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BSc (Hons) Health Care and Management Studies

BSc (Hons) Health Care and Management Studies is a course run by Portobello Institute, Dublin. BSc (Hons) Health Care and Management Studies gives a Course Qualification of Honours Bachelor Degree. For more information about BSc (Hons) Health Care and Management Studies at Portobello Institute, please review the details below.

Studying this BSc (Hons) Health Care and Management Studies degree offers you the opportunity to join the healthcare workforce as a competent professional, trained to improve and support the health of others. There are multiple options with direct pathways to graduate medicine and pre-reg masters programmes, in a variety of healthcare disciplines.


The health sector is the third largest employer in Ireland and the demand for qualified staff is strong. The shortage of staff is particularly evident in the health therapy professions. At the same time the number of training places leading to qualifications in allied health professions is very limited. This BSc (Hons) Health Care and Management Studies  has been developed to meet the entry requirements for all major post-graduate healthcare qualifications, enabling students to achieve a desired qualification and career in their chosen profession in Ireland.

Healthcare managerial skills are also in high demand and employment growth for managers was above the national average and those employed in the administrative roles had the greatest overall increase (28%) over 5 years (Solas, 2021).

This health care practice and management degree programme encompasses the skills and knowledge that are necessary to work as part of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team, to advance to a management role and/or to advance your studies to a postgraduate healthcare qualification.

A gateway to specialised healthcare

This BSc (Hons) Health Care & Management programme prepares graduates to enter the healthcare workforce and obtain employment in roles supporting the health of others. The shortage of qualified nurses and doctors has augmented the position of healthcare assistants and as a result there is significant demand for this type of roles in the sector.

Advanced entry to upskill

Additionally, if you are already employed in the health sector in a support role, you can use this degree to upskill to progress and advance your career. There are advanced entry options available for holders of QQI level 6 major award in Health Service Skills or Healthcare Support.

A number of modules fostering managing and leadership skills, will enable you to fill administrative and managerial positions in the healthcare sector.

Providing a Direct Pathway to Postgraduate Health Studies

This programme also acts as a gateway degree if you wish to pursue applied and technical roles in general health services. It provides the requisite undergraduate requirements to support you to pursue  a specialised healthcare related professions at graduate level, including the following.

  • Nursing,
  • Medicine,
  • Physiotherapy,
  • Occupational Therapy,
  • Speech and Language Therapy,
  • Nutrition and Dietetics.

Portobello Institute has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AECC University College. We are currently working through the validation processes towards delivering the MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-reg) programme in Dublin, with a start date of autumn ’24. An MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg) and MSc Speech and Language (Pre-Reg) will be available to study in Dublin from autumn ’25.

Alternatively, with the points ever increasing for undergraduate entry to most health therapy courses, many Universities have opened graduate entry professional qualifications for students who have graduated with a level 8 BSc degree with the requisite modules completed at undergraduate level. This BSc (Hons) Health Care and Management Studies meets the requirements for post graduate studies as listed above in all major universities – if you are interested in pursuing a particular programme in a specific university,  and are seeking to use this programme for entry, please check the specific requirements as they can vary. We provide individual support to each student who is hoping to pursue graduate healthcare qualifications in preparing their applications and for interview to ensure students chances of success are optimized. Many of our graduates have pursued this path and you can read about their journey in our student success section.

Develop Practical Skills and Techniques

The emphasis is put on the value of applied practice, analysis of case studies and real-life scenarios across the curriculum, followed by consolidation through reflection and application of skills in the placement context.  Sessions with guest lecturers will contribute to preparing you to deal with complexities and challenges of the world of work.

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Training ProviderPortobello Institute
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 1
Course QualificationHonours Bachelor Degree
Course Duration3 academic years
Course Fee5195 per academic year
Entry RequirementsEntry to this course is by direct application to the college. With a Leaving Certificate Leaving Certificate requirements – Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology* or Physical Education, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects. Sitting the Leaving Certificate in 2023 Students may apply and be granted a “Conditional Offer” prior to completing the Leaving Certificate. Step 1 – Submit application Step 2 – Review of application and confirmation of eligibility criteria and entry requirements Step 3 – Conditional Offer issued on the basis of successful achievement of LC requirements Step 4 – Confirm acceptance of a place and pay deposit as detailed Places cannot be held open for applicants awaiting leaving certificate results, however, should a student accept a place and then choose not to progress with this course having received a CAO offer, a refund of 75% of fees paid will be made. Refunds must be requested in writing within 48 hours after the first-round offers have been made. This will only be accepted by emailing Evidence of CAO offer acceptance must be provided along in order to apply for a refund. Applicants who have previously completed the Leaving Certificate; Minimum of grade C or O6 in ordinary level Biology* or Physical Education, English and Maths with a pass in 3 other subjects. *Applicants who do not hold LC Biology or Physical Education, are required to undertake the QQI level 5 Anatomy & Physiology and use this award in place of LC Biology. This course is available through Portobello Institute, further information available here. Without a Leaving Certificate Students are accepted on to this programme without a leaving certificate however applicants must meet one of the following criteria; QQI level 5 major award containing a biology subject ITEC level 2 award containing anatomy & physiology An undergraduate degree in another subject QQI Level 5 Anatomy & Physiology – available through Portobello Institute Mature entry at 21 years. Mature students are reviewed on a case by case basis and entry is via interview. Those without a grounding in science and a previous academic qualification in science or biology, must complete QQI Level 5 Anatomy & Physiology or equivalent. This course is available through Portobello Institute, further information available here. Equivalent qualifications with biology/anatomy & physiology module Advanced Entry to Year 2 If you hold either of these qualifications, you are eligible for advanced entry to year 2 of this degree. QQI level 6 major award in Health Service Skills or QQI level 6 major award in Healthcare Support Equivalent award to the above. Please contact us directly to discuss your options. Applicants who do not meet any of the entry criteria, may be required to attend an interview with an offer of a place on the programme issued following assessment of suitability. Applicants confirm acceptance of offer by returning acceptance form. Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received. Students will be registered as an undergraduate degree student with University of Essex
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