Arts, Law & Teaching Department

Pre-University Teaching

Education and Training 5M3635 or General Studies 5M3114

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The following modules are subject to change due to availability and demand: 

  • Concepts in Education and Training
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Psychology
  • Word Processing
  • Interpersonal and Group Behaviour
  • Approaches to Early Childhood Education
  • Language Option
  • English Literature
  • Understanding Special Needs
  • Digital Presentations
  • History
  • Peer Mentoring


This one-year course, similar to our other arts programme, aims to prepare participants for entrance into Arts programmes in Irish universities and colleges but also lay foundations for those who want to pursue a career as either a primary or post-primary teacher. While the course also prepares students for entry to employment in a range of settings, it is mainly aimed at those who want to pursue careers in the education and training arena. By progressing to an arts degree or education and training qualification, and then on to a post graduate qualification, students can access the many opportunities in the world of education and training. This course basically lays the foundation for those who know education is their first choice of career.



  • QQI Level 5 in Education and Training 5M3635


There are now over 175 places in First Arts in 30 places in UCD as well as numerous places in Maynooth University, DCU, UCC, and many local IT colleges for students who hold a QQI qualification in Education and Training. There are also opportunities in education, training, European administration, as well as in the business world. Graduates from this course may gain entry to the BSc Education and Training at DCU. While there is no direct link to primary teaching from QQI, students on completion of the Level 5 award, may apply through the CAO for a range of available courses as part of the newly expanded QQI Links scheme. These include Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies at Marino Institute of Education, Post-Primary Teacher Education at DCU and Arts Degrees at DCU, Maynooth and UCD.

There are also a large range of other degree courses available in universities and Institutes of Technology throughout the country. Students can then apply for the Postgraduate Masters in Education (PME) which results in a qualified primary or post primary teacher.


  • Leaving Cert or LCA
  • Mature students of all backgrounds
  • Other equivalent qualification

All applicants will be interviewed regardless of previous qualifications.

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Maynooth: MH101 Arts (Level 8, 4 Years)

DCU: DC235 Education and Training (Level 8, 4 Years)

DCU: DC009 Joint Arts (Level 8, 3 Years)

DCU: DC010/011/012/ Post Primary Teacher Education – Religious Education and English/ History/Music (Level 8, 4 Years)

Marino: CM010 Education Studies (Level 8, 4 Years)

Marino: CM020 Early Childhood Education (Level8, 4 Years)

St. Angela’s College Sligo (NUIG):
AS001/002/003 Home Economics Teacher Education (Level 9, 5 Years)

TU Dublin Blanchardstown: BN118TU993 Early Childhood Care and
Education (Level 8, 4 Years)


For information on fees, please see our Fees page