Higher Education Progression

Starting a course in Rathmines College is often the first step for students to continue in further and higher education.
Where to Next After Rathmines College?

Progression to 3rd Level

QQI Level 5 graduates of Rathmines College are eligible to apply through the CAO for first year entry to a number of Higher Education colleges. For example, a student who has a QQI Level 5 Computing Major Award may achieve a place in first year of a degree programme in TU Dublin.  Or a graduate of our Level 5 Business or Marketing courses can progress to 1st year Business in DCU. A number of colleges will accept any QQI Level 5 award to a number of their courses. Rathmines College also has a Arts and Social Science QQI Level 5 course from which students may apply for dedicated places in Level 8 Arts/Social Science degrees in UCD and NUI Maynooth.

Watch this Video explaining how to find out which Level 5 courses can lead to progression to a 3rd level degree course that you are interested in 

Below is a list of examples of relevant progression routes from our QQI awards to degrees in various universities. This is not an exhaustive list. Please contact us with the degree you are interested in if you don’t see it on the list and we will advise on the best QQI course to meet the entry requirements.


Progression Routes by Award Code Rathmines College
Business Studies – 5M2102

Commerce UCD DN650
Law / Bus&Law UCD DN600 / DN610
Business NCI NC009
Human Resource Mng NCI NC005
Business and Management TUD TU904
LLB Law / Bus&Law TUD TU918 / TU904
Business Studies/Int DCU DC110/DC111
Aviation Management / with Pilot Studies DCU DC117
Global Business Trinity TR080
BESS (Bus,Econ,SocSci) Trinity TR081
Arts NUIM MH101
Business Options NUIM MH404

Marketing - 5M2069

Business Studies DCU
Marketing, Innovation & Tech (MINT) DCU DC240
Marketing TUD TU922
Digital Marketing TUD TU920
Marketing Practice NCI NC020
Marketing BBS NUIM MH404
Arts (Bus Marketing etc.) NUIM MH101
Global Business Trinity TR080

Office Administration – 5M1997

Auctioneering, Valuation, & Estate Agency TUD TU731
Event management TUD TU984
Business TUD TU902
Accounting and Finance NCI NC022
Human Resource Management NCI NC005
Arts NUIM MH101

Software Development – 5M0529

Computing NCI NC003
Computer Science TUD TU856/57/58 etc..
Game Design TUD TU984
Creative Digital Media TUD TU796
Computer Science/with Business DCU DC120/21
Computer Science Trinity TR033
Computer Science NUIM MH601/2
Arts (Computer Science etc.) NUIM MH101

Arts and Social Science – 5M3114

Joint Honours (Arts) UCD DN520
Humanities UCD DN530
Social Sciences UCD DN700
Criminology with Psychology UCD DN620
Arts NUIM MH101
Psychology NUIM MH106
Arts Trinity Various
Business, Econ, Soc Sci (BESS) Trinity TR081
Psychology Trinity TR006
Arts/Joint hons/Humanities DCU DC009
Post Primary Teaching DCU DC010,11,12,15
Arts/media/law/int/pol DCU DC291,92,93,95

Media / Journalism 5M2464

Journalism TUD TU985
Film and Broadcasting TUD TU983
Journalism DCU DC132
International Relations DCU DC231
Communications DCU DC131
Multimedia DCU DC133
Arts NUIM MH101
Media Studies NUIM MH109

Creative/Social Media - 5M5048

Creative Digital Media TUD TU796
Media Studies NUIM MH109
Film Trinity TR042
Film/Drama Studies Trinity TR311
Film/Music Trinity TR320
Music/Drama Studies Trinity TR635
Multimedia DCU DC133

Legal Studies – 5M3789

Law / Bus&Law UCD DN600 / DN610
Criminology with Psychology UCD DN620
Business Studies/Law Trinity TR580 / TR004
Law NUIM MH501 / MH502
Arts NUIM MH101
Law DCU DC230/32/92
LLB Law / Bus&Law TUD TU918 / TU904

Advanced Business 6M4985

Entry to year 2 of the following degrees

Human Resource Management NCI NC005
Marketing Practice NCI NC020
Business NCI NC009
Business TUD TU923
Accounting and Finance TUD TU911
Entrepreneurship (Level 7) IADT DL701
Bachelor of Business Management IADT DL823

Advanced Software Development – 6M0691

Entry to year two of the following degrees
Computing NCI NC003
Computing TUD (Tall) TU859
Computing (Information Technology) TUD (Blan) TU757
Computer Science TUD (City) TU856
Creative Computing IADT DL836

Graduation 2023
Graduation 2023
Graduates from our QQI Level 6 programmes are eligible to apply for advanced entry to a number of programmes in Higher Education colleges. For example:
Advanced Entry from QQI Level 6

A student with a QQI Level 6 Award in Business can progress directly into 2nd year of a cognate programme in NCI, TU Tallaght, or to 3rd year in IADT.

A student with a QQI Level 6 Award in Journalism may be offered a place in 2nd year to pursue the Level 8 degree in Journalism in TU Dublin.

QQI Level 6 Journalism graduates may also apply to the final years of Level 8 degrees in Coláiste Dhúlaigh and Ballyfermot Colleges of Further Education.
Advanced entry links are also available for our Level 6 graduates of the Computing course.

Graduates of Advanced Software Development – 6M0691 are eligible for direct entry to year two of computing degree courses in NCI, TUD and IADT.