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.

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  • 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 4N1114 – 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 4N1118 – 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.
  • 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.

Additional Training

  • First Aid (online training): This course will introduce the learner to the principles of First Aid. On successful completion of this course you will be a vital link in the chain of survival. The course includes identifying the role and responsibilities of the first Aider, understanding the principles of infection control.  In addition, learners will describe and demonstrate how to assess a casualty- by conducting an initial check, physical examination, by obtaining a SAMPLE history, assessing levels of Response (AVPU) and identifying problems that are an immediate threat to life.  Finally, learners will describe the requirements for a handover to other health care practitioners. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful 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.

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.

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • UCC: Social Science (CK102), Criminology (Ck113), Law (CK301)
  • MTU Cork: Business (MT550)
  • MTU Cork: 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.  See Progressions for details.

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.

  • Duration: September to May
  • Fees: €300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50).  See payment for details.
  • Certification: 
    • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies 5M2110
    • QQI Component Maths 5N1833 (available as option in the evening for learners requiring Maths for progression).
  • Work Experience: Students undertake a block work placement of 2 weeks in a business/industry environment
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    We were looking for staff to work as front of house security receptionists for a number of corporate clients but found it difficult to get people with the combination of qualifications and licence. We contacted Cork College of Commerce after hearing about the police and security studies course and found exactly what we were looking for. Over the last 5 years we have hired a number of graduates and are very happy with both the calibre of person and the qualifications gained through the college. In fact a number of them have gone on to work directly for our clients in a variety of roles which confirms to me that we are hiring the right people and hope to carry on doing so.

    Michael Kett, Elevare

    Last year I did the Police and Security Studies Level 5 in the College of Commerce. I really enjoyed my time here at the college and because of it I’m doing my dream job- working in K9 security! I learnt so much in my classes and the teachers were so helpful and were always there to help you if you needed it. The college invited the company I work for, CI Secure in for a talk about the work we do and it was so nice to be back. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the college.

    Chloe Hunter, Police and Security Studies, now working with K9 Security.

    Having completed the Police and Security Studies Course I would highly recommend Cork College of Commerce. Being a mature student and going back to education was quite a daunting step for me. The college put me at ease with its friendly and positive atmosphere. The encouragement, support, advice and knowledge that I received from the teachers helped me to achieve better results and gave me the confidence to take on a greater responsibility in employment. It was an enjoyable learning experience and it created many opportunities for me.

    Martina Burke, Police and Security Studies

    I loved my marketing and event management course in CCOC. It is a great college where you get a lot of support and help from your tutors. It gave me the confidence to pursue higher education, which I am currently studying a degree in Marketing and Multimedia at the University of Roehampton.

    Angela Eninš, Marketing and Event Management 2015

    I am a 26 year old qualified accountant working in Quintas Partners in Cork City, I have this week took a senior accountant role within this firm which will give me the platform to progress in my career and achieve my goals I set in 2007 when I started my journey in Cork College of Commerce.

    Don Broderick, Accountant, Quintas Partners

    CCOC provided me with the encouraging, supportive & motivating environment I needed to excel in my studies & progress to UWSTD where I completed my Marketing degree with just one further year study there. The high marks I received in my degree was testament to the three years I spent in CCOC being constantly challenged & supported by brilliant teachers, as is my job as a Marketing Executive.  The personal approach was one of my best aspects, everyone’s needs were catered for individually and there was no “one size fits all” attitude.

    Teresa Lenane, Graduate of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea