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Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Care

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The BSc in Applied Health Care is the first program of its kind in Ireland and is an excellent choice for students interested in exploring numerous potential career paths within healthcare. It is designed to help you understand the varied needs of patients across the lifespan and enable you to deliver direct health care in hospitals, community care, general practice, pharmaceutical industry and health research. This course also prepares students for the emerging area of internet and telephone health care delivery. Clinical experience is an essential element of the course. Placement occurs in each year of the course, which allows the student to put theory into practice in a real health care setting. 

Provider Locations & Structure

Year 1: Students will study at Carlow Institute of Further Education and Training (KCETB). 

Years 2 and 3: Students will undertake their studies in SETU (South East Technical University) Waterford Campus. 

Course Content – For All Years

Year 1, Semester 1  

  • Learning to Learn 
  • Care of Older Adult 1 
  • Psychology for Health Care 
  • Anatomy & Physiology 1 
  • Introduction to Healthcare Informatics 
  • Principles of Health Promotion 


Year 1, Semester 2  

  • Life Skills for Health & Wellbeing 
  • Fundamentals of Care 1 
  • Medical Surgery Care 1  
  • Anatomy & Physiology 2 
  • Placement 1 


Year 2, Semester 3  

  • Fundamentals of Care 2 
  • Pharmacology for Health Care 1 
  • Medical Surgical 2 
  • Placement 2 


Year 2, Semester 4 

  • Medical Surgical Care 3 
  • Introduction to Mental Health Care 
  • Pharmacology for Health Care 

Year 2, Semester 4 (Electives) 

  • Professional Development & Community* 
  • Activity Co-ordination for Older Adult* 
  • Nutrition for Health* 
  • Placement 3* 


Year 3, Semester 5  

  • Introduction to Evidence Based Health Care 
  • Introduction to Technical roles in Applied Health Care 
  • Applying Psychology & Sociology to Health Care 

Year 3, Semester 5 (Electives) 

  • Introduction to Intellectual Disability Care* 
  • Medical Surgical Care 4* 


Year 3, Semester 6 (Mandatory) 

  • Management of Care 
  • Management of Care Placement 
  • Connected Health 
  • Placement 5 


*=Elective Modules  

**Please note that it may not be possible to undertake an elective module because of timetabling or other constraints.** 

Embedded Awards

This tertiary degree is a comprehensive 3 year programme. The programme is designed to support academic success despite challenges that may arise. If a student has to leave the programme before completing the final year, tertiary degrees include embedded awards. Embedded awards formally recognise learning achieved during time in the programme. For this degree, they are:

After successfully completing Year 1 NFQ level 6 Certificate in Applied Health Care from SETU
After successfully completing Year 2 NFQ level 6 Higher Certificate in Applied Health Care from SETU

The final NFQ level 7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Care is awarded by SETU.

Planned Intake (Number of Places)

20 Places

Entry Requirements and Eligibility

Prospective students wishing to be accepted onto the programme must meet the following minimum entry criteria:  

Leaving Certificate; 5O6/H7; English or Irish O6/H7; Mathematics O6/H7  


Level 5 major award  


Other qualifications equivalent to a major award at level 5 on the NFQ  

Applications are welcome from individuals that do not meet the minimum entry requirement who are aged 23 years or over (at date of commencement of programme). Such an applicant will be assessed on their merits, taking into account their life experience, work or community experience, and recognition of prior learning.  

For applicants whose first language is not English, the standard required of applicants is B2 (or equivalent) on Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in writing, reading, listening and speaking. Evidence of achievement of this standard is necessary for entry to the programme. 

Our Unified Tertiary Programmes aim to encourage the participation and success of students from sections of society under-represented in higher education, by offering degree programmes at a local level. In the event of over subscription to the programmes, priority will be given to applicants who most demonstrate local need. 

Onward Pathways

Successfully completing all aspects of this Level 7 BSc in Applied Health Care allows you the option to apply for an add-on year which is a Level 8 BSc (Hons) in Applied Healthcare (WD005 AHC). This will allow you to access post-graduate MSc programs in England within health care. Graduates of the BSc in Applied Health Care have the opportunity to progress to Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland to undertake MSc programs in Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Social Work. 

Graduates may also progress to Columbus Technical College and pursue further education in the field of nursing and continue further studies to become a US registered nurse.

Jessie Benson, a year 3 BSc in Applied Health Care student, recently returned from a two-week summer program in America, visiting in Columbus Technical College (CTC), Georgia.  Jessie got to experience American college life during her stay, undertaking classes with American nursing students and visiting a range of health care facilities where students do placements. 

Contact Details

Sarah Barron
QA Office
Bishop Birch Training Institute
Nuncio Rd
Kilkenny R95 D8HT
087 7045272 

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