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Security Studies with Policing

QQI Level 5 in Security Studies (5M2110)


Learners are prepared for employment opportunities within the security industry. This course is of special interest to those interested in joining An Garda Síochána, Defence Forces, and the prison services. With a pronounced academic focus, student learning is focused upon the skills essential for a career in security-related industries.

Entry Requirements

•    Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, or
•    Leaving Certificate Applied, or
•    QQI/FETAC Level 4 award, or
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Personal interview

Principal Area of Study

Legal Practice and Procedures, Security Industry Procedures, Safety and Health at Work, Customer Service, Door Security, Work Experience, Guarding Skills, Word Processing, Criminology



Career Opportunities and Progression

This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third-level institutes also reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23). Learners must apply to each institute individually.

Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 5 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.


Graduates acquire the qualifications and skills necessary for employment in An Garda Síochána, Defence Forces, the airport police, prison services and the larger security industry. Additionally, graduates may progress to further study at third level.


1 Year

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