Literature and Cultural Studies - QQI Level 5

AWARD QQI Level 5 5M3114

DURATION One Year Full Time

"With an emphasis on literature and analysis, this course offers a unique selection of modules which have been selected to enable learners to explore the world of fiction, drama, film and to develop their own creative writing skills. Alongside this main emphasis, the course offers learners the chance to learn introductory psychology and cultural & social history which aim to enhance the learner’s understanding of the world of literature."

About the Course

The aim of the course is to provide an introductory window into the world of Anglo-Irish literature which will include classic works of fiction, drama, poetry, balladry and film produced in Ireland.

Rathmines College is the only college which offers a course of this kind in Dublin. Ireland has produced some of the best writers in the English language including W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, James Joyce, Dorothy McCardle, Samuel Beckett and J.M. Synge, Molly Keane, Eavan Boland, Flann O’Brien, Luke Kelly, Dolores Riordan, Edna O’Brien, Séamus Heaney, Graham Norton and Sally Rooney.

This immersion in Irish literary genius serves the course’s secondary purpose: to encourage and embolden leaners to produce their own contributions to the Irish literary canon. Understanding psychology and history, particularly when looking at the Irish experience, will greatly assist the learners to understand unique quality of Irish writing, and how it has emerged. The teachers on this particular course offer a range of expertise that is second to none in Dublin. Learners on this course will be guided through the literature by teachers with the highest qualifications in the respective fields of Literary Theory, History and Psychology, and by published poets and writers.

The tertiary goal of the course is to furnish each learner with the writing skills, organization skills and professional skills that they will need to produce and to publish their own work. As such, it is the goal to assist the learners to become writers themselves in an open-minded and supportive environment.

  • Research & Study Skills
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Psychology
  • English Literature
  • Cultural Social History
  • Literary Visual & Performing Arts
  • The Internet
  • Creative Writing
  • Teamworking
  • Personal and Professional Development
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

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 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.


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

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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