Cultural & Heritage Studies (Pre-University Arts)-Cathal Brugha Campus

Cost €50



QQI Level 5 Award in Cultural & Heritage Studies 5M2154.                   Duration: 1 year

Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding.

What will I study?

  • Archaeology
  • Folklore and Ethnology
  • Local History
  • European Studies
  • Heritage
  • Communications
  • Tourism Principles and Practice
  • W0rk Experience
  • Research & Study Skills
  • Genealogy Workshop

Please note the components listed above may vary occasionally

How will I learn?

The Cultural and Heritage Studies programme offers students a wonderful blend of exciting subjects along with an excellent range of organised cultural trips.

Throughout the year, students will participate in a broad range of interesting projects, field trips, cultural visits and guided tours e.g. Dublin Castle, National Museum, Kilmainham Gaol, Newgrange, Trinity College, National Library of Ireland, National Museum, Glasnevin Cemetery, etc. Course work will consist of a combination of onsite & online learning.


How will I be assessed?

A full Award is granted on passing the relevant eight components. You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the year (Continuous Assessment). On successful completion of each component, you will be awarded a Pass, a Merit or a Distinction grade.

What we would like from you!

We would like to see enquiring minds with strong literacy and communication skills (both verbal & written) for this academic course.The programme is particularly suited to people with a keen interest in subject areas such as history, archaeology and folklore who wish to research these areas further and develop their critical thinking. If you have ambitions to pursue an Arts/Humanities/Law degree-this is the course for you!

Career/Progression Opportunities

This 1-year programme is designed to facilitate students who wish to progress into either:

Employment or new start-up business opportunities in the field of Culture and Heritage or
Higher education in the Arts/Humanities/Law/Social Science areas.
DCU: Arts/Humanities; Secondary teacher training – English, History and Religion; International Relations; Law etc.
Maynooth: Arts; Social Science; Law etc
UCD: Arts/Humanities; Law; Social Science etc
TCD: Arts; Law etc

Participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to gain employment in the area of culture and heritage. There are an extensive range of Higher Education options available to successful graduates of the Cultural and Heritage programme. Eight graduates from the 2020 class are in DCU.
Click the course code  5M2154 to see where this Award links.

You can also select “any award” in the same search box and this will return all courses open to students who have successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course.

See what our Students say

“After finishing my Leaving Cert in 2019 I was really unsure of what I wanted to study. The Cultural and Heritage Studies course in Killester College really helped me figure that out because of the wide variety of modules offered. This course also helped me develop my IT, presentation, essay writing, and research skills. When I completed this course I was accepted into Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology degree in Trinity College Dublin. I would recommend the CHS course in Killester College to anyone looking to learn new skills and progress onto a Level 8 degree”
Caitlin Kavanagh Dunne 2019-’20

This course gave me knowledge and skills that helped me progress onto a level 8 Arts Degree in DCU. I studied Archaeology, Local History, European studies as well as many other subjects. These subjects as well as skills such as IT, presentation, research and essay writing allowed me to enter my level 8 course with a lot of confidence. It was an incredible year and I would highly recommend it for anyone that wishes to learn new subjects and skills and progress to third level education.
Ryan Dunne 2018-’19

Entry Requirements
A student over 16 years seeking entry to this programme does not need a previous formal qualification. However, the student must demonstrate at interview the capacity to successfully participate on this programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCA
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • Students who may not have formal academic requirements but who have the ability to successfully participate on  the course will be considered. (RPL Recognition of Prior Learning)