NUI Galway: BA (Hons) Social Care

NUI Galway

Course Overview: BA (Hons) Social Care

The Bachelor of Arts (Social Care) provides teaching of theoretical concepts applied to social care practice. It was developed in response to the continuing educational needs of social care workers as the social care sector moves towards professionalization.

The BA (Hons) Social Care reflects the depth and breadth of social care work both in terms of service users groups, such as children, individuals with disabilities, adults and older people. A diverse spectrum of services such as residential, community care and independent living are explored across the degree programme. Current students and graduates of the BA Social Care work in a vast array of statutory, voluntary and private services and settings including independent and residential services for individuals with disabilities, residential and aftercare services for children, homeless services, services for older people and community support services.

Entry Requirements:

Formal academic qualifications are not required to commence this BA. Candidates are however, expected to have good reading and writing skills, as well as basic IT skills, as independent home study is required. Candidates must also have one year’s full-time or equivalent experience in care work, which has been gained in either a formal or informal capacity. Candidates under 21 years should meet the University’s minimum matriculation entry requirements. Those for whom English is not a first language should check the University requirements at:

Additional Requirements:

Students must satisfy Garda/Police clearance requirements. Garda clearance must be applied for through NUI Galway, regardless of whether an individual currently holds Garda clearance with another organisation.

Work Placement/Practice Placement

Work placement is an integral component of the BA Social Care and provides the opportunity for learners to integrate theory and practice. In line with CORU guidance, the work placement component of the BA Social Care is comprised of 800hrs of placement in a variety of settings over the 4 years of the programme (i.e. 200hrs per year over four years). As the BA Social Care programme has been designed to meet the needs of adult learners, work placements are organised in partnership with students and commonly operate on a continuous rather than ‘block’ basis. Nonetheless, block placements can be accommodated where possible.

Duration: 4 years, part-time

NFQ level: 8 (Honours Degree)

ECTS weighting: 180

Closing date: 16th August 2019
(a maximum of 35 places are offered for this course)

Application: Please complete the online application form via this link:

Before completing an application, please note the following:

Applications are assessed solely on the information provided, therefore as much detail as possible should be included. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. If you are in any doubt about whether to include a piece of information, it would be best to include it.

‘Sponsored applicant’ refers only where your employer/sponsor is paying fees upfront and in-full. If your employer/sponsor will be reimbursing you after you pay fees, then ‘Personal funding’ should be selected.

Queries regarding the application process can be directed to the Admissions Office:

Queries regarding the course should be directed to:

Advanced Entry:

An advanced entry option is available where an individual has both appropriate work experience and relevant academic qualifications. Advanced entry applies to year two and three only - it is not possible to gain advanced entry to year four. For advanced entry queries or to request the advanced entry application form, please contact

Please see a course brochure attached below or here: for the BA (Hons) Social Care NUI Galway website.


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!



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