Criminology including Legal Studies

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies 5M2181

The Criminology including Legal Studies course provides students with a broad introduction to the criminal justice system, exploring the causes and types of crime, as well as theories of crime. The course also examines the core aspects of Irish law and the workings of the legal system including legal procedures and practice.

Employment Opportunities

Direct employment into services such as:

  • Youth Justice and Youth Advocacy services
  • Legal assistant
  • An Garda Síochána
  • Courts/probation services

Course content

  • Criminology
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Social Studies
  • Psychology
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Work Experience

Course features and facilities

  • Opportunity to participate in Erasmus + Programme abroad
  • Educational field trips
  • Specialist workshops
  • Guest speakers
  • Practical and team-working projects provide experience-based learning
  • Work experience forms an integral part of the course, offering the opportunity for learners to gain practical experience, transferable skills and expertise in their chosen fields of interest
  • Garda vetting is a requirement for all students on the programme
  • Access to fully equipped IT suites and Library
  • Certified Training e.g. First Aid

Entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent, LCA or relevant experience
  • Interview
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements

“I would highly recommend Sallynoggin College Of Further Education. There is a great mix of students and everyone is welcomed. The staff are lovely and so willing to help at any time. This course has given me a great opportunity to move onto further courses and study what I love.”
Ava Davis, Graduated 2023

Education progression

Below are some examples of further progression options with this QQI level 5 award in Social Studies including Criminology  including Social Studies
TU Dublin City Centre Social Care G Level 8 TU996

For a more detailed list of progression options please

For more progression options

TU Dublin Blanchardstown Applied Social Studies in Social Care G Level 7 TU791
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Applied Social Studies in Social Care G Level 8 TU991
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Community and Youth Development G Level 7 TU792
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Community Dev. & Youth Work G Level 8 TU992
TU Dublin Tallaght Applied Social Care G Level 8 TU997
UCD Social Sciences Level 8 DN700
UCD Social Policy and Sociology Level 8 DN750
UCD Psychology Level 8 DN720
UCD Arts Level 8 DN520
UCD Humanities Level 8 DN530
UCD Law Level 8 DN600
TCD Sociology / Social Policy Level 8 TR759
TCD Social Policy / Political Science Level 8 TR758
TCD Sociology/ Philosophy Level 8 TR662
TCD Political Science / Law Level 8 TR582
TCD Psychology Level 8 TR006
TCD Deaf Studies G Level 8 TR016
TCD Law Level 8 TR004
DCU Social Sciences and Cultural Innovation Level 8 DC238
DCU Arts-Politics Level 8 DC295
DCU Law and Society (BCL) Level 8 DC232
DCU Health & Society G Level 8 DC209
DCU International Relations Level 8 DC231
DCU Education and Training G Level 8 DC235
Maynooth University Social Science Level 8 MH107
Maynooth University Psychology Level8 MH106
Maynooth University Arts with Criminology Level 8 MH101
Maynooth University Community and Youth Work G+ Level 8 MH116
Maynooth University Law and Criminology Level 8 MH502
UCC Criminology Level 8 CK113
UCC Social Science Level 8 CK102
Marino Institute of Education Education Studies G Level 8 CM010
IADT Applied Psychology Level 8 DL825
NCI Psychology € Level 8 NC010
TU South Community and Addiction Studies G Level 8 LC297
Dundalk IT Community Youth Work G+ Level 7 DK767
Dundalk IT Social Care G Level 8 DK862
South East TU Applied Social Care G Level 7 WD018
South East TU Social Science Level 8 WD187
South East TU Social Care Practice G Level 8 WD192
South East TU Criminal Justice Studies Level 8 WD150
South East TU Psychology Level 8 WD163
Munster TU Counselling with Addiction A G Level 8 MT925
Private Colleges (Fees Payable)
DBS Social Science Level 8 DB566
DBS Applied Social Care G Level 7 DB528
DBS Applied Social Care G Level 8 DB527
DBS Psychology Level 8 DB562
DBS Law Level 8 DB568
ICHAS Counselling & Psychotherapy G Level 8 CI110
ICHAS Counselling & Psychotherapy with Addiction Studies G Level 8 CI111
ICHAS Counselling & Psychotherapy with Youth Studies G Level 8 CI112
€ Fees Payable G Garda Vetting Required + Questionnaire/ Skills Test and Interview A Age Requirement

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change