St. Angela’s College has an international reputation and an established record of excellence in Home Economics education. The role of a Home Economist in communities is very much established in other European and International countries. This level 8, four year degree (which is not an initial teacher education qualification) fulfils the gap that is currently demanded and required within Irish society. It is designed to attract applicants who are passionate about Home Economics and aspire to be Home Economists advocating for sustainable health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
Year 4 of the course allows students to specialise within a specific area of Home Economics i.e. Food or Textiles, Fashion, Design or Family Resource Management. This year will also allow you to investigate and research an area of interest.
Applications and Selections
Who Teaches this Course
Requirements and Assessment
Minimum Grade H5 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, Home Economics, another language and any one other subject recognised for entry purposes.
Next start date
A Level Grades (2020)
Please see Important CAO Dates.
Mode of study
Classroom based (hybrid model following COVID-19 national guidelines).
Bachelor of Arts (Home Economics)
Over the course of the four years, you will study a wide variety of modules with both a practical and theoretical focus. Each year the modules will be built on and based around the three core disciplines within Home Economics: Food Studies; Textiles, Fashion, Design; and Family Resource Management. The variety of modules ensures the development of a wide range of skills which will equip you to meet societal needs and demands.
|Food Studies||Family Resource Management||Textiles, Fashion and Design|
|Health Promotion||Family Advocacy in the Community||Introduction to Textiles and Design|
|Lifestyle, Health and Disease||Consumer Behaviour||The Family Home - Interior and Textiles Design|
|Nutrition, Diet and Health||Sociology of the Family||Textiles, Fashion and Design|
|Sensory Sciences||Child Development||Crafting Wellbeing|
• Food Preparation and Culinary Skills
• Nutrition, Diet and Health
• Introduction to Textiles and Design
• Sociology of the Family
• Child Development
• Strategic Communication
• Consumer and Family Financial Literacy
• Interior and Textiles Design
• Food Science and Nutrition
• Family and Consumer Affairs
• Health Promotion
• Health and Wellbeing Economics and Policy
• Food Microbiology, Processing and Preservation
• Sensory Sciences
• Textiles, Fashion and Design
• Family Resource Management and Consumer Empowerment
• Preparation for Placement
• Work Placement / Erasmus+
• Family: Policy and Practice
• Home Economics Artisan Enterprise
• Home Economics Studies
• Family Advocacy in the Community
• Public Health Nutrition
• Home Economics Research Project
Note: Modules in each year of the course are subject to change
Postgraduate programmes (Masters and Doctoral level) can be pursued in the areas of Education; Home Economics; Health Promotion; Food and Nutrition; Health Coaching and Wellbeing; Child Development; Child, Youth and Community; Textiles and Fashion.
Students who successfully complete the BA Home Economics will get automatic acceptance onto the Professional Master of Education (PME) at NUI Galway. This two year, full-time PME is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland and will enable graduates to teach Home Economics to Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate levels.
Why Choose This Course?
As a St. Angela’s graduate, you will be well placed for a future career working in various settings, home or abroad. There are opportunities for graduates to be employed by national or international governmental or non-governmental agencies focusing on family and child wellbeing; consumer advocacy; and health promotion. Graduates will have capacity to work with both private and State organisations as food advisors, or community Home Economists. There is also potential to take a commercial pathway and enter into the private business sector in the areas of food, textiles and fashion and interior entrepreneurship.
Work in the Community
- Home Management Advisors
- Family Agencies
- Family and Community Advocacy
- Consumer and Financial Advice
- Health Promotion
- Youth Engagement
Work in the Industry Settings
- Food Product Development
- Food Advisors with retail companies
- Bespoke and niche craft and design
- Technology (equipment) Testers And Developers
Work in the Media
- Food Styling, Cookery demonstrations, TV Cooking Shows
Contribution to Society
- Research and Education
Should a student wish to pursue a career in education, this pathway will be available to graduates of this course after they have completed their degree. See Further Education for more.
Who’s Suited to This Course
In year three of the course, students will have the option to either study abroad for five months with one of our partner Universities or to complete a five month work placement in Ireland. The main purpose of the work experience will be the preparation of the student as a competent Home Economist working in a communities, with families, for society.
Erasmus+ opportunities are available to students of the BA Home Economics. Please speak with your Course Co-ordinator and the International Office to find out more.
Related Student Organisations
Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
Find out More
T: +353(0)71 9135640
What Our Students Say
Shauna Ryan | BA Home Economics
What appeals to me most about the BAHE course is its variety. Each day brings something different and a variety of practical and theoretical content delivered by approachable and accommodating lecturers allowed me to really enjoy the first year of this course. Studying on the BAHE course also provided me with an opportunity to meet like-minded people and form friendships that will last a lifetime.