Pre-University Arts and Social Science
QQI Level 5 5M3114

Pre-University Arts and Social Science Course - Dublin

At BFEI, located in Blackrock, Co.Dublin we offer a QQI Level 5 Pre-University Arts and Social Science course.

Are you curious about how people and societies interact and would like to discover more? Are you interested in pursuing a degree in the Arts or Social Sciences or just unsure about what direction to take at 3rd level? This course is designed as a transition year to studying at third level to maximise your potential for success. It provides the fundamental knowledge and skills required for success in a broad based Arts/Social Science programme. It also offers the mature learner who has an interest in understanding the political environment, an opportunity to explore and evaluate issues in a dynamically changing European social context.

From September 2024, learners will be afforded the opportunity to pursue elective modules on the Pre-University Arts and Social Science course. There are five mandatory modules, and learners can then choose any three from the elective modules listed below.

Course Code PAS
Duration 1 Year
Number of Places 30
Contact Hours 22 approx
Days per WK 5 Days

What will I study?

The following modules are studied in the course:

Year 1 European Studies (Elective) History (Elective) Political Studies (Elective) Social Studies (Elective) Communications (Mandatory) Research & Study Skills (Mandatory) Statistics (Mandatory) Work Experience (Mandatory) Word Processing (Mandatory)

Entry Requirements

  • You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.
  • Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Assessment and Certification

Assessment is based on a combination of assignments and exams. 

You will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in General Studies (5M3114).


If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

Check out more progression options by downloading the BFEI Progression Pathways Chart.

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