Pre-University News and Media

QQI Level 5 | Media Courses Dublin | 3rd Level Progression Opportunities

Pre-University News and Media

The course will teach learners the fundamental skills to work in the Media industry across a variety of platforms. The course keeps pace with the ever evolving media landscape. It incorporates the practical skills and tools that allow learners to successfully pursue a career in media and journalism, including researching and writing, radio production, and technical skills.

The course is designed for students who specifically want to progress onto a Level 6 within Rathmines College in Advanced Media or a Level 7 or Level 8 in Media, Journalism or Communications courses in DCU, TU Dublin, IADT, and UCD. Media graduates will have the appropriate level of academic writing and research methodologies to successfully complete a Level 8 degree.

“Rathmines College has given me a chance to flourish as a person and a student. I really enjoyed my media modules and the class outings and guest speakers linked to the media industry. The News and Media course allows for great class interaction and fun. I am now doing a degree in Journalism in TU Dublin.”

(Marc Mircescu, Pre-University News and Media)


Key Information
QQI Level 5
1 Year
Full time
QQI Level 5 Journalism 5M2464
September - May
Course requirements
  • Applicants should have Leaving Certificate standard 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 desirabel
Course modules
  • Media Analysis
  • Writing Skills for Journalism
  • Research Skills for Journalism
  • Technical Skills for Journalism
  • Communications
  • Work Experience / Personal and Professional Development
  • Radio Programme Production
  • Politics
  • Public Relations
  • Behavioural Studies
  • Maths (Optional)
  • European Language (Optional)
Education Progression

QQI Level 5 Award holders are eligible to progress onto Rathmines College’s Level 6 Advanced Certificate in News and Media in the Digital Age or apply to a wide variety of Higher Education colleges see  and  Graduates meeting the specified criteria (Distinctions in 5 nominated modules) may apply for progress to DCU, TU Dublin and IADT Degree Programmes in Communications and Journalism.


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

Media graduates have gained employment in all areas of the creative media industry as news reporters, feature writers, radio presenters, radio producers, news editors, content creators, podcast producers, sports journalists, radio presenters, public relations practitioners, newspaper editors, advertising copywriters and other exciting media careers.


My time studying at Rathmines was a very positive experience, and I genuinely loved going in every day. I really couldn’t recommend it enough and I am now studying English Literature in UCD.
Dervla McDonnell
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