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Bachelor of Nursing Science - General
Course Code: AS110

Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) - General - Level 8
Registration as a nurse with An Bord Altranais
This programme is accredited by NUI Galway

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate Subject Requirements:

H5 in two higher level papers and O6/H7 in four ordinary or higher

level papers in the Republic of Ireland Leaving Certificate Examination

in the following subjects:

  • Irish * (not Foundation Level)
  • English
  • Mathematics (not Foundation Level)
  • A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry, or Agricultural Science)
  • Any two other subjects accepted for matriculation registration purposes.


Equivalent Qualifications.

*An applicant who has an official Department of Education and

Science exemption from Irish in the Leaving Certificate must: apply

to the NUI for exemption and include another subject to make up

the six subjects specified above.


Note: All students undertaking the Bachelor of Nursing Science will be required to complete a Medical Assessment Self Declaration Form and Garda Clearance Enquiry Form.

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

4 Years

Fees (euro):

See details here regarding fees for the Bachelor of Nursing Science General Programme.


Additional programme costs:

Essential Booklist: Average 150 Euro

Scrub Top: Average 25 Euro

Special Entry:

St. Angela's College/NUI Galway Access Programme Places (1)
Fetac Qualification Places (1)
HEAR Places (1)

Admission route via QQI qualifications:

Essential   QQI awards

Essential QQI Modules

Notes   (Info)

(DCHSN) Nursing Studies or (5M4349) Nursing Studies

(DCHSX) Community & Health Services

(DHSXX) Health Care Support or (5M3782)Health Care Support 

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in   the FETAC level 5/6 (NCVA level 2/3) qualification which must include:

  • (D20001) Anatomy & Physiology  or (5N0749) Anatomy & Physiology 
  • (D20012) Introduction to Nursing  or (5N4325) Introduction to Nursing 
  • (D20032) Human Growth and Development  or (5N1279)Human Growth and Development OR (C20006) Biology or (5N2746) Biology


Only one place is available per programme therefore places will be offered on a competitive basis.

Next Intake:

September 2020

Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) – General, is a four year degree pre-registration programme.  On completion of the programme graduates will be eligible to register as a General Nurse with An Bord Altranais having obtained an honours degree awarded by NUI Galway. The programme is offered in conjunction with Sligo General Hospital and other Health Service Executive organisations and groups in the Western region.  The overall aim of this programme is to enable students to become nurses who are knowledgeable, insightful, questioning, skilled and caring.

What is General Nursing?
General Nurses care for persons of all ages, in hospitals, GP practices and in the communities where they live.  They work as part of a team of health care professionals (Doctor; Physiotherapist; Occupational therapists etc.) who look after a person’s physical; psychological; spiritual and social wellbeing.  They care for persons with various types of conditions (acute & chronic physical illnesses) and also have a key role in helping those who have had an illness to recover to their optimum well-being.  Another dimension of the role of a general nurse is to teach ‘healthy’ persons how to maintain their health through adopting healthy lifestyle practices (e.g. Not smoking).  During the programme students will get the opportunity to observe and participate in the care provided by general nurses in a wide variety of areas such as:
Medical and surgical wards; Accident & Emergency; Home Nursing/Community; Intensive care; Care of the elderly; Maternity & Child care; Operating Theatre; Mental  Health & Psychiatry.

This BNSc General programme is four calendar years in duration.  The practice of nursing is at the heart of the programme.  Each year of study of the programme is divided into two semesters (September-December & January-May) and within each semester students will study on average four modules.  Modules are both theory and clinically based.  Two thirds of the theory component of the programme is devoted to nursing subjects, one sixth to science subjects and one sixth to the social sciences.  In order to meet a variety of learning styles, we use various methods of teaching such as lectures, seminars, group work, role play, workshops, and practical skills training.  We assess learning through essays; exams; posters; group presentations and by observing students completing a nursing skill.   
In each semester students will undertake at least one clinical module whereby time will be spent in the hospital or community learning the art of general nursing.  Students spend over half of the programme in the hospital or community settings.   In the final year students are in the hospital or community from January to September and are very much part of the team of health care professionals delivering care.

Why study General Nursing at St. Angela’s College, Sligo?

  • University level nurse education in the North West
  • Small friendly campus which facilitates individual student attention.
  • Outstanding clinical skills facilities.
  • Sligo General Hospital has a long history of providing excellent nurse education.
  • Dedicated year leaders and personal tutors
  • Lectures are both qualified nurses and hold a teaching qualification
  • Access to the renowned library facilities of NUI Galway.

Further Studies

Many nurses following their initial registration/degree chose to undertake further study in order to enhance their nursing practice and career opportunities. At St. Angela's College, Sligo, we offer a number of postgraduate diplomas and a masters degree. Nationwide there are a host of programmes that nursing graduates can pursue after attaining an initial degree.

Further Studies

Career Opportunities

From a careers perspective this programme will provide students with an academic and professional qualification that is recognised world-wide. Graduates will be in a position to work in a variety of settings such as general ward based nursing; the community or in specialists areas such as Accident & Emergency Department or Health promotion units. Once some nursing experience is gained graduates may decide to specialise in a particular type of nursing or consider branching into another discipline of nurse (e.g. midwifery); management or education. As a nurse there are career opportunities available at regional, national and international levels.

Downloads & Other Information

Undergraduate Prospectus

Useful Information

  • CAO Points 2017: 387
  • 2017 Mature entry BNSc General: 175 points (Assessment test)
  • See the below link for further details on the assessment test:

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