Arts, Culture and History: Pre-University Arts


One Year Full-time


Level 5 QQI Award, Culture and Heritage Studies (5M2154)

Course Aims

This course is an excellent foundation course for the Bachelor of Arts degree in University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Maynooth, and other Universities. This course enables the learner to develop an in-depth knowledge of archaeology, local history, folklore and ethnology. Learners will also gain knowledge of the cultural richness of modern Europe, while developing media skills in the areas of; research, journalism, organisation and communications.

Course Requirements

One of the following:

• Leaving Certificate Established/ LCVP

• Leaving Certificate Applied

• Relevant Level 4 QQI Award

• Mature applicants are welcome

Course Modules

• Archaeology

• Folklore and Ethnology

• Local History

• European Studies

• Political Studies

• Writing Skills for Journalism

• Traditional Black and White Photography

• Communications

• Word Processing

• Work Experience


Special Features 

Throughout the year, learners will participate in a broad range of interesting projects, field trips, cultural visits and guided tours; National History Museum, Newgrange/ Melifont, Dublinia and Christchurch, UCD Folklore Archive, European Parliament, Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery Tour, Ferricarrig Heritage Park, Castlebar Museum of Country Life, etc.

Additional Information

Learners have an option to participate in an intensive three to five days Arts, Culture and History field trip, which takes place in March/April to the heritage sites of the north-west or east coast of Ireland. An additional charge will apply.

Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at both Universities and Institutes of Technology. 

Higher Education Links Scheme


BA in Contemporary Culture and Society (DC238)
BA in Humanities (DC009)
Dublin City University
BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies (DL821)
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
BA in Culture and Heritage Studies (CW067 and CW098)
Institute of Technology Carlow
BA in European Studies (TA021)
Institute of Technology Tallaght
Bachelor of Arts (MH101)
BA in European Studies (MH108)
BA in Politics (MH112)
National University of Ireland Maynooth
Bachelor of Arts (CK101)
University College Cork
Bachelor of Arts (DN500)
University College Dublin




For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities, visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution.


Career Paths

Graduates may seek employment in administration, customer Service, payroll/ accounts, secretarial, frontline management, and receptionist roles. These position are available in solicitor’s offices, medical practices/hospitals, financial service industry, education, tourism, call centres, insurance/banks, local authorities, offices in both the private and public sectors.