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Bachelor of Education

Bachelor of Education

  • CAO CodeDC002
  • Course Type Undergraduate
  • NFQ Level 8
  • Delivery Modes Full-Time
  • Min Points 2019 #462 (not all on this points score were offered places)
  • Duration 4 Years

Course Fees

  • Student Contribution€3,043
  • EU Status Fee€5,607
  • Non EU Fees€12,600
About fees & requirements

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.

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’ll also study specialisms relevant to teaching.

Why do this course?

  • Be taught by with internationally recognised experts in primary teacher education.
  • Gain experience in a broad range of classes in different types of schools.
  • Select from a range of specialisms designed to prepare you to be a leader and innovator in education.
  • 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.

Student Voice

On the Bachelor of Education course we are equipped with all the tools to guide and support young growing minds.  As well as learning how to teach the subjects on the primary school curriculum, your knowledge and understanding of the world will deepen through great interactive lectures.

Colm Bannon, BEd

About the course

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 will review what you’ve learned to date and will apply it in different situations. Your understanding of classroom contexts and of how to plan for rich learning experiences will be enriched. 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 will start by observing the class teacher and will build up gradually to teaching all day. Throughout your placements, support will be provided by both faculty and school staff.

The BEd also enables you to specialise in key areas of learning. In Year One you’ll select a maximum of three from English, Gaeilge, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, and Religious Studies. You can continue with one of these as a Major Specialism in Years Two to Four. Alternatively, you may decide to opt for Early Childhood Education, Digital Learning, Science Education, Human Development, Physical Education, Literacy Education, Geo Learning, or Special and Inclusive Education. (The number of places on some specialisms is restricted and options are subject to change).

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Course Life

We have a unique and vibrant culture on our modern campus close to Dublin city centre. We provide state-of-the-art study facilities for all our courses and everything else you need for a healthy, fun and active student life.


Exceptional Facilities
DCU students enjoy exceptional teaching and learning facilities across our 3 academic campuses. These include modern learning theatres, research centres, television and sound studios, classrooms, computer suites and advanced laboratories in the areas of languages, engineering, physics, chemistry and biotechnology, as well as a sports performance centre and a virtual hospital ward.


A Vibrant, Dynamic Social Environment
Student facilities include a superb sports complex with a 25 metre pool, two libraries and The Helix, our renowned performing arts centre. In 2016 we announced plans to invest over €230m in developing new, world-class facilities across our three academic campuses. Already building has begun on an exciting, new €14m Student Centre that will be home to the more than one hundred and twenty student clubs and societies. This commitment to student facilities means that our world-class learning experiences are complemented by a vibrant, dynamic social environment.


The BEd degree is not only a gateway to the primary teaching profession, but also to a number of other careers, including:

  • Consultant
  • Content Writer
  • Educational Administrator
  • Principal
  • Researcher
  • School Inspector
  • Teacher
  • Teacher Educator

In these areas


Leaving Certificate

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 or H7 in three other subjects, to include minimum of H4 in Irish; O4 or H7 in English; O4 or H7 in Mathematics.  

To view DES entry requirements for non-mature applicants 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 A Level D in Additional Mathematics or GCSE Level C in Mathematics.  

To view DES entry requirements for non-mature applicants click here.

FETAC Level 5

No Entry Path

Transfer Applications

DC002 and DC003: Requests will be considered from students who are about to complete or have recently successfully completed the first year of a full-time BEd degree course or its equivalent in a recognised third level institution nationally. Applicants must meet the entry requirements of the class to which they are requesting transfer, normally including the CAO points’ requirement. Applicants who entered their current course on mature grounds must satisfy the course entry requirements for mature students. Applicants may be required to attend for interview. Transfer is subject to availability of places.

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.

How to Apply and Closing Dates

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations

Applicants presenting EU School Leaving examinations: Apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) by 1st February or 1st May

Applicants presenting examinations from outside the EU

Candidates should apply directly to DCU on an ongoing basis up to 1st July.  Candidates are advised to apply early as places are limited

Mature Applicants

Apply through the CAO by 1st February. In March, those meeting the eligibility criteria; those intending to sit the Leaving Certificate and applicants presenting GC(S)E in 2019 must complete a supplementary form.  All eligible applicants will be contacted and sent a supplementary form which must be completed and returned, candidates will then be invited to attend for a general interview and oral Irish examination.

Applicants sitting examinations in 2019 will be included in this invitation provided they meet the minimum entry requirements or are intending to sit Leaving Certificate/GC(S)E examinations before August 2019.

Applicants will be offered places in order of merit. There is a common order of merit list for St Patrick's Campus, DCU, Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, NUI Maynooth and Marino Institute of Education. Candidates who have failed the interview on two previous occasions are not eligible to reapply.

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

Information regarding the DES 2019 Mature Entry requirements are available here

Make an Application

Candidates required to apply through the CAO can apply online at
Candidates required to apply directly to DCU can download, print and complete a direct application form by clicking here

Fees & Payments

An Automated Telephone system is available 24 X 7 on the following number 01-253-0219. This number is for Student Fee payments only and you or a third party are required to have your student ID number, date of birth and a card on which the payment is to be made.

International students are advised to use our Pay to Study platform which is an easier and safer way to pay fees.

For complete information about payment methods & Schedules, download the DCU fees booklet and also our Student Fee Protocol Booklet.

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Bachelor of Education Course Fees

Course Student Contribution EU Status Fee Non EU Fees
Full Time €3,043 €5,607 €12,600

Note: all first year students on this programme are additionally liable for a material charge of €175