Are you ‘people focused and intent on pursuing an education in social science, psychology or the humanities? This pre-university course is designed to give you a complete grounding in the concepts, theories, terminology and research skills required to pursue a successful degree in a third level college. Build your confidence and competencies with the methodologies and knowledge necessary to move to degree level.

1 year

  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Applied Social Studies 5M2181 QQI Component Maths 5N1433 (available as an option in the evening for learners requiring Maths for progression)

300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from QQI examination fee of €50)

  • Psychology 5N0754
  • Intercultural Studies 5N0765
  • Social Studies 5N1370
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Human Growth & Development 5N1279
  • Equality & Disability 5N1273
  • Criminology 5N2107
  • Statistics 5N2066
  • Leaving Certificate with a minimum of five O6 grades (Maths preferable). Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants are interviewed. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview. Garda vetting is a pre-requisite to work experience placement.
  • Students will undertake a block work placement of two weeks in a variety of community based settings e.g. social and voluntary settings e.g. social and voluntary services, family centres, community services and residential services. Garda vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for this course.
  • CIT: Social Care (CR031), UCC: Advanced Psychology (CK120), UCC: Criminology (CK113), CCOC: Advanced Certificate in Psychosocial Awareness & Training (6M2263). Special arrangements are in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for CCOC students. Up to 390 CAO points for any IT can be attained. Go to our progressions database at https://www.corkcollegeofcommerce. ie/progressions/ for exact entry requirements on progressions for this course.

This course is designed for progression, to provide a foundation in the knowledge and skills needed to successfully advance and succeed in a 3rd level course in a related area. It is the first step in achieving a career in this area. Guidance Seminars and ‘One-to-One’ Guidance available on the wide range of opportunities.

Employment opportunities working in community projects and the voluntary sector engaging with individual clients, or clients in a community health setting e.g. resource centres, learning disability, family support, youth projects or as a special needs assistant.

Last year I did QQI Level 5 Certificate in Office Administration, Medical and Dental Receptionist. I found the College of Commerce most welcoming and the teachers so helpful and encouraging. I gained confidence in myself as a person and found the whole experience helped me in my future career.

Breda Barry, Medical and Dental Receptionist