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Pre-University Studies

Course Description

This course aims to ensure learners have a smooth and successful progression to third level teaching and education.  Research has indicated that a large number of school leavers progress to college without giving full consideration to how prepared they are or the course they will study. This programme will introduce learners to college life from a study skills, time management, assessment and communicative prospective.

Course Duration

1 Year

Course Content

Year 1

QQI Level 5


Research and Study Skills

Concepts in Education and Training

Work Experience



Interpersonal and Group Behaviour

Word Processing

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 will 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.  Ideally, learners should seek to work in the environment in which they hope to pursue further studies

Career Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements)

Graduates of this course are eligible to apply to work within any training, instructional, educational field.

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 Education and Training

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