Pre Garda Studies with Criminology

Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Legal Studies
Programme Co-ordinator: Aoife Duffy
Award Code: 5M3789
Course Code: 414289

Programme Description:

This is a one-year, full time programme which provides a foundation for those intending to pursue a career with An Garda Síochana, the Defence Forces or Security Organisations by focusing on a number of key areas important to the sector. Further studies in the area of Criminology, law and word processing help the learner develop skills and techniques for a career in business and commerce.

Component Awards:

  • Legal practice and Procedures (5N1394) 
  • Business Law (5N2091) 
  • Word Processing (5N1358) 
  • Work Experience (5N1356) 
  • Communications (5N0690) 
  • Safety and Health at Work (5N1794) 
  • Criminology (5N2107) 
  • Criminal Law (5N3787) 
  • Exercise and Fitness (5N2668) 


  • This course is an ideal foundation for those interesting in pursuing a career with An Garda Síochána. Graduates may also apply for positions in a legal, business or security settings. This course is supported by our progression links with SETU and National Universities. 

Additional Activities:

  • Additional short courses may be offered in first aid and fire safety, with visits to the Criminal Courts of Justice and Kilkenny Court House during the year.