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Criminology with Security Studies

Course Description

This one-year course is an ideal preparation for all aspects of the security world or for students with an interest in pursuing a career in An Garda Siochana or the Defence Forces. This course also gives students an opportunity to study in the highly specialised areas of security or criminology.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1


  • Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Law
  • Legal Practice & Procedures
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Security Industry Procedures/Retail Security
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for On-Line Applicants:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCVP, LCA or a level 4 certificate
  • or have reached the age of 18. 
  • Mature student

If the criteria above does not apply, you will be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme. 

Work Experience

One day a week will be spent in the security field. This will introduce and prepare students for employment in their chosen areas and enable them to form links within the security industry.

Career Opportunities

Successful students will satisfy PSA qualifying criteria for certain licences which will enable students to work in some parts of the security industry.

Progression to Further Education and Higher Education 
The qualification can be used to progress to diploma and degree programmes in IT's and Universities.

Course Fees

All students are required to pay the €10 application fee and €150 registration fee. Both of these fees are non-refundable. Students are also required to pay the €200 Government Levy (exemptions with valid medical card or evidence that you qualify for Maintenance Grant/Back to Education Allowance). Additional course specific fees will apply. Details of course specific fees are available on request from college office or when you apply online.


Students who complete the course successfully qualify for:

  • A QQI (Level 5) award in Security Studies – 5M2110

Maintenance Grants

Applications To:
Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) a unit of City of Dublin VEC through

Enquiries & Applications

For enquiries and applications please refer to contact methods above or click "Apply Now" on various parts of this web page.

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