Certificate in Pre-University Marketing

QQI Level 5 | Marketing | Opportunities to progress to 3rd Level

Certificate in Pre-University Marketing

This well-established one-year QQI Level 5 Certificate in Pre-University Marketing is an excellent introduction to so many areas of marketing – both traditional and digital.  Places are still available on this course.

The course covers digital marketing, marketing practice, PR and IT modules that give students the skills needed to progress to a 3rd Level business or marketing degree.

If you would like further information, call in to see us at our Open days running on Jan 26th, Feb 22nd or March 29th, from 1pm-4pm.

Here’s what our students say:

‘Doing the QQI Level 5 course at Rathmines College was the best decision I ever made. I matured and really wanted a chance to go to college. I loved doing the marketing programme at Rathmines. It was really interesting and much different than school. I was really supported by the tutors, staff and my classmates. I successfully completed the course and received a distinction at level 5 which then allowed me to get into university. I am so grateful to have had this experience at Rathmines College and with the outcome. I could not recommend it more..”

Dillon, 2021 Graduate

Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 Award 5M2069
September - May
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have completed Leaving Certificate course or equivalent
  • Mathematics at ordinary level is desirable.
  • 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
  • Marketing Practice
  • Digital Marketing
  • Applied Economics
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Spreadsheet Methods OR Public Relations
  • Word Processing
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Education Progression

Students who complete the one-year Pre-University Marketing QQI Level 5 course can progress through the CAO system to Higher Education courses in Trinity College Dublin, UCD, DCU, Maynooth University, TU Dublin, National College of Ireland and IADT.

Another progression route is to stay a 2nd year at Rathmines College and complete the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business.  Level 6 graduates then have the opportunity to progress to 2nd year of business degree courses in both TU Dublin and NCI, including the Bachelor of Business in Marketing Practice in NCI.

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.

The module Personal and Professional Development may be taught instead of Work Experience.

Career Opportunites

Graduates of the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Marketing have the skills and confidence to work in a wide range of professional roles. Recent graduates are now working in marketing, digital marketing, sales and marketing and PR for national and multinational organisations.


Throughout the year all of the lectures were very supportive and the various modules were well structured and enjoyable. The coursework proved very manageable with constant help being offered from all the staff. The next step for me is Digital Marketing in TUD. I would strongly encourage anyone who might be interested in beginning a marketing career to consider Rathmines College.
Paddy Prendiville
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