Welcome to
Our Lady's College Galway

P: 091 563495
W: info@ourladyscollegegalway.ie

Newtownsmith, Galway City H91DP11


From September 2019 OLCG will operate on one campus only in Newtownsmith

PLC – QQI Level 5 Childcare


QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care & Education


This course will not be available for  the 2018/19 academic year.


This qualification allows you to work in a variety of childcare settings or as a special needs assistant.


Course Outline

The course consists of 8 modules:


  • Child Development
  • Child Health & Well Being
  • Children with Additional Needs
  • Early Care and Education Practice
  • Early Childhood Education & Play
  • Nutrition
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

Work Experience takes place one day per week throughout the academic year.


1 year full-time


Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied, QQI Level 4 or equivalent qualifications from other countries
  • Relevant life experiences or work experience
  • Students will need to undergo the Garda Vetting process.



Early Childhood Care & Education QQI Level 5 Award (5M2009)


Career Opportunities & Progression

Learners who successfully complete the Level 5 Early Childhood Care & Education Major Award will have many specialized opportunities available to them. Professional routes include working in:

  • Pre-School Centres
  • Creches
  • After School Clubs
  • Childcare Residential Centres
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Childminding/Nannies

Learners may also pursue further studies to Level 6 Awards in various Institutes of Technology e.g. A.I.T., Sligo I.T.


The course fees for 2017/2018 are €250

Maintenance grants are available to eligible students according to the Department of Education & Science. Application forms are available from Local Authorities.


Download application form here:  PLC Application Form



Please return completed application forms to:

Our Lady’s College

Presentation Rd.


error: Content is protected !!