Pre-University Arts (Access to Primary & Secondary Teaching)

Level 5

Pre-University Arts (Access to Primary and Secondary Teaching) Option to repeat LC Irish

Course Code: 5M3114


Course Content: 

  • English Literature
  • Archaeology
  • Research & Study Skills
  • Internet
  • Cultural & Social History
  • Communications
  • Work Experience
  • Psychology
  • Irish (Hons Leaving Cert) Optional
  • Mathematics (optional)


QQI Certificate in General Studies.


This course is aimed at students wishing to study Arts at Third Level. It introduces them to the methods of study, writing and research skills necessary for successful participation in graduate study.

Learners will also be provided with the opportunity to repeat their Leaving Certificate Irish which may assist with progression to primary teaching.

Progression & Career Options: 

This QQI Level 5 course represents a viable alternative for students who wish to progress to a Third Level Arts Degree or for those (school leavers or mature students) wishing to complete a foundation year before entering higher education. This course is a recognised progression route to Arts in:


NUI Galway



TU Dublin (City Campus)

Maynooth University





Pontifical University Maynooth

There are 175 places reserved in Arts in Maynooth for QQI Level 5 Certificate holders as well as places in related courses in the above Institutes.

Course Code and QQI Title:  5M3114 General Studies  

DIFE Course Title:  Pre-University Arts (Access to Primary and Secondary Teaching)

Level 7 and 8 Courses to which this course is linked:

UCD Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Law, Law and Business. 
UCC Arts, Social Science, Film and Screen Media, Geography and Anthropology, Criminology, Economics. 
DCU Humanities, Post-Primary Teacher Education, Education Religion and English/History/Music Education and Training, Contemporary Culture and Society, International Languages, International Relations, Law and Society. 
Marino Instute of Ed. Education Studies.
Maynooth University Arts, Social Science, European Studies, Anthropology, Politics. International Development. 
UL Arts, History and English, Politics and international Relations, Politics and Public Administration. 
DKIT Digital Humanities.  
Carlow College Humanities
NUI Galway Arts
NCAD Visual Culture
IADT Applied Psychology
Pontifical University, Maynooth Theology and Arts. 
TU Dublin (City Campus) Tourism Management, Visual and Critical Studies.
Entry to a range of other courses in Institutes of Technology.

This is not an exhaustive list.  Applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked Awards, any additional module requirements, application processes and scoring systems with the Admissions Offices of the participating higher education institutions, or visit 

Course Code and QQI Title:  5M3114 General Studies  

DIFE Course Title:  Pre-University Arts (Access to Primary and Secondary Teaching)


Student Registration Fee € 200
PLC Government Levy € 200
QQI Exam Fee € 50
Course Fees/Materials
DIFE Total € 450
Note – Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the course fees outlined above. 
€30 of the Student Registration Fee is non-refundable. All fees are subject to change.


DIFE allowed me to grow both as a student and as a person. The environment and atmosphere in DIFE is brilliant it made learning easier. It equipped me with the skills necessary to deal with university. I am now studying in Maynooth’ Nathan (past student)