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Bachelor of Nursing Science - Intellectual Disability (ID)
Course Code: AS130

Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) - Intellectual Disability (ID) - 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

Special Entry:

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

Next Intake:

September 2020

Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) – Intellectual Disability, is a four year degree pre-registration programme.  On completion of the programme graduates will be eligible to register as an Intellectual Disability Nurse with An Bord Altranais having obtained an honours degree awarded by NUI Galway.  The programme is offered in conjunction with Cregg House 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 Intellectual Disability Nursing?
Registered Nurses Intellectual Disability (RNID) develop the ordinary life skills we all take for granted so that persons with an intellectual disability can live their lives as fully and independently as possible. RNIDs work in children’s services, adult services, services for the elderly and in respite services supporting people throughout their lives.  RNIDs work within a team of other nurses; other health care professionals such as physiotherapists; occupational therapists etc. and teachers supporting persons with an intellectual disability and their families.  They work in a variety of settings such as in the person’s home supporting the individual and their families; in residential settings supporting people with complex needs in living fulfilled lives, assisting them with everyday life skills and their social activities.  They also support persons with an intellectual disability to live and integrate as fully as possible in their local communities.

This BNSc Intellectual Disability 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 Cregg House services, community houses or schools, learning how to support persons with an intellectual disability in their day to day living.  Students spend over half of the programme working in various areas where persons with an intellectual disability live, are educated, work and socialise.
In the final year students are working with persons with an intellectual disability in all of the settings outlined above from January to September.

Why study Intellectual Disability 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.
  • Cregg House services have 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 nursing degree.

Further Studies

Career Opportunities

From a career perspective, this programme provides students with an academic and professional qualification that allows graduates to travel anywhere in the world and make a difference to the lives of people with intellectual disability. Graduates can decide to work with individuals and groups with intellectual disabilities in the community or residential services or to work with families and other professionals. Intellectual disability nurses could gain employment in schools, respite services and supported employment agencies. Graduate nurses often decide after they have gained some initial experience as an RNID to specialise and work with persons who have particular difficulties such as challenging behaviour, complex needs, autism spectrum disorders and dual diagnosis. Many RNIDs also chose to enter careers in research, teaching, or management.

Downloads & Other Information

Undergraduate Prospectus

Useful Information

  • CAO Points 2017: 307
  • 2017 Mature entry BNSc Intellectual Disability: 165 points (Assessment test)
  • See the below link for further details on the assessment test:

    Contact Details

    Carmel Jennings
    The Department of Nursing & Health Studies
    St Angela’s College
    Lough Gill
    T: 071 91 35 618

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