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Bachelor of Nursing Science - General
Course Code: AS110
Mature Application Code:AS111

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 Requirement:
2HC3 + 4 OD3 or higher

  • 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 recognised for matriculation purposes.

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.


4 Years

Special Entry:

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

Admission route via FETAC qualifications:

Essential   FETAC awards

Essential FETAC Modules

Notes   (Info)

DCHSN or 5M4349


DHSXX or 5M3782

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

  • D20001 or        5N0749
  • D20012 or        5N4325
  • D20032 or        5N1279 OR C20006 or 5N2746


Only one place is available per programme therefore places will be offered on a competitive basis, based on the student�s score.

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.

Career Opportunities

Downloads & Other Information

Undergraduate Prospectus

Useful Information

  • CAO Points 2013: Range 475-405 (Note 68% had 415 points or greater)
  • CAO Points 2012: Range 535-410 (Note 87.5% had 420 point or greater)
  • Contact Details

    Helen Mc Gloin
    T: 071 – 91 35 610

    FAQ New Home Economics Programme

    Why is the programme going from four to five years?
    The programme is going from four to five years in keeping with Teaching Council recommendations in the areas of subject criteria and guidelines for Initial Teacher Education Programmes. Since 2014 all postgraduate teacher training programmes have become two years long, meaning the number of years of required study across the board has risen to five.

    Will the student workload be lighter because of the longer duration?
    The student work load will not change significantly.

    What qualification will I have after completing the course?
    The qualification will be a Professional Master of Education (PME) in Home Economics, NFQ Level 9. 

    Can I graduate with a degree after four years and complete the Master of Education at a later date?
    Yes. An Exit Award will be available at the end of Year 4.  This will be a BA (Education, Home Economics and Gaeilge or Religious Education or Biology or Economics).

    Will I automatically progress into the Masters after the Undergraduate stage?
    Students do not have to compete for a place in the fifth stage (Master of Education). However, students must reach the required standard of H2.2 after Stage 4 before they can progress into Stage 5.

    Will I be qualified to teach after stage 4?
    No, students must successfully complete Year 5, Professional Masters in Education (with Home Economics) to gain their teaching qualification recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland.

    What fees apply to the restructured programme?
    The current Registration Fee of 2,750 will only be applicable to the first 4 years of the programme. It is our understanding, at this time, that students will be liable for fees in the 5th year as opposed to the State. The fee structure has yet to be negotiated and agreed with the Higher Education Authority. The Registration Fee (2,750) does not apply to Postgraduate Fees. Fees have yet to be set but we expect them to be in the region of 4,000 for Year 5 of the programme.

    What financial assistance will be available?
    For the first four years financial assistance will be the same as for other undergraduate courses and details can be found at the following link.
    Financial assistance for fees is available to eligible students during the postgraduate year of the course. However, maintenance payments are not available for postgraduate courses. Please see details at the following link.
    The Student Assistance Fund is also available to assist students who are experiencing financial hardship.  Please see details at and

    Will there still be alternative entry routes such as Mature, Access, HEAR, DARE ?
    Yes. Contact will need to be made with St. Angela’s Access Officer Karen Kennedy at 071 9195575 or email

    When will the restructured programme come into effect?
    September 2015.

    What is the breakdown per year of school placements?
    BA 1st Year 3 weeks Mainstream Post-primary
    BA 2nd Year 4 weeks - Mainstream Post-primary
    BA 3rd Year 4 weeks - Mainstream Post-primary
    BA 4th Year 4 weeks - Mainstream Post-primary and Special Community and Further Education settings (which are recognised in accordance with Section 10 of the Education Act,1998)
    PME 10 weeks - Mainstream Post-primary

    What will the programme be called on the CAO form?

    • AS001 Home Economics with Biology Second Level Teaching
    • AS002 Home Economics with Religious Education Second Level Teaching
    • AS003 Home Economics with Irish Second Level Teaching
    • AS004 Home Economics with Economics Second Level Teaching

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