QQI Level 5 – General Studies - Code 5M3114


1 Year Full-time

Please note: This programme is listed under the Psychology Hub when you make an application through our Enrol system


The aim of this course is develop knowledge and skills relating to behaviour and attitudes that influence our role in social systems/IT systems in the work place, community and societal contexts.

There are two distinct routes available in this programme:

  • Forensics & Psychology
  • Forensics & Criminology (Cyber Crime)

Forensics & Psychology: This programme suitable for those interested in the study of crime, the causes of crime, types of crime and the nature of criminal behaviour. It will equip learners with the knowledge and skills to analyse the criminal justice system in broad terms.

Forensics & Criminology: Digital forensics or ‘cyber security’ is the practice of collecting, analysing, and reporting on information found on computers and networks, which can be applied in law enforcement and investigations, in commercial, private, or institutional applications, and in the context of cyber-security..

Entry Requirements          

  • Leaving Cert/Leaving Cert Applied or its equivalent. 
  • For mature students, work experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.

Programme of Study

Core Modules
  • Work Experience
  • Communications
  • Research & Study Skills
  • Math
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology
Elective Modules
  • The Internet
  • Database Methods
  • Network Essentials
  • Psychology
  • Social Studies
  • Information & Communication Systems

Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

Work Experience

Two weeks’ work experience is incorporated into this course.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities following Forensics/Psychology area employment in the justice sector: advocacy worker, garda siochana, addiction services and outside the justice sector: TUSLA/HSE, research work, youth work.

Those choosing the Forensics/Cyber Security routes would have career opportunities ranging from law enforcement to commerce and cyber-security.


This programme has strong progression into Higher Education Institutions depending on the strand chosen by the learner:

Progression to the following Degree courses:

TUD: TU758 – Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity

TUD: TU863 – Digital Forensics and Cybersecurity

TUD: TU864 – DNA and Forensics Analysis

MIE: CM020 – Early Childhood Education

MIE: CM010 – Education Studies


Please note: Applications for this programme should be made through pre-University General Studies