Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Cork College of FET Morrison's Island Campus


Security with Criminology
(Security Studies)

Take the first step!


Can you see yourself working in the security industry or the police/armed forces/naval service as a career? Learn a whole range of security related subjects and get your PSA license so that you can get the skills and knowledge you need to get into the industry and take the first step to that career in uniform. Students participate in court visits and site visits.  We offer training and licencing to work in the security sector, which is mandatory under the Private security authority (PSA), this is both for guarding service and door security. This provide students with the relevant certificate to work in the security sector.


Training Provider with PSA.


  • Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4 (note: students who wish to progress to policing require passes in LC Maths and English).
  • For mature applicants experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.
  • CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English. 
  • All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.


September to May.


€300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). See fees & payment for details.


  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies (5M2110).
  • QQI Component Maths (5N1833) – available as option in the evening for learners requiring Maths for progression.


Criminology - 5N2107

Gain an understanding of the behavioural theories associated with crime and its prevention. Look at social and economic factors affecting criminal behaviour. Explore criminal legislation and the role of stakeholders involved in crime prevention. Identify the key characteristics of a broad range of crimes, including drug related crime and outline suitable methods of research and investigation in the area of crime.

Door Security Skills - 4N20611

Learn how to carry out door security activities under supervision and in accordance with current safety and health at work legislation and private security.

Security Guarding Skills - 4N20604

Learn how to to carry out private security guarding activities under supervision and in accordance with current safety and health at work legislation and private security legislation.

Legal Practice and Procedures - 5N1394

Understand the role of the constitution in the Irish legal system, legal terminology and the structure of the Irish court system. Describe proceedings in a court of law. Explore the impact of European law on the Irish system. Evaluate documents and legislation in your relevant area. Identify main categories of remedies e.g compensation etc.

Retail Security - 5N1777

Analyse and reduce potential for loss and security breaches in a variety of retail settings. Respond appropriately to security incidents and emergencies and process daily security reports and reports on security incidents. Use appropriate communication skills and a range of customer device techniques in a variety of situations in the workplace. A demonstration of and an opportunity to try walkie talkies, a vital piece of security technology.

Safety & Health at Work - 5N1794

Develop skills in identifying hazards and carry out risk assessments. Familiarise yourself with the responsibilities and duties of the employer and employee with regards to health and safety. Explore appropriate procedures for use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste in the workplace. Investigate risk facts in relation to safety to include hazards, work environments, work practices, effects of medication, drink and drugs.

Security Industry Procedures - 5N1785

Use a variety of supporting security tools and equipment to support the work of the security officer in dealing with a range of incidents in a variety of security settings. Respond appropriately for preserving a scene of crime and the recording of incidents and liaising with appropriate agencies and organisations. Carry out the duties and procedures required of a security officer and employ appropriate security, fire, health and safety procedures in a variety of settings.

Substance Use, Issues for Youthwork - 5N2176

Access accurate information about substances and their effect. Examine contexts which influence young people’s use and abuse of substances. Examine a range of responses to substance use among young people. Work effectively as part of a team with best practice guidelines and contribute to the development of policy and codes of practice in relation to substance use at project level.

Infection Prevention and Control - 5N3734

Learn how to prevent the spread of infection in the healthcare setting including hand hygiene and standard precautions. Practical instructions in all aspects of practice including cleaning following blood borne spillage and terminal cleaning.

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. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning.


