Pre University Arts and Social Science

AWARD QQI Level 5 Award 5M3114

DURATION One year full time

Course Information

This course will prepare learners to study in the field of the Arts and Social Sciences at University level. Students will take modules similar to those offered in Universities in these disciplines as well as modules to improve their general academic and research skills. This course has links to all of the Arts and Social Science courses offered in Irish universities and more. Rathmines College has an excellent track record in progressing students to University from our level 5 courses. 

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

Course Requirements

Applicants should have completed Leaving Certificate course or equivalent
Mature Applicants welcome.
All applicants whose first language is not English will be tested at entry

Course Modules

Mandatory and Choices from the list below

  • 5N3250 History
  • 5N3249 English Literature
  • 5N0754 Psychology
  • 5N1350 Applied Economics
  • 5N1370 Social Studies
  • 5N1833 Mathematics
  • 5N1837 Politics
  • 5N0780 Cultural and Social History
  • 5N1379 Radio Production
  • 5N1358 Word Processing
  • 5N3113 Research and Study Skills
  • 5N0690 Communications
  • 5N1356 Work Experience
  • 5N1630 Spanish
  • 5N1623 French
Work Experience

Work Experience is an essential part of all our programmes and gives students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired on the course.


General Studies 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.

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