Entry Points (2020)

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) - General, is a four year degree pre-registration course. On completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to register as a General Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)/An Bord Altranais having obtained an honours degree awarded by NUI Galway. The course is offered in conjunction with Sligo University Hospital and other Health Service Executive (HSE) organisations and groups in the Western region.  The overall aim of this course 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.

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Applications and Selections

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject* and any two other subjects recognised for entry purposes.
*Laboratory Science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science.

Applying as a Mature Applicant:

If you are over 23 by the January of the year of application, you are eligible to apply as a mature student. Mature applicants who wish to apply for our BNSc courses must register and apply to sit an assessment test conducted by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). Applicants must register and apply for the test between 3 February and 21 February 2020 at 3.00pm. To register and apply with PAS you should have to hand your CAO application number (if you have one), a valid email address and your Personal Public Service (PPS) number (if you have one).
For futher information see the NMBI website.

Additional Requirements

Students must satisfy Garda/police vetting and medical clearance requirements.

Four Years

Next start date

Autumn 2021

A Level Grades (2020)

See www.nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake


Closing Date

Please see Important CAO Dates.

NFQ level

Level 8

Mode of study

Classroom based.

ECTS weighting


Bachelor of Nursing Science (General)



Course code

Course Outline

This BNSc General course is four calendar years in duration.  The practice of nursing is at the heart of the course.  Each year of study of the course is divided into two semesters (September-December and 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 course 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.   

A number of course themes are covered over the four years of the course including:

• Biological Sciences
• Social Sciences
• Theory and Practice of Nursing across the Lifespan
• Nursing Practice and Clinical Decision Making
• Pharmacology
• Communication
• Health Promotion
• Older Person Care
• Leadership
• Research

Semester 2 of Year Four includes:
• Practice internship which runs over 36 weeks

Further Education

Many BNSc graduates choose to undertake further study in order to enhance their nursing practice and career opportunities. We offer a number of Postgraduate options which include:

  • MHSc (Nursing/Professional Studies)
  • MHSc (International Healthcare Management)
  • PDip in Health Sciences (Nursing/Professional Studies)
  • MHSc/PDip/PCert in Disability Studies
  • PDip/PCert in Applied Health and Wellness Coaching
  • Professional Development Standalone Modules

Further details of these Postgraduate opportunities can be seen HERE

Nationwide there are a host of programmes that nursing graduates can pursue after attaining an initial degree.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course 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 and 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.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

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.

Study Abroad

St. Angela's College can offer Erasmus+ opportunities to BNSc students. Please contact your Year Leader and the International Office for further information.

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,181 p.a. 2021/2022 (Total Amount)

Fees: Tuition

€4,106 p.a. 2021/2022

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/2022

Fees: Student levy

€75 p.a. 2021/2022

Fees: Non EU

€12,318 p.a 2021/2022


Secure online fee payments can be made HERE

Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government if you qualify for the Free Fees Initiative

Student Contribution: may be aided by the Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) grant.
For more, visit www.susi.ie

Find out More

Admissions Officer

Sinéad O’Doherty
T: +353(0)71 9135640
E: admissions@stangelas.nuigalway.ie


                           What Our Students Say


Laura Connolly |   BNSc General Nursing

An excellent course that initiates the formation of lifelong friendships amongst peers, offers invaluable opportunities such as experiencing placement abroad and continual support, in which one’s personal and professional development is fostered through. Overall it provides an invaluable basis, establishing the foundations for lifelong learning and professionalism for one’s future nursing career.