If you are interested in entering or re-entering the workforce or are thinking about going on to Higher Education in the future then this is the course for you. Get a grounding in all of the skills necessary to go to work or university as well as exploring your own personal development and effectiveness. This is a super preparatory course for anyone who wants to move forward with their life.

  • 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.
  • Personal and Professional Development 5N2985 – Develop appropriate self assessment tools for personal and vocational settings. Identify personal strengths, learning strategies and decision making methodologies. Analyse factors that enable and prohibit personal success.  Use research skills and develop a range of materials to achieve personal and career goals.
  • Personal Effectiveness 5N1390 – Reflect on your own personal role in a workplace including the skills needed for your job, personal strengths and weaknesses and the people issues and work practices which influence how you do your work.
  • Business Administration Skills 5N1610 – Examine a range of recruitment options for selecting and appointing staff and current employment rights legislation. Maintain a range of documents pertaining to HR management and employees  including employment contracts, attendance records etc. Explore sources of finance for a business including cash-flow. Examine different types of meetings held and complete a range of documentation necessary for the effective function of a meeting. Explain the role of quality systems.
  • 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.
  • 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)

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 it’s a good option for any students hoping to progress.

  • Law & Business (CK307)
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Award: QQI Level 5 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 an area that is of interest to them.

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