Health Sciences (Common Entry)
Health care is a broad field with diverse areas of work where health science graduates can make a difference to people’s lives. There are many career options across a wide range of health related industries, ranging from direct individualised care to people across the lifespan from infancy to old age and persons with special needs, or through telehealth and telecare careers, to health care management roles or research.
Reasons to choose Health Sciences (Common Entry)
The Common Entry Scheme is for students interested in Health Care as a career, but who may be unsure of what exact area of health care they would like to work in. The BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences (Common Entry) is the gateway for the two Level 8 BSc (Hons) degrees in Waterford Institute of Technology:
In these degrees, placement experiences allow the student to experience the broad field of health care and help them choose a career path they feel passionate about.
Student Study Advisor
All students are assigned a study advisor, a lecturer from the Department, and are encouraged to link with this advisor to discuss programme progress and any issues including programme options and career opportunities. This support offers the opportunity to ask detailed questions and get individual guidance as to which discipline they could pursue. From second year onwards the student chooses to study either applied health care or health promotion and public health.
In the first year students get an opportunity to study two areas of health care in both semesters including Applied Health Care and Public Health & Health Promotion and if uncertain about which area of health science to study, a decision on which area they would like to focus on does not have to be made until the end of first year.
Leaving Certificate 2019:
Minimum entry requirements for Health Sciences (Common Entry)
2 subjects: H5
4 subjects: O6/H7
English or Irish: O6/H7
Applying for Health Sciences (Common Entry) on the CAO:
You can apply for WD005 only ONCE. You must select ONE degree option i.e. AHC (Applied Health Care) or HPP (Public Health and Health Promotion).
Applicants who select one specific degree option are guaranteed a place in the programme (e.g. WD005 AHC), subject to meeting the entry requirements and points. Applicants who are undecided should choose WD005 GEN.
At the end of year 1, students must confirm their degree option and may change their selection up to that date.
Advanced and Equivalent Entry for Health Sciences (Common Entry):
Career opportunities will be subject to your choice of specialist exit pathways. Health Sciences (Common Entry) is the gateway for the two Level 8 BSc (Hons) degrees in Waterford Institute of Technology, an Applied Health Care degree or a Public Health and Health Promotion degree. At the end of first year you will be asked to select one of the courses to study in order to obtain your final award. For more information on career opportunities visit the following courses:
Follow on study
Opportunities for postgraduate study are available at WIT and other institutions. The opportunities for postgraduate study will be subject to the course you choose to get your degree in. For more information on the follow-on study opportunities visit the following courses:
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