Certificate in Literature and Cultural Studies

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 Literature and Cultural Studies

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the study of literature and culture in an Irish context. The course further aims to equip learners with knowledge, skill and competence to critically approach artistic and literary production in Ireland. Learners will explore texts and artefacts from a range of perspectives to understand how cultural identify is both shaped and perceived.

In addition to gaining an excellent grounding in Anglo-Irish Literature and Irish culture, learners will also study History and Psychology to better frame their understanding of literature and cultural developments in an Irish context. The course also offers learners the opportunity to develop their creative writing and a range of practical skills in a friendly and supportive environment led by highly experienced teachers.

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 including English.
  • 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
  • English Literature
  • Cultural Social History
  • Literary Visual & Performing Arts
  • Research & Study Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Applied Psychology
  • Creative Writing
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
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 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.

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.

Higher Education Progression

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.


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