This course is designed for those who have an interest in all things historical and cultural. It is an opportunity to gain an understanding of ourselves in the context of the European culture and history. It leads to a qualification that prepares you for work in tourism or cultural environments or as a step on the ladder to Higher Education.

  • Research & Study Skills 5N3113 – The purpose of this module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to effectively engage with research and to present learning for formal academic and other purposes.
  • Word Processing 5N1358 –  Learn to produce professional mailable document. Learn file management and a host of functions including clipart, headers, footers, watermarks, graphics, tabs etc.
  • Social Studies 5N1370 – Understand your position as an individual, family member and as part of a community and wider society. Examine critically contemporary social issues, learn how some sociological theories can be applied to Irish society, increase your effectiveness in life and work through understanding social issues e.g. the impact of discrimination on individuals and groups in society.
  • Local History 5N1296 – The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to conduct in-depth historical research and analysis in local history, using a range of primary and secondary historical sources.
  • European Studies 5N1444 – Develop an understanding of cultural, social and political diversity in Europe to prepare for living, working or studying in other states of the European Union.
  • Communications 5N0690 – Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
  • Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practice employability skills with a view to future planning.
  • Cultural & Social History 5N0780 – The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to appreciate the cultural, social, economic and political history of Ireland from the pre-Christian period to the present day.
  • ESOL (Optional) 5N1632 – Improve your use of the English language and learn a wide range of language skills, both oral and written for a variety of situations such as social and work environments.

Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement.


  • Arts (CK101)
  • Social Science (CK102)
  • Criminology (CK113)
  • Digital Humanities & IT (CK118)
  • Applied Psychology (CK120)
  • Law (CK301)
  • Law & Business (CK307)

MTU Cork – All the Business, Social Science and Childcare degrees in Cork. A good progression available to this award is the Home Economics & Business degree in Cork (MT930) – not many awards are linked to this so this is a good option for any students hoping to progress.

  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Award: QQI Certificate in General Studies 5M3114
  • Fees: €300 including QQI examination fees. Medical card holders exempt €50. Payment plans are available.
  • Work Experience: Students will undertake a block work placement of two weeks in a relevant cultural or historical environment.

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