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! 

  • The application intake for the BA (Hons) Social Care course for 2018-2019 is now closed. Applications for 2019-2020 will open in early May 2019.

 For further information including application procedure and fees 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.

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.

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.

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 2018-2019

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 30% contribution towards programme fees for eligible applicants. Applications can only be made prior to the start of an academic year (i.e. prior to the first class in September each year). The closing date for Fees Scholarship applications is 5pm Friday 24th August, 2018. Both the application and supporting documentation must have been received by this deadline. Late applications cannot be accepted.

 How do I qualify?

  1. You must be 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 30% fees contribution will be deducted from the remaining fees owed.
  2. 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

 3.   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. Complete the 2018-2019 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