Pre-University Teaching

Course Aim

Pre-University Teaching lays the foundation for those who wish to progress to a career in education. Learners in the Pre-University Teaching programme will enhance their skills, knowledge and practical experience prior to progressing to higher education. This dynamic course provides progression opportunities to degree programmes in various disciplines including teaching, arts and humanities.


Learners will complete a combination of the following:

  • Research and Study Skills
  • Education and Training Concepts
  • English Literature
  • Law
  • Information & Communication System
  • Journalism
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Communications
  • Work Experience


Qualification Obtained

QQI Level 5 Major Award (5M3114) in General 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.

Higher Education

DCU | Post-Primary Teacher Education | Level 8
DkIT | Arts | Level 8
Marino Institute | Education Studies | Level 8
UCD | Arts | Level 8
NUI Galway | Education | Level 8
Maynooth University | Arts | Level 8
St. Patricks College | Theology & Arts | Level 8
UL | Psychology & Sociology | Level 8

Career Prospects

Following the successful completion of the Pre-University Teaching programme, you may progress to a degree which can lead to a career in:

Post Primary Teaching | Further Education Teaching | Law | Counselling | Journalism | Education Consultant | Special Educational Needs Teaching |Psychology


If you are thinking about going to third level I would highly recommend this course. This course allows you to gain entry to university and also to be prepared academically for university.

At the beginning I was unsure about a PLC course but it was honestly the best decision for me. I have a great interest in history but was unsure of my career path. But then I completed my work experience in the EPIC museum, got offered a part-time job from that and now know the area I wish to work in and the course I want to do at third level.

The teaching staff on this course are very supportive and give you the help and confidence to achieve your goal.

Josh O’Reilly
Josh O’Reilly

2020-21 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 7th September 2020. Fees are subject to change. Please note that no refunds will be made by OFI after Friday 2nd October 2020. 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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