Fulltime Classroom Generic programmes and qualifications

Pre-3rd Level (General Studies)

Course Description
This course provides a foundation for those wishing to study at Third Level. It also introduces students to methods of study, writing skills and research techniques that are necessary for successful participation in 3rd Level courses and cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary to become a life-long learner. Students are provided the opportunity to explore a variety of specialist modules. This course also supports students to develop strong academic writing and ICT skills. Students taking this course may have already accepted and deferred a CAO offer at a third level institution and may eish to utilise this course to prepare for the challenges of 3rd level.

Higher Education Progression
This course provides progression opportunities/pathways to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO across a wide range of specialist subject areas such as:
• Arts
• Education
• Social Sciences
• Business / Economics / Finance
• Psychology
• Law

Target Award

QQI General Studies – 5M3114

Start Date: 09-09-2024 Hours/week: 33 Hrs 00 Mins Duration: 38 weeks


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
NFQ Level 4 or equivalent when accessing a Level 5 programme.
CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English
Mature learner entry requirements available via the local ETB pathway
Additional requirements may apply to non-EU/EEA Applicants and may be subject to full international fees (Please refer to Information for International Learners) *Each provider may have additional requirements, not outlined above.

Age Requirements
Minimum statutory school leaving age (16+)

Learning Aptitude
Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

Module Award Body
Social Studies Social Studies (5N1370) QQI
Intercultural Studies Intercultural Studies (5N0765) QQI
Psychology Psychology (5N0754) QQI
Research And Study Skills Research & Study Skills (5N3113) QQI
Word Processing Word Processing (5N1358) QQI
Communications (Community) Communications (5N0690) QQI
Human Growth And Development (Community) Human Growth & Development (5N1279) QQI
Work Experience (Community) Work Experience (5N1356) QQI
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this programme learners will have acquired a broad range of knowledge in an area of personal interest together with key skills for academic research and enquiry. Learners will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to make informed decisions concerning participation in further education or training.


Wexford College of FET


Whitemill Industrial Estate, Y35 XR22


  • Free Parking
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Full Canteen
  • Tea/Coffee Making

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Michael Weafer