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Bachelor of Arts (Health & Disability Studies)
Course Code: AS052

Bachelor of Arts
Level 8
Honours degree

Entry Requirements:

Minimum grade H5/05 in two subjects and H6/06 in four other subjects at H or O level in the leaving certificate including: Irish, English, another language and three other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
There is a QQI FET/FETAC pathway for entry onto this course.
Points 2016: Range: 250 - 390

Special Entry

St Angelas College Access programme


QQI FET/FETAC Requirements

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Must possess distinctions in 5 modules.


Multiple sittings allowed.


As the number of places is limited they will be offered on a competitive basis, based on the student’s score.


This programme qualifies under the HEAR and DARE please visit here for further details.

3 years

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Programme Overview

This Bachelor of Arts programme is designed to explore the concepts and principles of Health, Wellness and Disability in the 21st century. The programme will give the student  a critical understanding of the issues that people encounter in relation to health & wellness and disability. Students will examine the opportunities and challenges involved in developing and delivering services that are appropriate, accessible and equitable. Students will explore the evolution and development of  theory, policy and practice in these areas. This degree will inform the student about the wider issues in Health, Wellness & Disability and  offer them an array of options once they have completed the programme of study.

This degree will explore health in its broadest sense, examining not only the concepts and determinants of health & wellbeing but also the attitudes of society towards health and how health maintenance can be supported.
The concepts that underpin our understanding of disability and how we as a society respond to disabled people are examined. It is envisaged that students completing this programme would be ideally suited to contribute to the development, planning and delivery of excellent services in these fields.

This degree will explore health in its broadest sense, examining not only the concepts & determinants of health & wellbeing but also the attitudes of society towards health and how health maintenance can be supported. The experience of having a disability is explored by examining the concepts that underpin our understanding of disability and looking at how we as a society respond to the person with disability.  The Disability Act (2005) makes provision for improved access to public services, by people with disabilities. It is envisaged that students completing this degree would be ideally suited to work in the planning/development/delivery of various division of health and disability service.

Year 1

  • Concepts of Health and Wellbeing
  • Concepts and Paradigms of Disability
  • Promoting Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Human Rights and Equality
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Academic Study and Writing Skills
  • Mapping the Lived Experience with Disabled People in Ireland
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Understanding Politics
  • Health Deviation
  • Effective Communication

Year 2

  • Disability and the Media
  • Social & Political Determinants of Health
  • Social Inclusion
  • Advocacy
  • Economics of Public and Social Policy
  • Epidemiology of Health
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Communities in Focus
  • Sexuality & Relationships
  • Health Promotion
  • Evidence Based Theory
  • Healthy Growth & Development Across the Lifespan

Year 3

  • Ethics in Health and Disability Studies
  • Governance
  • Research Utilisation
  • Health and Disability Economics
  • Mainstreaming Disability
  • Leadership
  • Project Planning in Health and Disability
  • Policy Development in Health and Disability
  • Law in Health and Disability

Equivalent modules may be substituted from time to time, for any of the above modules under exceptional circumstances approved by the College of Arts, NUI Galway.

Further Studies

NUI Galway and St. Angelas College Sligo offer a range of postgraduate programmes that will be suited to the graduates of the BA (Health and Disability Studies). Students may also choose to pursue further studies leading to professional qualifications such as social work, speech and language therapy or occupational therapy; or to pursue further studies in the areas of Disability Studies, Health Studies or  Community Develoment for example.

Further Studies

Career Opportunities

This degree programme will offer a wide range of career opportunities. Graduates will have the requisite knowledge and transferable skills to work in the areas of health or disability at the individual, group or community level. They may pursue a career in the public service, voluntary or statutory agencies or in the private sector.

Graduates of the BA Health & Disability Studies may be involved in

  • Service delivery: actually providing the service that the disability / health organisation is focused upon.
  • Fundraising: ensuring the success of the organisation through marketing, campaigning, communications, PR, grant applications, co-ordinating donations etc.
  • Policy research or strategy: keeping abreast of political developments, identifying key stakeholders in the decision-making process at European, national, regional and local government level, researching international trends etc.
  • Administration: issues such as managing staff and budgets, and volunteer co-ordination (recruitment, training and co-ordination). Administrators can often be key employees within this sector and requirements include good interpersonal ability, IT expertise and administrative skills.

Graduates will be prepared to play leadership roles in such settings as:

  • Community service agencies
  • State and local government agencies
  • International human rights and non-governmental organizations
  • National policy or advocacy organizations
  • Disability & Community Care Services

For example; Acquired Brain Injury Ireland,  Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Aware, Bodywhys, Care Alliance Ireland, Centre for Independent Living,  Cheshire Ireland,,  Diabetes Federation of Ireland, Down Syndrome Ireland, Enable Ireland,  Health Action Overseas, Irish Wheelchair Association, Sophia Housing Association Ltd, Special Olympics Ireland, Spinal Injuries Ireland, The Carers Association, Voluntary Service International, The Equality Authority, Citizen Information Board, Women’s Health Council and Office for Social Inclusion.
The programme is also relevant to the needs of people already employed in these areas who wish to gain a relevant qualification. 

Downloads & Other Information

Postgraduate / Adult and Continuing Education Prospectus

Useful Information

  • CAO Points 2013: Range 390-235 (Note 50% had 320 points or greater)
  • CAO Points 2012: Range 410-235 (Note:61.5% had 305 points or greater)
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