Liberal Arts - QQI Level 5

  • Award
  • QQI Level 5 5M3114
  • One year full time

Course Aims

This course aims to provide opportunities for school leavers to gain access to Arts, Social Science & Humanities degree programmes at Universities and I.T.s. It will provide a second chance for many school leavers who aspire to Third Level. This course is confined to school leavers. Similar programmes within CDETB are offered to non-school leavers.

The course provides an introduction to writing skills, research studies and gives a foundation in the academic subjects in preparation for third level.

Please note: some courses may involve remote teaching next year depending on Covid and the instruction from the HSE.

Testimonial: My experience in the Liberal Arts course in Rathmines College was truly incredible, not only did it allow me to gather skills that have helped me immensely in my Arts degree in Trinity College, but also gave me the opportunity to learn from the hugely helpful and passionate lecturers that teach in Rathmines. The lecturers helped to instil confidence in my academic ability which I have carried into my degree and has been essential to my progress in third level. Chloe Fetherston (Liberal Arts 2017-18)

Course Requirements

Students applying for this course should have passed the Leaving Certificate in five subjects, to include English.

  • Students must be under 23 years of age on 1st September of the year of course commencement.
  • All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry.
  • All applicants will be interviewed.
Course Modules

Students will be offered a programme from the following minor awards:

  • Research and Study Skills
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Applied Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Communications
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Word Processing

 Students also choose one of the following three minors:

  • Applied Economics
  • Politics
  • Media Analysis

QQI Level 5 5M3114

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.


Practical assessment and written examinations

Course Charges

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