  • First Aid Workshop (online)This First Aid Workshop will introduce the learner to the principles of First Aid. The workshop includes identifying the role of the First Aider. Learners will understand how to respond to various injuries and illnesses including choking, fainting, burns, heart attacks, strokes, panic attacks, sprains and strains. A Certificate from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on completion. The purpose of this workshop is to give the learner a basic understanding of how to deal with First Aid Emergencies. It is not intended as a substitute for a full First Aid Response Course. 
  • Introduction to GDPR – This workshop gives learners an overview of GDPR. The workshop examines what GDPR stands for and gives an understanding of the current data protection rules and obligations. The learners also receive information on the types of data, the terminology associated with GDPR, the penalties with breaches, storage of data and general do’s and don’ts regarding data. A Certificate from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on completion. 
  • Microsoft OutlookThis Microsoft Outlook workshop will give information on accessing your college email, Outlook layout, how to send and receive emails, attaching/downloading a file and reply options.  It also covers organising your emails – folders etc, Outlook settings, signature, out-of-office reply, using the calendar, setting up meetings, setting up reminders and to do lists. A Certificate of from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on completion.  
  • Morrison’s Island Campus as part of the Cork ETB is an accredited training provider for the PSA under strict laws regarding the licensing process in the private security area.


Do we get a Security Licence at the end of the course?

The college does not award licenses. If you successfully complete the required modules students can apply for a Security License from the PSA.

How many people are likely to be in my class?

There are usually between 20-30 students assigned to a class-group, but it depends on demand each year.

How many days per week is the full-time course?

For the full-time day course, teaching occurs from 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Thursday and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Fridays. Classes are of one hour duration.

However, class timetables vary and may be scheduled over 3, 4 or 5 days. Starting times may be later than 9.00am and finishing times may be earlier than 5.00pm.

Individual class timetables are not available until Induction (usually 1st or 2nd week in September.

Is this course a full-time day course online or in-person?

This course is a full-time day course. It is delivered on-site within the classroom. It is not delivered online.

Is work experience / placement organised by the college or do I have to find my own?

Work Experience/Placement is mandatory for this course. Students are generally required to source their own work placement. It is for 2 weeks usually in December (will be confirmed at the start of the year).

When do exams take place?

Normally exams take place at the end of the academic year – end of April/beginning of May. However, some exams do occur during the academic year. There are also assignments/projects/Skills tests done throughout the year.

How long is the full-time day course?

The duration of the full-time day course is one academic year, typically form mid-September until mid-May. The college closes for Mid-term, Christmas and Easter holidays as determined by the Department of Education and Skills.

Is there an interview for this course?

There is no interview. After you apply you will be sent an Application Form to fill out and return. You may be offered a place, but this place is conditional on meeting the course requirements.

Does the course offer a student visa for international students?

No. Please note that it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they meet Immigration and Visa requirements prior to applying for a place on a course. Post Leaving Certificate courses, such as this HCA course, are not eligible to obtain a study visa to enter the state. Further details are available at

Where can employment be secured?

The course meets the needs of the security industry in line with the terms of the Private Security Services Act 2004. Career opportunities exist is every area of the private security industry. The course is also designed for students who are interested in a career in An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, Prison Services or the Fire Services.

What are the fees for this course?

€300 including QQI examination fees (€50) Medical card holders exempt from the €50. NON-EU FEE €3,654 + course fees above.

Is there a part-time course?

There is no part time course. The Night College offers many modules. Details regarding the night courses may be found at and the email address may be of assistance also.


Students undertake a block work placement of 2 weeks in an industry environment. Work placement is a highly valued component of the student experience here at the college. An excellent opportunity for you to gain insight into the world of work.  Students are encouraged to source their own Work Placement but you will be supported by the Work Placement team should you need assistance to do this.


Some of our popular progression opportunities include:

  • UCC: Social Science (CK102), Criminology (Ck113), Law (CK301).
  • MTU Cork: Business (MT550), Business Technology and Communications(MT551). Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS).
  • SETU (Carlow): Analytical Science (SE513).
  • SETU(Carlow): Cybercrime & IT Security (SE606).
  • MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford) for preferential entry for Morrison’s Island Campus students.

Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford & Carlow) for preferential entry for students of Morrison’s Island locations.

Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.


The course meets the needs of the security industry in line with the terms of the Private Security Services Act 2004. Career opportunities exist is every area of the private security industry. Employers in the industry specifically seek us out in the college in order to recruit and employ our graduates. The course is also designed for students who are interested in a career in An Garda Síochána, the Defence Forces, Prison Services or the Fire Services.

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