Congratulations Cliona (Childcare Level6) on getting your place in Mary I

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CCL would like to wish congratulations to one of its own on her successful entry into year 2 of her chosen course in Mary Immaculate College after successfully completing Level 5 & Level 6 Childcare.

Graduating from CCL this October Cliona Owens is delighted to take up her place in Year 2 of Early Childhood Care and Education BA in Mary Immaculate College.  We caught up with Cliona lately to congratulate her on her success and ask her about her time at CCL

I attended Central College for 2 years completing both level 5 and level 6 in Early Childhood Education and Care.  I loved both courses so much and they really gave me an understanding of what working with children was like.  My favourite module from level 5 would’ve been Child Development and from level 6 I loved furthering my studies in Child Development but also in Child Psychology.

In order to complete direct entry into second year of BA Early Childhood Education and Care I had to complete both level 5 and level 6. I needed all distinctions in my level 6 course to be able to complete an application form.  Then, within the application form I needed to complete the form and also provide two relevant references. I got a reference from my tutor Aisling Kirby and from my work experience manager from the crèche Poppins.  Finally, once the application form had been approved I got called for an interview and an examination.

Within the interview I got asked my thoughts on childcare and my previous experiences with childcare. They asked what challenges occurred and some changes I would like to make.  Following the interview I then had to complete and examination which was in the style of an essay and was the duration of 40 minutes. The topic of the exam was;
“Explain current challenges in early childhood Ireland and provide possible solutions”

Through direct entry Mary Immaculate College offer 5% of students a place before the CAO applicants apply. Thankfully I was lucky enough to be within this 5%

Undoubtedly I could not have completed any of this process without the help of my tutors and the community at CCL. It is an extremely down to earth and friendly college and the tutors are extremely helpful. I am thankful for my time at Central College and I most definitely recommend it to every student.

According to course coordinator Aisling Kirby, Cliona was an excellent all round students who managed a part-time job with college commitments, while still meeting deadlines and having a social life.  She received an excellent work experience report and was always well motivated.

CCL students have experienced success gaining entry to Mary Immaculate College particularly into Year 2 of the Early Childhood Care and Education BA (degree program). Course coordinator Aisling says when students take on board direction from their course tutors, anything is possible.

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