If you are currently working in Social Care or have one year's full-time (or equivalent) Social Care experience, then the BA Social Care may be the course for you! 

Applications for September 2019 intake has been extended until 5pm on Friday 23rd August, 2019. Places on this course fill quickly so prompt registration is advised.

Social Care held an open evening event on Thursday 27th June 2019 - an invitation to find out more about this part-time course and meet some of the tutors (7 - 8 pm room MY129 Aras Moyola). Click here for our flyer:  Social Care Open Evening 27th June 2019. To book your place email:  Please see here for a campus map - Aras Moyola is listed as building 20.  Please note that there are no parking restrictions on campus after 5.30pm.

For further information about the BA (Hons) Social Care course including application details please see the NUIG Adult Learning  webpages.


Programme Aim

The aim of the BA Social Care programme is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and experiences, which will enable them to function as a competent, efficient, reflective and accountable practitioner and to meet the professional and academic eligibility requirements for registration in Social Care.

Course Overview

Social Care involves working in partnership with individuals and groups in an empowering manner to support them to reach their potential.  Graduates work with individuals and groups on a one-to-one basis and as part of multi-disciplinary teams, with an increasing numbers of graduates also choosing to pursue post-graduate studies.

The BA Social Care is a blended learning programme, which combines workshops, home study and practiced based learning. Students attend workshops for each module and complete a work-placement each year.

Workshops normally take place on Fridays and/or Saturdays (or a combination of both) and, will run generally from 10am to 4pm. The Seminar in years one and two normally runs from approximately 9:30am to 5pm. All workshops will be held at NUI Galway, unless otherwise advised. Provisional timetables for year one will be available from May 31st 2019 and can be requested from the course administrator.  Mandatory induction for 1st years for 2019/20 will be held on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of September 2019.  


Entry Requirements

Formal academic qualifications are not required to commence this BA. Candidates are however, expected to have good reading and writing skills, as well as basic IT skills, as independent home study is required.  

Candidates must also have a minimum of one year’s experience in care work, which has been gained in either a formal (i.e. employed as a care assistant) or informal capacity (i.e. caring for a family member, voluntary work in a caring capacity). 

Candidates under 21 years must meet the University’s minimum matriculation entry requirements (see here for further details on minimum matriculation requirements: 

Those for whom English is not a first language should check the University requirements at:

Additional Entry Requirements: 

Students must satisfy Garda/Police clearance requirements. Garda clearance must be applied for through NUI Galway, regardless of whether an individual currently hold Garda clearance with another organisation.

Career Opportunities

BA Social Care graduates work with a variety of service user groups across the life-span including children, young people, individuals with disabilities, adults and older people. This work takes place in a broad range of settings including residential, community and independent living settings, with graduates both working on an individual basis and as part of interdisciplinary teams. Graduates of the BA Social Care are employed by statutory, voluntary and private providers and occupy both frontline and management positions.

Continuous Professional Development module:

Social Care are pleased to offer a part-time blended learning 2.5days Continuous Professional Development module in Management and Leadership in Social Care settings module. This CPD module engages with management and leadership theory and practice in social care contexts, examining management and leadership styles and methods relevant to social care settings. In addition, it focuses on organisational influences such as structure, culture and managing change against the backdrop of the professionalisation of social care. It also explores quality control considerations, supervision and reflection.

This CPD module is aimed at social care practitioners in management and leadership positions and social care staff who have an interest in career development. It is a part-time blended learning course which will include 2.5 days of workshops, and distance education. The course will be in the form of a handbook, online learning/Blackboard as well as classroom setting workshops. Assessment will be by written assignment (including a 2-3 reflection journal submissions 500 words each, which would incorporate the learning of the course and reflection of the practice, along with a written assignment with a word count of 2,500). There are 10 ECTs credits awarded to this CPD course and the cost is €660. Please see here for further information.


What Our Students Say

Leora Monaghan  (Past Student): “10 years after leaving formal education I never thought I would be back. Changes in circumstances lead to the opportunity of returning to university. I chose Social Care as it is a profession I have always wanted to get in to. The course content and modules were reflective of everyday situations and made learning easy. I was concerned about returning to university after so many years but need not have been. The lecturers were supportive and extremely approachable. As part of this course, I was required to complete 200 hours work experience. I cannot stress how beneficial this turned out to be. My communication skills and confidence grew as a direct result of my work placement. It also helped me develop a network of people and outreach services which I never knew existed. I highly recommend this course to anyone with an interest in social care.”

