Pre-University 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. 

Pre-University Arts

This course will prepare learners to study in the field of the Arts and Social Sciences at University level. The course will give students a foundation in writing and research skills as well as introduce them to a wide range of academic subjects in the Arts and Social Sciences in a friendly and supportive environment led by highly experienced teachers.

Rathmines College has an excellent progression record and most of our graduates continue their studies in a course of their choice at third Level.


Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 Award 5M3114
September 2022 - May 2023
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have completed Leaving Certificate course or 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

Mandatory and Choices from the list below

  • Cultural and Social History
  • English Literature
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Economics
  • Social Studies
  • Politics
  • Word Processing
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • 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/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

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

Erasmus Programme at Rathmines College

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.


Thank you to all the teachers in helping me reach my goal - Psychology in UCD.
Brooke Feldman
I am now studying Linguistics and English, UCD. The Liberal Arts course in Rathmines College was one of the best decisions I have made. The course allowed me get a solid introduction to subjects like Psychology and Social Studies and I now know what I would enjoy studying in university. The student teacher relationship was excellent and I made new friends while studying in Rathmines College.
Katie Burke | Graudate 2021/2022.
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