Entry Points (2020)

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Arts (Education, Home Economics and Religious Education) 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 Religious Education; 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 Religious Education. The course is an integrated five year process. Students do not have to compete for a place in the fifth stage. However, students must reach the required standard of H2.2 after Stage 4 before they can progress into 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 two subjects and passes in four other subjects at O6/H7 level in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a Laboratory Science subject* or Home Economics and any 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 Religious Education.

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.

The subject Religious Education encompasses a broad range of innovative and engaging modules which equip students to excel as teachers of Religious Education at the highest level within the contemporary post primary context. Core modules undertaken include: The Search for Meaning and the Question of God, Biblical Studies, Religions of the World, Introduction to Religious Education, Foundational Ethics, Christianity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Philosophies of Secular Belief, Critical Questions in Religious Education, Ritual and Sacrament, Contemporary Christological Perspectives, Ethical and Moral Issues, Critical Debates in Contemporary Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies, Religious Education Methodology along with optional modules and a student interest led Dissertation. 

Year One
• Understanding Education
• General Pedagogics 1
• Subject-Specific Pedagogics 1
• School Placement 1
• Food Studies
• Introduction to Textiles and Design
• Family Resource Management
• Chemistry 1
• The Search for Meaning and the Question of God
• Introduction to Religious Education
• Biblical Studies

Year Two
• Understanding Education
• Pedagogics for Practice 2
• School Placement 2
• Food Studies: Food Science and Nutrition
• Family Resource Management
• Christianity: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives
• Religions and the World
• Foundational Ethics

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
• Ritual and Sacrament
• Contemporary Christological Perspectives
• Ethical and Moral Issues
• Critical Questions in Religious Education

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
• Philosophies of Secular Belief
• Critical Debates in Contemporary Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies
• Creation and Eschatology or Philosophical and Theological Anthropology or Religion and Culture in Ireland

Year Five (PME)
• Sociological perspectives in Education
• Research Methods in Education
• Professional Preparation and Development: Home Economics
• Professional Preparation and Development: Religious Education
• 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. Students with an honours degree also have the option to pursue postgraduate studies in the areas of: Religious Education, Religious Studies, Theology, Chaplaincy, and Philosophy. 

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course are qualified to teach both Home Economics and Religion 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 Religious Education

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 programme. 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.a. 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


Connor Dupuits |   BAPME Home Economics and Religious Education (Teacher Ed)

An excellent course which encapsulates the theory of each discipline throughout the practical elements of, school placement, fashion and design, and culinary skills. This provides us with the skills to enter the teaching profession with a masters degree in a subject that has a guaranteed employment rate.

Maeve Leheny Fallon |   BAPME Home Economics and Religious Education (Teacher Ed)

As a mature student (with young children) returning to third level education, initially I completed the Access course which is run at the college, this was invaluable in helping me to decide to choose the Home Economics and Religious Education undergraduate course. I found the course thoroughly enjoyable and the college lecturers and staff very supportive. Each semester flies by and school placement arrives quickly for which we are well prepared. I highly recommend the course and the venue.