Entry Points (2020)

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Arts (Education, Home Economics and Irish) and Professional Master of Education (with Home Economics) is a concurrent teacher education degree leading to a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) level 9 Master’s.

After four years students will be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Education, Home Economics and Irish; an NFQ level 8 honours degree. In order to qualify to teach, students must progress into Stage 5 which carries the award Professional Master of Education (PME) at NFQ Level 9. Upon graduation students will meet all the Teaching Council requirements to be registered as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in Home Economics and Irish. The course is an integrated five-year process. Students do not have to compete for a place in the fifth stage. Students must reach the required standard of H2.2 after Stage 4, however, before they can progress to Stage 5.

* 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 Irish and Grade H5 in another subject and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certifi cate, including including English, Maths, another language, a Laboratory Science subject or Home Economics and one other subject recognised for entry purposes.

*Laboratory Science subjects include: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics/Chemistry or Agricultural Science.

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 the Garda/police vetting requirements.

BA: Four Years
PME: One Year

Next start date

Autumn 2021

A Level Grades (2020)

See www.nuigalway.ie/alevels

Average intake


QQI/FET FETAC Entry Routes

Closing Date

Please see Important CAO Dates.

NFQ level

Level 8 (BA) / Level 9 (PME)

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

BA: 240 / PME: 60


Professional Master of Education (with Home Economics)



Course code

Course Outline

The course consists of three main components: Home Economics, Education and Irish.

The study of Home Economics includes the interrelated areas of Food Studies, Family Resource Management and Textiles, Fashion and Design with underpinning content which includes; Scientific Concepts, Food Science, Microbiology and Design Studies which are integrated across all years of the course. At PME level students will extend their professional enquiry in Home Economics and Home Economics Education and will undertake a self-selected research Dissertation in Home Economics Education.

The Education component of the course provides students with both the foundation studies and professional studies in Initial Teacher Education (ITE).  The foundation studies include: Psychology of Education; History and Policy of Education; Philosophy of Education; and Sociology of Education, incorporating Special Education and Development Education.  Also addressed are Professional Studies, including Curriculum Studies, Pedagogic Studies/Teaching Methodologies, Information and Communication Technologies and Educational Research. School Placement and microteaching are integral components of the course and provide a unique interface between education and the subject disciplines. This allows student-teachers to establish the links between the theory, planning and practice of teaching and learning. Students complete their teaching practice in a variety of schools and educational settings. Students complete their teaching practice in a variety of schools and educational settings.

Irish: Students are able to attain a high level of proficiency in the spoken language over the first four years of the course, through the provision of communication-based language classes. Students will undertake Gaeilge modules such as Gaeilge Literature, Gaeilge Poetry, Drama, Folklore, Place-names, Sociolinguistics and Gaeilge Media and Film Studies. Based on Teaching Council requirements, students of the Gaeilge elective must spend at least two months over the duration of the course in a designated Gaeltacht area, in order to fully engage with Gaeilge as a community language. Students studying to be a teacher of Gaeilge must undertake a compulsory, certified Gaeltacht residential period of two weeks both at the end of BA1 and BA3 to comply with Teaching Council subject specification to be a registered Gaeilge Teacher.

Year One
• Understanding Education
• General Pedagogics 1
• Subject-Specific Pedagogics for Practice 1
• School Placement 1
• Food Studies
• Introduction to Textiles and Design
• Family Resource Management
• Chemistry 1
• Litríocht agus Cultúr a hAon
• Teanga na Gaeilge

Year Two
• Understanding Education
• Pedagogics for Practice 2
• School Placement 2
• Food Studies: Food Science and Nutrition
• Family Resource Management:
• Physics 1
• Litríocht agus Cultúr a Dó
• An Ghaeilge Bheo - An Traidisiún Béil
• Teanga na Gaeilge

Year Three
• Understanding Education
• Pedagogics for Practice 3
• School Placement 3
• Food Microbiology, Processing and Preservation
• Nutritional and Sensory Science
• Textiles, Fashion and Design
• Family Resource Management: Resource Management and Consumer Empowerment
• Litríocht agus Cultúr a Trí
• An Ghaeilge Bheo - Pobal na Gaeilge
• Teanga na Gaeilge
• Mionstaidéar ar Shaothair Liteartha Roghnaithe

Year Four
• Understanding Education
• Pedagogics for Practice 4
• School Placement 4
• Food Quality, Nutrition and Health
• Nutritional and Sensory Sciences
• Family Resource Management: Family and Society
• Choose from one of the following:
  - Nutritional Food Product Development
  - Social, Personal and Health Education
  - Textiles, Fashion and Design
  - Interior Design
• Na Meáin Chumarsáide agus Scannánaíocht na Gaeilge
• Litríocht do Dhaoine Óga agus Litríocht na hImirce
• Teanga na Gaeilge
• An tÚrscéal sa Ghaeilge

Year Five (PME)
• Sociological Perspectives in Education
• Research Methods in Education
• Professional Preparation and Development: Home Economics
• Professional Preparation and Development: Gaeilge
• School Placement
• Professional Inquiry in Home Economics and Home Economics Education
• Dissertation

Note: Modules in each year of the course are subject to change.

Further Education

Graduates have the option to pursue further studies at Postgraduate and PhD levels in Home Economics / Home Economics Education as well as opportunities on the NUI Galway campus where graduates may study for an MA (Nua-Ghaeilge/Modern Gaeilge), MOid san Oideachas Lán-Ghaeilge agus Gaeltachta or a PhD in Gaeilge / Education with Gaeilge.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course are qualified to teach both Home Economics and Irish to Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level. Graduates are provided with a professional and academic qualification which enables them to also pursue careers in a wide range of fields including; Education, Home Economics and Irish.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

School Placement is a core element of the teacher education course. Student teachers undertake School Placement on a block release basis in the spring term of every year of their BA/PME course. Students complete their teaching practice in a variety of schools and educational settings:

Year 1:  3 weeks in a Post-primary School setting
Year 2:  4 weeks in a Post-primary School setting
Year 3:  4 weeks in a Post-primary School setting
Year 4:  4 weeks in a Special Community and Further Education setting
Year 5:  10 weeks in a Post-primary School setting

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€7,075 p.a. 2021/2022 (Total Amount)

Fees: Tuition

€4,000 p.a. 2021/2022

Fees: Student Contribution

€3,000 p.a. 2021/2022

Fees: Student levy

€75 p.pa 2021/2022

Fees: Non EU

€12,000 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

Fee for Year 5 (PME) is €4,000

Find out More

Admissions Officer

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


   What Our Students Say

Shauna Luisa

Shauna Luisa Coutinho |   BAPME Home Economics and Irish (Teacher Ed)

My course allowed me to gain invaluable experiences in a range of schools and classroom settings which has greatly helped me in my future teaching. The combination of both theoretical and practical knowledge is a credit to this course. Sa Ghaeilge, tá an deis tugtha dúinn chun ár scileanna labhartha, scileanna éisteachta, scileanna scríofa agus scileanna léitheoireachta a fheabhsú, le cabhair ó na léachtóirí tacúla.