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Bachelor in Education (Primary)

2019 CAO Points:

CM001: 453 (Round 1) 452# (Round 2)

CM002: 421#

What is the Bachelor in Education (Primary)?

Helping young people learn has to be one of the most satisfying and rewarding careers of all. By choosing the Bachelor in Education (Primary) programme you embark on a four year course that will prepare you for working in primary schools in Ireland. You will find out how children learn to read, write,count and calculate; you’ll learn how to introduce them to the arts the magic and mysteries of the world around them and how to grow and develop in a healthy way.

What will I study?

Over the four years of the programme you will learn how to teach children aged from 4 to 12. In the foundation studies you will study how children learn, what factors influence their learning and how our understanding of this has changed over time. Advance your own knowledge of curriculum subjects and learn specific methods for teaching all primary school subjects. Experience the challenge and satisfaction of teaching through engaging in school placement in a supportive environment.

You will have the opportunity to study for a certificate in Catholic Religious Education in preparation for teaching in schools under the patronage of the Catholic Church. The opportunity to study for a certificate in Multi-belief and Ethical Curricula in Diverse School Contexts is also available to you.

School placement

During the four years of the B.Ed. programme, you will have a variety of placement experiences. You will have opportunities to experience placements in urban and rural schools, single sex and co-educational schools, multi-grade and single class situations, DEIS schools and Gaelscoileanna nó Scoileanna Gaeltachta. You will also engage in a Special Educational placement in the second year of your programme. This provides you with the opportunity to experience school life in a variety of contexts.


As part of the B.Ed. programme you must spend time, typically two two-week periods, in the Gaeltacht to develop your knowledge of the Irish language and culture. Students pay this fee directly to the Gaeltacht College.

What are my career options?

Most graduates of the B.Ed. programme become primary teachers in schools in the Republic of Ireland. Some travel abroad to teach English as an additional language or to teach in primary schools elsewhere. Occasionally graduates work in areas other than education such as in the media or in research.

What other options do I have?

In time some graduates pursue further studies in education at diploma, masters or doctoral level. Such additional qualifications open up possibilities of careers as a curriculum leader in a school, principal teacher, teacher educator, educational psychologist or as an inspector with the Department of Education and Skills.



Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4

School Placement & School Placement Studies
Middle Classes  Senior Classes           Early Years Education Linked to research project

Foundation Studies
  • Philosophical & Historical Understandings of Education 1
  • Psychology in Education 
  • Language Study
  • Sociology/Psychology in Education
  • Inclusive Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum & Assessment/Sociology
  • Philosophical & Historical Understandings of Education 2
  • Inclusive Education/Psychology/Early Childhood Education
  • Children’s Literature Studies

Curriculum Studies/Methodologies

  • English Methods/Irish Methods
  • Mathematics Methods/Social Environmental & Scientific Education (SESE)
  • Physical Education
  • Social Personal Health Education (SPHE)
  • Arts Education (Visual Arts)
  • Religious Education
  • English Methods/Irish Methods
  • Physical Education
  • Social Personal Health Education (SPHE)
  • Social, Environmental & Scientific Education (SESE)/Maths Methods
  • Arts Education (Drama)
  • English Methods/Irish Methods
  • Mathematics Methods
  • Social, Environmental & Scientific Education (SESE)
  • Arts Education (Music)
Professional Studies/The Practice of Teaching
  • Teaching & Learning 1 (Approximations of Practice)
  • Classroom Communication, Organisation & Management
  • Creative Technologies
  • Integration, Imagination & Innovation
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Communicative Competence in Irish & English for School & Community
  • Teacher as Knowledgeable Professional (Mathematics)
Subject Knowledge/Content Knowledge Competence Specialism
  • English/Irish Language, Literacy & Literature
  • English/Irish Language, Literacy & Literature          
  • Mathematics               
  • Research Specialism & Dissertation

General information

CAO codes: CM001/CM002

Duration: 4 years full-time

Award level: NFQ 8

ECTS Credits: 240

Awarding body: Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

Minimum entry requirements

No. of Leaving Cert subjects: 6

Grade H5 on a higher level paper in not less than three subjects.

Grade 06/H7 in three subjects 

Minimum grades:

Irish – H4

Maths – H7/O4

English – H7/O4

For more information on the minimum entry requirements and the CAO application process, please see here.

Mature Applications

Mature applicants must apply through the CAO by 5.15pm 1 February 2019. A mature student must be 23 years or over on 1 January in the year of intended entry. In mid-March, the CAO will email all mature applicants regarding whether they have met the minimum entry requirements. Any applicant who meets the eligibility criteria, and wishes to be assessed on mature grounds, will be advised to complete and return a 'Mature Student Supplementary Application Form' directly to the Admissions Office, BEd Mature Applicant Administrator, Registry, DCU, Glasnevin Campus, Dublin 9 by 5.15pm Wednesday 3rd April 2019. For further information regarding the minimum entry requirements and selection process for mature students, as set by the Department of Education and Skills, please see here