Cost €590

inc. Govt Charge

Cultural & Heritage Studies (Pre-University Arts)

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QQI Level 5 Award in Cultural & Heritage Studies 5M2154.                   Duration: 1 year
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Note: This course costs €390 if you are exempt from €200 Government Charge

What will I study?

  • Archaeology
  • Folklore and Ethnology
  • Local History
  • European Studies
  • Heritage
  • Communications
  • Tourism Principles and Practice
  • Work Experience
  • Word Processing

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 and a work experience placement.

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.

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!

The programme is particularly suited to people with a keen interest in subject areas such as history, archaeology and folklore. If you have ambitions to pursue an Arts/Humanities/Law degree/Social Science-this is the course for you!

Career/Progression Opportunities

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

  1. Employment or new start-up business opportunities in the field of Culture and Heritage or
  2. Higher education in the Arts/Humanities/Law/Social Science. Many of our past students are currently studying in:
    1. DCU (International Relations/Law)
    2. DCU (Secondary teacher training – English, History and Religion)
    3. DCU (Arts/Humanities)
    4. Maynooth (Law, History, Anthropology, European Studies, Social Science)
    5. UCD (Archaeology/Arts, Law, Social Science)

Participants will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to gain employment in the area of culture and heritage and more recently, graduates will explore setting up a tourism enterprise. There are an extensive range of Higher Education options available to successful graduates of the Cultural and Heritage programme.

Click this course code 5M2154 to see the list of Third Level courses this Award links with.  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

I studied Cultural and Heritage studies at Killester College in 2015/2016.When I completed the course I was accepted into the Bachelor of Arts joint honours degree in DCU. I am currently finishing 2nd year and I am studying English and Human Development.
Jamie Lawlor

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. This includes both the academic and work experience elements of the programme. Should the student have previous qualifications, one of the following may be advantageous for admission to the programme:

  • Leaving Certificate/LCVP/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)
  • Mature students (over 21 years) may be entitled to VTOS funding
  • Interview


Course Code 818