Pre-Garda Studies

QQI Level 5 Award in Security Studies 5M2110

This is a Pre-Garda course aimed at students who wish to apply to become a member of an Garda Síochána, as well as those looking to take up employment in security.

The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills associated with studying towards and working in Security, focusing on the requirements of An Garda Síochána. The course enables students to develop the practical and theoretical skills and knowledge required in their chosen area of work and study. Throughout their period of training, students complete work placements with recognised security companies at music concerts, sporting events and other public events.

This course has been designed to meet the needs of the security industry in line with the terms of the Private Security Services Act 2004. This course is of particular relevance to students who are interested in a career in An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, Prison Services or the Private Security Industry.

  • 5N2107 Criminology
  • 5N1394 Legal Practice and Procedures
  • 5N1785 Security Industry Procedures
  • 5N1794 Safety and Health at Work
  • 5N1777 Retail Security
  • 5N0692 Conflict Resolution
  • 4N1118 Guarding Skills
  • 4N1114 Door Security Procedures
  • 5N0690 Communications
  • 5N1356 Work Experience / 5N1390 PPD

Course content may be revised for educational or organisational reasons.

Five passes in the Leaving Certificate on Ordinary Level papers at Grade D or better or four passes at least two of which are on Higher Level papers at Grade D or better. Passes must be obtained in English and either Accounting or Mathematics. Leaving Certificate Applied with Distinction grade. Mature students are most welcome to apply.

Students who successfully complete this course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

Students are eligible to apply to PSA for license for Door Security and Static Guarding. This licence may be used for gaining employment abroad.

The QQI Level 5 Award in Security Studies (5M2110) qualification is recognised by the Security Institute of Ireland.