Certificate in Liberal Arts

Students gain a firm foundation in the standard required to study at university and progress to a wide variety of careers in both the public and private sectors including research, teaching, health and social care. 

Certificate in Liberal Arts

This course aims to provide opportunities for school leavers (under 23 years of age) to gain access to Arts, Social Science & Humanities degree programmes at Universities and Institutes of Technology. It will provide a second chance for many school leavers who aspire to Third Level. Similar programmes within CDETB are offered to non-school leavers.

The course provides an introduction to writing skills, research studies and gives a foundation in the academic subjects in preparation for third level.

Please note: some courses may involve remote teaching next year depending on Covid and the instruction from the HSE.

Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 5M3114
September 2022 - May 2023
Course requirements

Students applying for this course should have passed the Leaving Certificate in five subjects, to include English.

  • Students must be under 23 years of age on 1st September of the year of course commencement.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry.
  •  In the case of remote/blended learning use of a laptop and wifi connection is desirable.
Course modules

Students will be offered the following subjects:

  • Research and Study Skills
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Communications
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Word Processing

Students also choose one of the following subjects:

  • Applied Economics
  • Political Studies
Education Progression

QQI Level 5 Award holders are eligible to apply to a wide variety of Higher Education colleges Many of DCU, UCD and NUI programmes have an entry route for QQI/FE Level 5 applicants. For programmes with a QQI entry route, approximately 10% of places are retained for QQI applicants. Applicants presenting a minimum of five distinctions in a specified QQI Level 5 award, with specified modules if required, may be eligible to compete for a place. Applicants are ranked based on their performance and must apply through the CAO at www.cao.ie.

Further information on our programmes using QQI entry route can be found here.

Work Experience

Work experience is an essential part of all our programmes. The College assists students in finding suitable work placements and monitors and assesses their performance in the work place.

Career Opportunites

A qualification in Arts and Social Science leads to a diverse range of career opportunities spanning from research, teaching, administration, careers in Government departments and organisations in both Ireland and abroad.


My experience in the Liberal Arts course in Rathmines College was truly incredible. Not only did it allow me to gather skills that have helped me immensely in my Arts Degree in Trinity College, but also gave me the opportunity to learn from the hugely helpful teachers in Rathmines College
Chloe Fetherton
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