Preparation for Third Level Education NEW for 2019

Award Title:  QQI Level 5 Certificate in General Studies

Programme Co-ordinator:  John Kavanagh

Award Code: 5M3114

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full-time programme designed to enable the learner to build the knowledge, skill and competence required for participation in higher education, including key skills for academic research and enquiry.  The programme also enables the learner to acquire a broad range of knowledge in the fields of psychology and social studies.  The course may be of particular interest to those who feel they will benefit from additional preparation before stepping into a third level programme or those who require additional time and guidance in identification of their career path.

Component Awards:

  • Research and Study Skills (5N31130)
  • Communications (5N0690)
  • Personal and Professional Development (5N2985)
  • Teamworking (5N1367)
  • Concepts in Education and Training (5N3631)
  • Interpersonal and Group Behaviour (5N3632)
  • Social Studies (5N1370)
  • Psychology (5N0754)

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Mature applicants are welcome.


While the course is designed to provide candidates with the pre-requisite skills and competences in academic research and enquiry in order to successfully manage the challenges and demands of third level education, the achievement of the major award is recognised as facilitating progression, in its own right, to a range of programmes at third level including Arts, Humanities, Business, Health Science, Legal Studies, Law, Social Studies and Social Science, Early Childhood Studies, Tourism and Hospitality.


Approximately €200 to cover the costs of examinations and textbooks.