 Michael Quinn (Past Student): “This course has been the greatest experience in my adventure, back to education as a mature student. It has given me new perspectives in which I view people and the world. It has been very challenging and rewarding. My tutors were very supportive and I would personally recommend this course to any prospective care worker.”

 Jane Doyle (Past Student): “For anyone thinking about a career in social care, the BA Social Care degree programme at NUI Galway provides a solid theoretical understanding of the subject and excellent practical skills. As a Special Needs Assistant, this course was invaluable as it not only equipped me with professional knowledge and skills but it also increased my confidence in my social care practice. The blended learning aspect of this course made it possible for me to be able to juggle the demands of daily life with the challenges of a degree course - with small class sizes, regular workshops and online feedback from lecturers to keep you engaged and supported throughout. I believe the best thing about this course is the people you meet and the friends you make. Having shared much laughter and tears, I left this course with much more than a piece of parchment. If you’ve been waiting for the right time or even the right course – it’s here, just go for it!

Further Education

Graduates of the BA Social Care have gone on to pursue taught and research post-graduate studies, both within and beyond NUI Galway. A number of NUI Galway post-graduate courses have proven popular with graduates of the BA Social Care to-date, including the MA in Health PromotionMA in Social Work and MPhil in Social Care. In addition, professionalisation and the rising interest in Social Care more generally, have encouraged a focus on PhD studies, which are either Social Care specific or have a strong Social Care dimension.

Funding and Fees

Below are some links to funding opportunities for students applying to courses here in NUI Galway:

HEA Student Assistant Fund for part time students which covers out of pocket expenses i.e. Childcare, travel (see here for further details:

There is an EU student funding available to 1st year part-time students called Uversity (see here for further details:, which promotes scholarship from 1st year through to the end of a degree programme. NB: applicants must have completed a college preparation/progression course (Access program) in the previous two years to be eligible to apply for this grant.

Please see NUI Galway’s Fees, Funding and Scholarships details here:  

Please contact the Fees office directly for queries in relation to fees (Tel: 091 492386 or via email at

BA (Hons) Social Care Degree - Fees Scholarship Form

This scheme is designed for students who have recently become unemployed or are on reduced working hours, and wish to update their skills and knowledge by participating in a part-time adult education programme under the fees scholarship scheme. Scholarships will constitute a discount between 10 – 30% contribution towards programme fees for eligible applicants (the total % awarded will be subject to the number of applications received/total scholarship budget available for the year). Applications can only be made prior to the start of an academic year. Both the application and supporting documentation must have been received by 5pm on Friday 23rd August, 2019. Late applications cannot be accepted.

How do I qualify?

You must have been offered and have accepted a place on the BA (Hons) Social Care course prior to submitting a Fees Scholarship form. NB: An upfront payment of €500 is required to accept a place on this course. The % of scholarship fees contribution will be deducted from the remaining fees owed.

  1. You must be registered as a student at the start of the academic year as unemployed and/or in-receipt of one of the following payments:
      i.  Job-seekers Benefit
      ii.  Job-seekers Allowance
      iii.  One-parent family allowance
      iv.  Disability allowance
      v.  Community Employment Scheme
      vi.  or signing for social insurance contribution credits

 2. You must provide a statement from your local Department of Social Protection Office confirming you are in receipt of one of the above payments. You are also advised to establish with your social protection advisor whether receipt of this scholarship would impact upon your entitlements under the Supplementary Welfare Allowances Scheme (i.e. rent or mortgage supplement or medical card etc.).

Applications must be made on an annual basis and your eligibility for the scheme will be reviewed annually.

 There are three steps in this Fees Scholarship Application Process:

  1. Apply to NUIG for the BA (Hons) Social Care course, and if successful accept the offer.
  2. New entrants for this scheme should complete the 2019-2020 New Entrants Fees Scholarship Application form (page 1).

Progressing students who have already been approved for this scheme should complete the 2019-2020 Progressing Students Fees Scholarship Application form (page 1).

3. Scan and email or post the Relevant Supporting Documentation (see page 2 of application form for specific details) with the application form to the Social Care Programme Manager (

Further Information

For information about the programme and the application process: ‌BA Social Care Brochure

Programme Administrator: Ms Yvonne Forde  


Phone: 091-493874