QQI Level 5 – General Studies – Code 5M3114
1 Year Full-time


Are you interested in learning about the criminal law system in Ireland?  The aim of this course is to develop a foundation of knowledge in the area of criminology, forensics and psychology. And how these relate in society, in schools, the workplace and community. 

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.

Entry Requirements          

  • Leaving Cert or its equivalent is advised.
  • Mature students are welcome to apply. Work/life experience will be considered in lieu of formal education.

Programme of Study

Core Modules

  • Communications
  • Research & Study Skills
  • Criminology
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Criminal Law
  • Math
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
Modules offered may be subject to change due to resource demands.

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

Work Experience

Two weeks’ work experience is incorporated into this course.

Career Opportunities

Following completion of the course and progression to further study there can be career opportunities  in the following Forensics/Psychology areas: advocacy worker, Garda Siochana, addiction services and outside the justice sector: TUSLA/HSE, research work, youth work.


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