Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) General Nursing, 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 university accredited honours degree awarded. 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.

Change to Accreditation for September 2022

Subject to incorporation, St. Angela’s College will become one of nine campuses across the new Atlantic Technological University which was designated on 1st April 2022.  This means that St. Angela’s students starting this September will be awarded a qualification from the Atlantic TU.  More details HERE

* Not all on this points score were offered places

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. 
Please note that Mature Nursing applicants are ranked based on their score in an assessment test which is required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). For further information please visit www.nmbi.ie

Additional Student Costs

A detailed list of required items will be included to all successful candidates in their CAO; however, it is at each students’ discretion as to how they obtain these items. A detailed list of these items can be found HERE 


Additional Requirements

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

Four Years

Next start date

September 2022

A Level Grades (2021)

See www.nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please see Important CAO Dates.

NFQ level

Level 8

Mode of study

ECTS weighting


Bachelor of Science (Hons) General Nursing



Course code

Course Outline

This 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.   

Year 1
  • Applied Biological Sciences 1
  • Applied Social Sciences 1
  • Theory And Practice of Nursing Across the Lifespan in Acute And Community Setting 1
  • Nursing Practice and Clinical Decision Making 1
  • Nursing Practice Skills 1
  • Foundations of Communication
  • Health & Health Promotion
  • Professional Foundations of Nursing
  • Practice Assessment
Year 2
  • Applied Biological Sciences
  • Applied Social Sciences
  • Principles of Pharmacology
  • Theory and Practice of Nursing Across the Lifespan in Acute and Community Setting 2
  • Nursing Practice and Clinical Decision Making
  • Nursing Practice Skills
  • Health & Health Promotion
  • Introduction to Research
  • Practice Assessment
Year 3
  • Applied Biological Sciences 3
  • Applied Social Sciences 3
  • Theory and Practice of Nursing Across the Lifespan in Acute and Community Setting 3
  • Nursing Practice and Clinical Decision Making 3
  • Nursing Practice Skills 3
  • Health & Health Promotion 3
  • Older Person Care
  • Nursing Leadership 1
  • Practice Assessment
Year 4
  • Theory and Practice of Nursing Across the Lifespan in Acute and Community Setting 4
  • Nursing Practice and Clinical Decision Making 4
  • Nursing Practice Skills 4
  • Research for Nursing Practice
  • Nursing Leadership 2
  • Practice Assessment


Further Education

Many 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. (*Total Amount)

Fees: Tuition

€4,106 p.a.

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a.

Fees: Student levy

€75 p.a.

Fees: Non EU

€12,318 p.a


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 Office

Kevin McGlynn
Admissions Officer (Acting)
E: admissions@stangelas.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.