Pre-Garda & Security Studies

Course Aim

This is the perfect course for anyone inspired to join the Garda Síochána, defence forces, security organisations or those going on to further studies in criminology, law or related degrees. With specialist content around conflict resolution, criminology, legal studies and fitness, this comprehensive course will enhance both your study & career opportunities.  Following successful completion of certain modules, learners will be able to apply for registration with the Private Security Authority as a Door Security or Static Security personnel.


Learners will complete a combination of the following:

  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Criminology
  • Communications
  • Security Industry Procedures
  • Retail Security
  • Door Security
  • Work Experience
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • First Aid Responder
  • Exercise & Fitness

Qualification Obtained

5M2110 QQI Level 5 Security Studies


Entry Requirements

All our Level 5 PLC courses are open to school leavers (Leaving Cert/ Leaving Cert Applied Students/A Levels/GCSE or equivalent), QQI Level 4 graduates and mature applicants. A QQI Level 5 award is a prerequisite to access a Level 6 programme.

Progression To Degrees

Maynooth University | Law and Criminology | Level 8

UCC | Criminology | Level 8

TU Dublin | DNA and Forensic Analysis | Level 8

GMIT | Forensic Science and Analysis | Level 8

Maynooth University | Arts – Criminology | Level 8

WIT | Computer Forensics and Security | Level 8

WIT / Criminal Justice Studies / Level 8

Sligo IT / Forensic Investigation & Analysis /Level 7


Career Opportunities

The course will allow successful candidates to seek employment in locations such as:

Security Guard | Security Technician | Retail Security Officer | Security Administrator | Private Security | Door Security Staff | Apply for entry to An Garda Síochána, Prison Services and the Defence Forces



2021-22 Course Fees

  • Enrolment Fee
  • Student Registration
  • PLC Government Levy
  • Exam Fees
  • Specialist Course Fees


Note - Some courses may require the learner to purchase relevant industry-specific material for their own use which may not be included in the list of course fees.

€30 of Enrolment Fees are Non-Refundable. All fees subject to change.

Fee Exemptions

The following categories of participant are exempt from paying the PLC Government Levy:

  • Medical Card/SUSI Grant/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from PLC Government Levy. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

  • Medical Card/Back to Education Allowance Holders may be exempted from QQI Exam Fees. Documentary Evidence must be presented immediately to avail of such exemptions.

Fee Payments

All fees must be paid online with a Credit/Debit card in advance of course commencement on 13th September 2021. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after 1st October 2021. All requests for refunds must be made by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 



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