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BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies (MI010)

CAO minimum entry points 2016: 325

The BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies is a four-year, full-time undergraduate concurrent teacher education degree, currently offered at MIC, St. Patrick’s Campus Thurles. Graduates are qualified to teach Business Studies and Religious Studies to honours Leaving Certificate level. In addition, graduates are trained in the most current methodologies and technologies available to enhance the teaching of their subject areas at post-primary level. The degree programme includes four years of modules in Business Studies and Religious Studies. These are taken concurrently with education modules which include theoretical and professional studies along with a succession of practical teaching experiences. The programme has been developed in response to the growing need for excellence in teaching at post-primary level. This programme is accredited by the Teaching Council.

Graduates of the programme will:

  • Have an excellence in knowledge and skills of their subject areas.
  • Have an excellence in knowledge and skills of the theory and practice of education.
  • Possess a range of innovative teaching methodologies.
  • Engage in critical thinking and reflective practice.
  • Value a student-centred approach to teaching and learning.
  • Develop skills in teamwork, facilitation and leadership.
  • Be a committed life-long learner.

Entrance Requirements:

Applicants are required to have an established Leaving Certificate with at least two Grade C3s at Higher Level and four Grade D3s at Ordinary Level, two of which must be Mathematics and English.*

Subject Requirement:

English, Mathematics

*Note not all applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements may receive an offer of a place.

 Programme Structure    

 YEAR 1 Term 1 Term 2
  • Foundation of Teaching and Learning I
  • Teaching Skills
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning II
  • Methodologies I
  • School Placement I
 Business Studies
  • Business Mathematics
  • Management Principles
  • Marketing Priciples
  • Legal Enviroment of Business
  • Business Studies Accounting
 Religious Studies
  • Introduction to Religion and Theology
  • The Old Testament
  •  World Religions
  • The Moral Challege
 YEAR 2 Term 1 Term 2
  • Preparation for School Placement
  • Adolescent Development
  • ICT in Education
  • Critical and Reflective Practice
  • School Placement II
 Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Domestic and International Business Enviroment
 Religious Studies
  • Liturgy and Sacraments
  • The Synoptic Gospels
  • Foundations and Approaches to Religious Education
  • Religion and Science 
 YEAR 3  Term 1 Term 2
  • Inclusive Education
  • Methodologies II
  • School and Curriculum Studies
  • School Placement III
 Business Studies
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Business Information Systems
  • New Venture Creation
 Religious Studies
  • History of Christianity
  • Ecclesiology
  •  The Gospel of John
  • The God of Jesus Christ
 YEAR 4 Term 1 Term 2
  • The Teacher as a Professional
  • History of Education
  • School Placement IV
 Business Studies
  • Strategic Management
  • HRM and Employee Relations
 Religious Studies
  • Human Life and Human Sexuality
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Paul: Pastor and Theologian

 School Placement Structure*

 YEAR School Type Placement  Duration


Primary School

4 weeks

Post - Primary School

5 weeks


Post - Primary School

5 weeks


Post - Primary School 12 weeks

 *Please note that listed durations are indicative only and are subject to change.

BA in Education Programmes (Thurles Campus)

CAO Codes MI009 / MI010 / MI011 / MI012

Mary Immaculate College is committed to improving access to higher education for adults. If you are at least 23 years old on the 1 January of the year of entry to College, you are considered as a mature applicant.


Mature applicants wishing to apply to Mary Immaculate College for MI009/MI010/MI011 or MI012 must apply for entry through the CAO. 1st February is the normal deadline for receipt of completed applications with late applications accepted up to 1 May. Application forms and copies of the CAO Handbook can be obtained from the CAO at Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway or by telephoning 091 509800. Applications can be made online at www.cao.ie and copies of the Handbook can also be downloaded from the website.


All mature applicants who make an application to the College through the CAO for MI009/MI010/MI011 or MI012 and are meeting the eligibility criteria, will be invited to attend for an interview. Candidates applying for MI011 or MI012 will have part of their interview conducted through Irish. Candidates are awarded a grade for their performance at the interview. Where places remain unfilled after the list of successful first preference applicants has been exhausted, offers may be made to other applicants in order of preference and in accordance with the order of merit. Applicants who get a ‘fail’ grade in the Interview will be eliminated from the competition. Applicants who have failed the Interview on two previous occasions are not eligible to re-apply.


Mature applicants who have completed an interview will be contacted by the College to indicate whether or not they are being offered a place and all places will then be offered by the CAO.


In order to establish students' fitness to teach, all incoming teacher education students are required to complete a Student Health Information Form.


Registration will be conditional upon successful completion of the Garda Vetting process.


Information on Fees www.mic.ul.ie/fees


A new online grant applications system was introduced in 2012. All new applications are made online to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through www.studentfinance.ie


Ní mór do gach mac léinn BA san Oideachas freastal ar dhá chúrsa chónaithe sa Ghaeltacht mar chuid dá gclár. - Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1 agus 2. Ní mór Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1 a dhéanamh i mbliain 1 agus Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 2 a dhéanamh i mbliain 3. Maireann gach cúrsa coicís.

Reachtáilfear scrúdú cainte sa Ghaeilge nuair a fhilleann an mac léinn ar an gcoláiste agus cuirfear an measúnú seo le gráid an mhic léinn sna modúil Ghaeilge.

All BA in Ed students registered for MI011 or MI012 are required to attend two residential placements in the Gaeltacht as part of their programmeTréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 1 agus 2. ‘Tréimhse Foghlama saGhaeltacht 1’ is taken in year 1 of the programme and ‘Tréimhse Foghlama sa Ghaeltacht 2’ in year 3. Each placement lasts two weeks.

An oral Irish examination will be held on the student’s return to College and this assessment will contribute to the student’s grades in Irish modules.


Paula Hourigan, T: +353 504 20535/21201
E: paula.hourigan@mic.ul.ie

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel: +35361 204300