Certificate in Legal Studies with Criminology - QQI Level 5

AWARD QQI Level 5 5M3789

DURATION One Year Full Time

"A course where Learners will be exposed to current thinking in Criminology."

This course examines the role and functions of the legal system and its relationship with crime as well as criminal justice. 

About the Course

The Legal Studies and Criminology course will be of interest to those who would like to focus on the study of criminal law and criminology and progress to study criminology at degree level in university. 

Criminology includes the study of causes of crime, deviance, combatting crime, the prison service, policing, the probation service and theories of criminology.

The course also covers the study of business law and legal practice. The course also allows students to progress to the traditional law degree routes at university as well. 

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
  • Business Law
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing
  • Business Administration

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.

Education Progression

On successful completion of a QQI Level 5 course students have the opportunity to progress within Rathmines College to:

QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business - 6M4985.
QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Business - Legal 6M4985.

QQI Level 5 award holders may apply to a wide variety of Higher Education colleges through the CAO system including:

Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) (DN600)
Bachelor of Business and Law (BBL) UCD (DN610)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) TCD (TR004)
BCL (Law and Society) (BCL) DCU (DC232)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) TU Dublin (TU918)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) NUI Maynooth (MH501)
BCL (Law and Criminology) (NUI Maynooth) (MH502)
BA (Hons) in Criminology UCC (CK113)

See the CAO website and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions for more information. Please note that some higher education courses have specific results and subjects requirements.


This couse has a mixture of continuous practical assessments and written examinations.

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.

Course Charges

€460 or €210 (with an in date medical card).

VTOS learners do not pay course fees. 

A deposit of €100 secures a place with the balance to be paid before the course commences.  

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