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Pre-Garda Studies

Course Description

This course provides an ideal foundation for those intending to pursue a career in the Garda Siochana. It will provide students with an introduction to the legal system and also an insight in to dealing with conflict resolution.

Course Duration

One Year

Course Content

Year 1

  • Business Law
  • Communications
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Criminal Law
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Teamworking
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience

Awarding Body

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

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 may be called for an information interview to secure a place on the programme.

Work Experience

Work Experience is a core element of this programme providing an opportunity to put skills developed on the programme into use in a real working environment. It allows students to create links with employers.

Career Opportunities

This qualification can be used to progress to certificate and degree programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Graduates may use this qualification to apply to the Garda Siochana. They may also apply for positions in a legal or security setting.

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.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Legal Studies (5M3789)


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