Pre-Garda & Security Studies

Course Aim

This is the perfect course for anyone inspired to join the Garda Síochána, security organisations or those going on to further studies in criminology or related degrees. With specialist content around conflict resolution, criminology, legal studies and fitness, this comprehensive course will enhance both your study & career opportunities.


Learners will complete a combination of the following:

  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Criminology
  • Communications
  • Security Industry Procedures
  • Sports Stadium Steward
  • Work Experience
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • First Aid Responder
  • Exercise & Fitness

Qualification Obtained

5M2110 QQI Level 5 Security 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

Maynooth University | Law and Criminology | Level 8

UCC | Criminology | Level 8

TU Dublin | DNA and Forensic Analysis | Level 8

GMIT | Forensic Science and Analysis | Level 8

Maynooth University | Arts – Criminology | Level 8

WIT | Computer Forensics and Security | Level 8

WIT / Criminal Justice Studies / Level 8

Sligo IT / Forensic Investigation & Analysis /Level 7


Career Opportunities

The course will allow successful candidates to seek employment in locations such as:

Security Guard | Security Technician | Retail Security Officer | Security Administrator | Sports Stadium Steward | Private Security | Door Security Staff | Apply for entry to An Garda Síochána, Prison Services and the Defence Forces



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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