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.

Higher Education Progression

DCU | Arts & Humanities | Level 8
DKIT | Digital Humanities | Level 8
DKIT | Media Arts & Technology | Level 7
NUIG | Arts | Level 8
NUIM | 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



Student Services Costs: €200

Government Levy (PPC): €200

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the Government Levy (PPC):

  • Full medical Card holders in their own right and their dependent children
  • Those who are eligible under the student grant scheme
  • Those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)


QQI Certification Charge:

  • QQI Level 5 €50
  • QQI Level 6 €80


Fees charged by professional bodies - These will be outlined under Additional fees for applicable courses.

Additional costs which may include: Books, uniforms, equipment and trips.



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