Institute of Education

Bachelor of Education - Church of Ireland Pathway (Restricted Entry)

Bachelor of Education
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4 Years
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The Bachelor of Education will prepare you for a career as a Primary School Teacher where you’ll make a lasting impact on young children and on society. Graduates are prepared to teach in all schools across the primary sector.  You will take an additional qualification in Religious Studies & Religious Education to prepare you to teach the Follow Me programme, the Religious Education programme in use in primary schools under Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Society of Friends patronage.

The course will take your natural leadership abilities and fluid communication skills and equip you not only with subject knowledge, but also with the tools to motivate yourself and your students in the classroom, understand how children learn, navigate the school system, and develop your classroom management abilities.

All students take Education modules, do 30 weeks School Placement and visit the Gaeltacht for four weeks. You will also study specialisms relevant to teaching.

All entrants to this strand of the BEd programme must be aware of and willing to support the distinctive ethos of Protestant primary schools, 79% of which are small schools.

Our Bachelor of Education course is designed to help you become a skilled and creative teacher.

In Years One and Two, students cover the basics needed for teaching. You will come to understand how children think and learn in active ways. Your curriculum courses will prepare you to teach all the subjects of the primary curriculum using approaches that develop children’s understanding and motivation. You’ll also take modules in Psychology, Philosophy Sociology of Education and History of Education.

In Year Three, you’ll review what you’ve learned to date and will apply it in different situations. You’ll enrich your understanding of classroom contexts and of how to plan for rich learning experiences. You’ll learn how to work with children in ways that are democratic and enable them to engage in an ethical way with the world.

Year Four focuses on deepening your expertise. It will provide you with opportunities to think about big ideas in education such as social justice, inclusion and working in a school community. You will also undertake a research project.

Students spend time in schools in each year, with extended placements in each of Years Three and Four. You’ll start by observing the class teacher and will build up gradually to teaching all day. Throughout your placements, you’ll be supported by both faculty and school staff.

The majority of DC004 placements will be in schools under Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Society of Friends patronage with a particular focus on developing the experience and skills for teaching multi-grade classes in small schools.

In Year One you’ll select a specialism from English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, and Religious Studies.  Students on the DC004 pathway will also take a Gaeilge specialism in Year One.

Students on the DC004 pathway are required to follow a specific major specialism preparing them particularly to work in primary schools under Protestant patronage, 79% of which are small schools.  These students specialise in teaching in multi-level classes which will include modules on inclusive education, early childhood education, integrated and project-based learning and leadership, research and policy in small schools.  The expertise acquired by following this pathway will also be of great value to graduates who work in larger schools.


Be taught by internationally recognised experts in primary teacher education.
Gain experience in a broad range of classes in different types of schools.
Work within small groups where you'll get to know your fellow students well.
Make an impact with an action research project as part of your final school placement.

Life on Campus

We have three academic campuses close to Dublin City centre - they are located in Glasnevin and Drumcondra, and can be reached by public transport (Dublin Bus).

Each campus has libraries, study spaces, restaurants, and on-campus residencies. Sports facilities are located on two of the academic campuses. We also have a dedicated sports campus in the form of St Claire’s. 

Exceptional facilities

DCU students have access to exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our three academic campuses. 

These include modern learning theatres, research centres, new media and TV studio, radio/podcast studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced labs in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and training hospital ward. In 2021, we opened our first virtual reality ‘Leadership Lab’, which is located in our Business School.

Construction on our FutureTech building on the Glasnevin campus will get underway in 2022. Once completed, this facility will advance DCU’s international reputation for excellence in science and health, computing and engineering disciplines. It will have the capacity to accommodate an additional 3,000 STEM students on the university’s Glasnevin campus.

Campus life

DCU student facilities boast a fully equipped sports complex with a 25-metre pool, three libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre.

Our purpose built, state-of-the-art new student centre known as 'The U' serves the needs of a rapidly growing student body of 18,500. It is home to the Student Leadership and Lifeskills Centre, performing arts and cultural spaces for students and the wider community, and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Hub.

'DCU Students' Union and the Office of Student Life are also based in the U. The centre is a space for students where they can meet, with lots of charging points and isolation booths. Clubs and socs avail of meeting rooms here and it's also home to DCUFM. NuBar, Londis and the Venue are also located here.

There are more than 140 clubs and societies for students in DCU, with ‘Clubs & Socs’ days taking place on both the Glasnevin and Drumcondra campuses at the start of the academic year.

Student Supports

We have a number of academic, professional and social supports for students.

Student Advice Centre: Offers a wide range of supports and services to students and advice.

The Writing Centre - drop-in writing workshops for students through the academic year.

Maths Learning Centre - provides maths support for students of all ability levels with maths modules.

Student Learning: facilitate the transition from passive to active learning for students at DCU, by teaching study skills, nurturing critical thinking and building student confidence. 

Careers work with students to help them on their professional journey into graduate employment.

Our student support team offers a comprehensive support programme, helping students make that all important transition into university life and focusing on building confidence and skills which are key to success at third level.

Career Areas
Development Agencies
National Voluntary Organisations
Statutory Bodies
Career Tags
Content Writer
Educational Administrator
School Inspector
Teacher Educator


Leaving Cert

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply:  Minimum of H5 in no fewer than three subjects and a minimum of O6/H7 in three other subjects.  Programme requirements: Irish H4, English and Mathematics O4/H7.

Eligible candidates are required to complete an online supplementary form and pass a qualifying interview to be considered for a place on the programme. Applicants will be contacted by email with instructions on how to complete the online form.

 * DC004 Restricted Entry: students with minimum of H6 or O4 in Irish may be offered places but only if there are insufficient candidates meeting the H4 Irish requirement. Candidates with H5 take precedence over those with O4. A Link Module of the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme may be presented as one of the six subjects for the calculation of points but will not qualify as a subject for matriculation purposes.

To view DES entry requirements for non-mature applicants click here. Irish Language version, click here

GCE A Level

In addition to the general entry requirements for admission to the university the following entry requirements apply: Six subjects must be presented, at least three at GCE A Level with the remaining subjects at GCE AS or GCSE Level. Applicants must present the following subject requirements: GCSE Level C in both English and English Literature or GCSE Level B in either English or English Literature; GCE A Level C in Irish; GCSE Level D in Additional Mathematics or GCSE Level C in Mathematics; GCE A Level C in two further subjects; GCSE C in one other subject.

Eligible candidates are required to complete an online supplementary form and pass a qualifying interview to be considered for a place on the programme. Applicants will be contacted by email with instructions on how to complete the online form.

To view DES entry requirements for non-mature applicants click here. Irish Language version, click here

FET Level 5

No Entry Path

Bachelor of Education
EU Transfer Applications

*DC004: There is no entry path for Transfer Applications

International Applications

International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. For further information on international applications click here.


Full time

Student Contribution
€3,043 per annum
EU Status Fee
€5,607 per annum
Non EU Fee
€12,600 per annum
Material Charge
€175 Year 1 only

Next Steps

Mature Applicants

Apply through the CAO by 1st February. 

Please note that mature applicants can apply either on mature grounds or on points alone or both.

Information regarding the DES 2021 Mature Entry requirements are available here, Irish language version available here

Applicants presenting EU school Leaving Examinations

Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February.

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU. Applications should be submitted by 1st February.  Candidates are advised to apply early as places are limited. Please ensure you meet the programme requirements before applying.

EU Transfer Applicants

No Transfer Path

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at