Pre-University Arts

Course Aim

Thinking about an Arts Degree in the near future or do you wish to widen your education and career options? Pre-University Arts offers an effective gateway for students wishing to study Arts at Higher Education. Pre-University Arts is comprised of a broad range of subjects which offers a basis for knowledge and skills acquisition for learners. This course furnishes the learner with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and versatile footing, from which they can progress to a suitable degree programme to access their chosen career.


Learners will complete a combination of the following:

  • Research and Study Skills
  • Criminal Law
  • Psychology
  • Journalism
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Information and Communication Systems
  • French



QQI Level 5 Major Award (5M3114) in General Studies


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

DCU | Arts & Humanities | Level 8
DkIT | Digital Humanities | Level 8
DkIT | Creative Media| Level 7 & 8
NUI Galway | Arts | Level 8
Maynooth University | Arts | Level 8
UCC | Arts | Level 8
UCD | Arts | Level 8
UL | Psychology & Sociology | Level 8


Career Prospects

Following the successful completion of the Pre-University Arts programme, you may progress to a degree which can lead to a career in:


Law | Counselling | Public Relations | Journalism | Curator | Translation |Social Work | Archaeology Genealogy


As a mature student, I truly feel that participating in the Pre-University course was a liberating experience. I believe it was the best decision to return to education after many years out of education.

The Pre-University arts course involves various modules including Criminal Law, Psychology, Journalism and history, I found every module extremely intriguing and I enjoyed being present every day in class. All the lecturers were co-operative, understanding, reliable and dependable when I needed advice regarding assignments on any module. My course provided me with a valuable and unforgettable experience.

This opportunity was a great foundation for me to transition to University. Due to this course, I was made aware of how assignment briefs operate and how assignments are constructed properly. I would advise any student fresh from leaving cert exams and mature students to grasp the opportunity of this course as it would be very beneficial to their studies at third-level.

Rebecca Burns
Rebecca Burns

2020-21 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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