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 introductory window into the world of Anglo-Irish literature which will include classic works of fiction, drama, poetry, balladry and film produced in Ireland.

Rathmines College is the only college which offers a course of this kind in Dublin. Ireland has produced some of the best writers in the English language including W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, James Joyce, Dorothy McCardle, Samuel Beckett and J.M. Synge, Molly Keane, Eavan Boland, Flann O’Brien, Luke Kelly, Dolores Riordan, Edna O’Brien, Séamus Heaney, Graham Norton and Sally Rooney.

This immersion in Irish literary genius serves the course’s secondary purpose: to encourage and embolden leaners to produce their own contributions to the Irish literary canon. Understanding psychology and history, particularly when looking at the Irish experience, will greatly assist the learners to understand unique quality of Irish writing, and how it has emerged. The teachers on this particular course offer a range of expertise that is second to none in Dublin. Learners on this course will be guided through the literature by teachers with the highest qualifications in the respective fields of Literary Theory, History and Psychology, and by published poets and writers.

The tertiary goal of the course is to furnish each learner with the writing skills, organization skills and professional skills that they will need to produce and to publish their own work. As such, it is the goal to assist the learners to become writers themselves in an open-minded and supportive environment.

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.
  • In the case of remote/blended learning use of a laptop and wifi connection is desirable.
Course modules
  • Research & Study Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Psychology
  • English Literature
  • Cultural Social History
  • Literary Visual & Performing Arts
  • The Internet
  • Creative Writing
  • Teamworking
  • Personal and Professional Development
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.


Going to Rathmines College has been the smartest decisions in life so far. Go for it; you won’t regret it!
Adam Seery
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