Award Type and NFQ level : UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE (8)

CAO/PAC code : MH002

CAO Points : 000

Closing Date : 01 July 2024

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Duration: 4 years

The Bachelor of Education (primary teaching) and the postgraduate degree in primary teaching (called the Professional Master of Education) are both designed to prepare students to become primary school teachers within the Republic of Ireland (both qualifications may offer the opportunity to work in many countries internationally). A varied and diverse experience, the Bachelor of Education – a four-year degree prepares students to teach within primary schools where children are exposed to a broad and varied curriculum.

The Department also offers a second route into primary teaching through our Professional Master of Education (Primary). This is a postgraduate qualification and is a two year, full time course, which students apply for once they have graduated from their first degree. See the Graduate Studies website for details.

  • Child-centred and active approaches to teaching are central to the Froebel philosophy and permeate the ethos in the Department.
  • The foundation disciplines of Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology and History of Education form the theoretical basis for this degree.
  • Education modules and school-based practice within a variety of placement settings feature across all 4 years, as well as a placement in the Gaeltacht for 2 fortnight blocks at Easter in second and third year.
  • Graduates are eligible to register with the Teaching Council and are qualified to teach in primary schools in Ireland.
  • As the Department is named after the famous educational philosopher, Friedrich Froebel, our programmes reflect his ideology by incorporating active, student-centred approaches to our teaching.

A year of study is 60 credits.

As a Single Major Bachelor of Education degree, a range of education-related topics are studied in first, second, third and fourth year.

This degree is designed to prepare students to be primary school teachers. You will take Education modules and a school-based placement across all four years of this professional teaching degree, as well as a placement in the Gaeltacht for two fortnight blocks in years two and three of the degree.

Course Duration: 4 years (BEd)

Graduates are eligible to register with the Teaching Council and are qualified to teach in primary schools in Ireland.

  • Further training: Educational Psychology, Educational Management, Special Educational Needs;
  • Other areas include volunteering in developing countries, authoring of educational texts, third level teacher education, civil service.

Visit the Graduate Studies website for more information about postgraduate options.

This table displays the requirements for Leaving Certificate applicants.
Subject Required Ordinary Level Grade Higher Level Grade
Irish Yes N/A H3
English Yes O4 H7
Language No N/A N/A
Math Yes O4 H7
Science No N/A N/A

International & EU/EFTA Entry Requirements

Mature Students

Mature Applicants 

Mature applicants are assessed separately to school-leavers. Mature applicants are 23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University. For part-time degrees the mature age is 21. 

Click here to be taken to our mature applicant information page - tab 3 on that page outlines application steps for this degree.

Mature applicants who have a disability 

If you have a disability or specific learning difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), and require examination support for any written tests that may be required, please submit supporting documentation by 15 March 2024 to the Access Office. 

Unfortunately we are unable to consider applications for alternative examination accommodation after this deadline. 

For further information on the supporting documentation required, as well as examination and other supports visit the Access Office website.

01 February 2024

Additional Information

MH002 is another application route for students who reside in officially designated Gaeltacht Language Planning areas and who use Irish as the normal language of the home (applicants must include their Eircode when applying to MH002). Applicant details are forwarded to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to determine eligibility for this route. Entry requirements are the same as per MH001 except H3 Irish required for MH002. 

Leaving Certificate Applicants

3H5 & 3O6/H7 grades. Minimum entry requirements H3 Irish, O4/H7 English and Mathematics. MH002 Round 1 Points 2023: No Offers

Health Information Form

Prior to entry, candidates are required to complete a Health Status Information Form.


Two fortnight blocks must be spent in the Gaeltacht during years two and three of the degree (there is an additional cost for this).

National Vetting Bureau

Offers of places on this programme are subject to a satisfactory background check by the National Vetting Bureau.


DARE: The Disability Access Route to Education is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education.

HEAR: The Higher Education Access Route is a third level admissions scheme for school leavers from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Contact the Access Office for more information about these access routes.



The application process depends on the type of applicant you are. Click here for all information about how to apply.

Categories of applicant:

  • School-leavers (Leaving Certificate students)
  • Mature students (23 years or older by 1st January in the year of entry to the University/part-time degrees the mature age is 21)
  • EU/EFTA/UK students
  • International students (outside the EU)
  • QQI (Further Education) students
  • Transferring students
  • Deferring students
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