Entry Points (2021)

Course Overview

St. Angela’s College has an international reputation and an established record of excellence in Home Economics education. The role of a Home Economist in communities is very much established in other European and International countries. This level 8, four year degree (which is not an initial teacher education qualification) fulfils the gap that is currently demanded and required within Irish society. It is designed to attract applicants who are passionate about Home Economics and aspire to be Home Economists advocating for sustainable health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Year 4 of the course allows students to specialise within a specific area of Home Economics i.e. Food or Textiles, Fashion, Design or Family Resource Management. This year will also allow you to investigate and research an area of interest.

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


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 Grades in the Leaving Certificate, including Irish, English, Mathematics, Home Economics, another language and any one other subject recognised for entry purposes.

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


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 Arts (Home Economics)



Course code

Course Outline

Over the course of the four years, you will study a wide variety of modules with both a practical and theoretical focus. Each year the modules will be built on and based around the three core disciplines within Home Economics: Food Studies; Textiles, Fashion, Design; and Family Resource Management. The variety of modules ensures the development of a wide range of skills which will equip you to meet societal needs and demands.

Food Studies                Family Resource Management Textiles, Fashion and Design                            
Health Promotion Family Advocacy in the Community Introduction to Textiles and Design
Lifestyle, Health and Disease Consumer Behaviour The Family Home - Interior and Textiles Design
Nutrition, Diet and Health Sociology of the Family Textiles, Fashion and Design
Sensory Sciences Child Development Crafting Wellbeing

Year One
• Food Preparation and Culinary Skills
• Nutrition, Diet and Health
• Introduction to Textiles and Design
• Sociology of the Family
• Child Development
• Strategic Communication
• Consumer and Family Financial Literacy

Year Two
• Interior and Textiles Design
• Food Science and Nutrition
• Family and Consumer Affairs
• Health Promotion
• Health and Wellbeing Economics and  Policy

Year Three
• Food Microbiology, Processing and Preservation
• Sensory Sciences
• Textiles, Fashion and Design
• Family Resource Management and Consumer Empowerment
• Preparation for Placement
• Work Placement / Erasmus+

Year Four
• Family: Policy and Practice
• Home Economics Artisan Enterprise
• Home Economics Studies
• Family Advocacy in the Community
• Public Health Nutrition
• Home Economics Research Project

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

Further Education

Postgraduate programmes (Masters and Doctoral level) can be pursued in the areas of Education; Home Economics; Health Promotion; Food and Nutrition; Health Coaching and Wellbeing; Child Development; Child, Youth and Community; Textiles and Fashion.

Students who successfully complete the BA Home Economics will get automatic acceptance onto the Professional Master of Education (PME) at NUI Galway. This two year, full-time PME is recognised by the Teaching Council of Ireland and will enable graduates to teach Home Economics to Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate levels.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

As a St. Angela’s graduate, you will be well placed for a future career working in various settings, home or abroad. There are opportunities for graduates to be employed by national or international governmental or non-governmental agencies focusing on family and child wellbeing; consumer advocacy; and health promotion. Graduates will have capacity to work with both private and State organisations as food advisors, or community Home Economists. There is also potential to take a commercial pathway and enter into the private business sector in the areas of food, textiles and fashion and interior entrepreneurship.

Work in the Community

  • Home Management Advisors
  • Family Agencies
  • Family and Community Advocacy
  • Consumer and Financial Advice
  • Health Promotion
  • Youth Engagement

Work in the Industry Settings

  • Food Product Development
  • Food Advisors with retail companies
  • Bespoke and niche craft and design
  • Technology (equipment) Testers And Developers

Work in the Media    

  • Food Styling, Cookery demonstrations, TV Cooking Shows

Contribution to Society

  • Advocacy
  • Research and Education

Should a student wish to pursue a career in education, this pathway will be available to graduates of this course after they have completed their degree. See Further Education for more.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

In year three of the course, students will have the option to either study abroad for five months with one of our partner Universities or to complete a five month work placement in Ireland. The main purpose of the work experience will be the preparation of the student as a competent Home Economist working in a communities, with families, for society.

Study Abroad

Erasmus+ opportunities are available to students of the BA Home Economics. Please speak with your Course Co-ordinator and the International Office to find out more.

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

€19,950 p.a. 2021/2022 (see International Students section of website for more)


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.  

Find out More

Admissions Office

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


   What Our Students Say


Shauna Ryan |   BA Home Economics

What appeals to me most about the BAHE course is its variety. Each day brings something different and a variety of practical and theoretical content delivered by approachable and accommodating lecturers allowed me to really enjoy the first year of this course. Studying on the BAHE course also provided me with an opportunity to meet like-minded people and form friendships that will last a lifetime.