19 guidelines.

Once a learner has registered, their tutor will contact them to discuss a learning plan that will suit the needs, and availability, of the learner. 


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). Check out BookDepository.com or similar sites.

Entry Requirements

Learners should have completed a QQI Level 4 Award or similar. Relevant work/life experience will also 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.

IT Requirements

Basic working knowledge of how to use a computer with access to the internet is required for this course.

How to use Zoom

How to use Microsoft Word/Google Documents. This includes how to type, save, edit and send documents and e-mails.

Computer must have sound and microphone working

Work Experience

It is recommended that learners completing this programme should 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 deposit of €100.00 is required to secure your place and the remaining balance of €195 is due two weeks after a module commences.

If a learner wishes to book all eight modules together, we can offer the full course, of eight modules, at a discounted price of €1450.00


If you are in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, on a CE Scheme, or participating in activation schemes you may be eligible for some funding. Please contact the office on 044 93 48936 for further advice in relation to this.

More information on the funding process and how to apply is available here


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

** Although some of our courses are indeed self-paced, we do still expect learners to complete their coursework within a 6 month time period. If you feel like you will need longer than this, please contact the office.