Security Studies (with Criminology)


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies (5M2110)

Course Code: SS5

Programme Coordinator:  Conor O’Higgins

Award Code:  5M2110

Programme Description:

This is a one-year full-time programme that prepares students for entry into the security industry in various positions.  It also facilitates progression to further training and higher education in related fields.

Component Awards:

  • Legal Practice and Procedures (5N1394)
  • Security Industry Procedures (5N1785)
  • Criminology (5N2107)
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Work Experience (5N1356)
  • Retail Security (5N1777)
  • Customer Service (5N0972)
  • Door Security Procedures (4N1114)
  • Guarding Skills (4N1118)
  • Information Technology Skills (4N1125)

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Mature applicants will be assessed on their relevant work experience.
  • Garda Clearance is a requirement.


  • The full QQI certificate may facilitate entry to a range of positions in the security industry including static guarding, mobile security patrols, retail security and security at special events.
  • Progression to further training for An Garda Síochána, the Defense Forces and the Prison Service.
  • Opportunities to progress to higher education in the fields of Legal Studies and Criminal Justice.

Additional Training:

Occupational First Aid and manual handling training may be made available to learners.  Successful candidates will be entitled to apply for their PSA licence.


Approximately €450 to cover the costs of examination fees, uniform, textbooks and optional extra courses.