Legal Studies with Criminology

Legal Studies with Criminology enables students to study Business and Criminal Law which cover some of the fundamental legal concepts for all undergraduate law degrees

Legal Studies with Criminology

The Legal Studies and Criminology course will be of interest to those who would like to focus on the study of criminal law and criminology and progress to study criminology at degree level in university.

Criminology includes the study of causes of crime, deviance, combatting crime, the prison service, An Garda Siochana, the Probation Service and theories of criminology.

The course also covers the study of business law and legal practice. The course also allows students to progress to the traditional law degree routes at university as well.

Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 5M3789
September - May
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have Leaving Certificate standard of equivalent
  • Mature Applicants welcome.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry.
  • Use of a computer / laptop and Wi-Fi is desirable
Course modules
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Business Law
  • Business Administration
  • Applied Economics
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Communications
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Word Processing
  • Maths (optional)
  • European Language (optional)
Education Progression

On successful completion of a QQI Level 5 course students have the opportunity to progress within Rathmines College to:

  • QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business – 6M4985

QQI Level 5 award holders may apply to a wide variety of Higher Education colleges through the CAO system including:

  • Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) (DN600)
  • Bachelor of Business and Law (BBL) UCD (DN610)
  • BSC (Hons.) Criminology with Psychology  UCD (DN620)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) TCD (TR004)
  • BCL (Law and Society) (BCL) DCU (DC232)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) TU Dublin (TU918)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) NUI Maynooth (MH501)
  • BCL (Law and Arts (MH502)
  • BCL (Law and Criminology) (NUI Maynooth) (MH502)
  • BA (Hons) in Criminology UCC (CK113)

See the CAO website and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions for more information. Please note that some higher education courses have specific results and subjects requirements.

Work Experience

Students are encouraged to find work placements in a law firm. Their performance in real life legal practice will be monitored and assessed for 2 weeks.

Career Opportunites

Graduates of the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Legal Studies with Criminology have the skills and confidence to work in a wide range of professional roles. Recent graduates are now working in law, banking and finance for national and multinational organisations.


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