Pre - University: Arts, Culture and History

Level 5 QQI Award


This is a Full-time One Year course


This course provides students with solid background knowledge and skills for progression to third level and thrive in an Arts or Media Degree.  This course has an excellent record of graduate progression to UCD, IADT and NUI Maynooth.  Students will learn about the cultural richness of Europe, and will develop strong research, journalistic writing and analytical skills.

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate - You must have achieved five passes or five O6/H7's or a combination of five O6/H7's or its equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a Merit Profile
  • A Full Level 4 QQI Award
  • Mature Applicants (aged 21 or over) - appropriate experience will be considered

Course Modules

  • Archaeology
  • Folklore and Ethnology
  • Local History
  • European Studies
  • Political Studies
  • Writing Skills for Journalism
  • Communications
  • Word Processing
  • Work Experience
Module Information

Module Information

Pre - University: Arts, Culture and History
Level 5 QQI Award: Culture and Heritage Studies (5M2154)

Course Content (Module Names and Codes)


Local History Research (5N1296)

Undertake the researching and writing of local history. Learn about the sourcing of research material for the purpose of writing local history articles about individuals, events, buildings, places etc. Both primary and secondary sources will be explored through archives, libraries and the digital media. Objectivity, referencing and presentation are also covered. Field trips will be arranged subject to timetable and weather.

Assessment: Assignment (30%), Project (50%), Diary (20%).


Writing Skills for Journalism (5N2435)

Use your Social Networking skills to source news and to develop ideas for feature and opinion pieces while working on structuring, style and the importance of writing for your audience. Vital elements of media law, including defamation and privacy are also included. Time will be spent writing, studying theory and engaging in discussion on current news events.

Assessment: Assignment (30%), Collection of Work (70%).


European Studies (5N1444)

Learn and understand the historical origins and evolution of the European Union. In addition to the political and economic elements of modern Europe, the explore the physical geography, demographics, transport and communications systems, education and health, lifestyles, human rights and the cultural diversity (architecture, performing arts, language, literature etc.) of the member states. Field trips to relevant institutions are undertaken as part of this subject.

Assessment: Project (70%), Assignment (30%).


Communications (5N0690)

This module explores the role of communication in human interaction in theory and practice. Students are facilitated to gain relevant knowledge, skills, and competence to communicate verbally and nonverbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related situations. Students will have the opportunity to develop important vocational related skills such as report writing, report reading, listening, and speaking skills (through oral presentation, interviews, group work) and modern information communication technology.

Assessment: Collection of Work (50%), Skills Demonstration (50%).


Word Processing (5N1358)

Use a word processing application to learn or improve your skills while laying out a range of business/college/home documents. It includes, Document Set-Up, Formatting Text, Proof Reading, Mail Merge, Tables, File Management, Graphics and Presentation Skills.

Assessment: Assignment (20%), Examination - Practical (80%).


Archaeology (5N0762)

Explore Irish archaeology from the Mesolithic period through to medieval times. Learn about the growing use of scientific disciplines involved in archaeological research, such as forensic science, environmental science, relevant medical and dental disciplines, geophysical and electromagnetic surveys, experimental and reconstruction archaeology, anthropological studies, excavation techniques etc. Field trips are undertaken as part of this subject.

Assessment: Assignment (20%), Project (50%), Examination - Theory (30%).


Folklore and Ethnology (5N1274)

Study the built and material heritage of Ireland. Explore the Oral traditions such as legends, folk beliefs and customs, in addition to the music and dance repertoire unique to Ireland’s cultural heritage. Traditional crafts and daily life of the18th - 19th century is also covered. Folklore and ethnological evidence is revealed through class-room activities, research trips and practical work as part of the research.

Assessment: Project (50%), Examination - Theory (30%), Examination - Practical (20%).


Political Studies (5N1837)

Learn and understand the background and workings of the political systems in Ireland and the European Union, including the key cultural, political, social and economic issues. Gain an awareness of the centrality of politics in everyday life.

Assessment: Assignments (60%),  Examination - Theory (40%).


Work Experience (5N1356)

Prepare for a work placement under supervision for a limited time. This module comprises of a skills audit, achievement audit, rights and responsibilities, vocational area study, an evaluation of work placement and future career options. A Work Placement of 10 working days must be arranged.

Assessment: Portfolio/Collection of Work (60%), Skills Demonstration (40%).


  • Level 5 QQI Award Culture and Heritage Studies (5M2154)

Special Features

Throughout the year students will participate in a broad range of interesting projects, field trips, cultural visits and guided tours of national heritage sites. These include visits to the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Kilmainham Gaol, Arbour Hill Cemetry and a walking tour of Dublin City.

Day trips include Loughcrew Cairns and Megalithic Centre (including Maggie Heaney's cottage), the Medieval Mile Museum, St. Canice's Cathedral, the Round Tower and Kilkenny castle.

In addition students will visit Local History sites in the Dún Laoghaire area during the academic year.

Work Experience

Students will be required to undertake a period of work placement in an organisation connected to their vocational area.  Students are required to source their own work placement but will be assisted in this by the work experience teacher.  The work placement is usually for a period of 10 days or a minimum of 60 hours.  Students usually find the work experience element of the course to be invaluable and should bear in mind that a successful work placement can sometimes lead to further opportunities.

Additional Information


Assessment techniques will be used to assess the knowledge and skills that students will have achieved on successful completion of modules:

  • Student Record
  • Portfolio/Collection of Work
  • Assignments
  • Examination - Written or Practical
  • Project

Progression Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes, at Universities, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities.  Places are not guaranteed and are subject to students meeting certain criteria.  It is the students' responsibility to consult with the individual third level college websites for more information.  Information is also available at

Progression Examples

BA Arts

BA Humanities

BSc Psychology

BSc Social Sciences

University College Dublin

BA in Contemporary Culture and Society

BA in Humanities

Dublin City University

BA in English, Media and Cultural Studies

BA in New Media Studies

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology

Bachelor of Arts

BA in European Studies

BA in Politics

Bachelor of Social Science

National University of Ireland Maynooth

Bachelor of Arts

University College Cork

Bachelor of Arts (English Studies) TR023

Bachelor of Artts (European Studies) TR024

Bachelor of Arts (Histroy) TR003

Bachelor of Arts (Classics, Ancient History, Archaeology) TR021

Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Geography) TR328

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Social Policy) TR759 

Trinity College Dublin

Career Paths

Graduates may seek employment in heritage centres, museums, archives and tourist centres.  Graduates may also choose to work as arts officers, curators or conservationists.  Graduates will find this course to be an ideal grounding from which to progress to an Arts or Media Degree and subsequent teaching qualification.

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Sam Judge

Class of 2021.
Now studying History and German in UCD

What I really liked about the course was that it was very interesting in terms of the history of Ireland especially the course content about the viking settlement in wood…

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Sam Judge

Class of 2021.
Now studying History and German in UCD

What I really liked about the course was that it was very interesting in terms of the history of Ireland especially the course content about the viking settlement in wood quay

Studying in DFEI really helped me in terms of gaining experience doing assignments, project work and working as part of a team doing group projects. I really Enjoyed Arts Culture and History and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in History and studying History in DFEI and beyond.

Course Coordinator

Gemma Cox

Gemma Cox

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