Pre-Garda & Security Studies 5M2110

This course allows students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a career in private security, the uniformed services and the following related areas: Garda Síochána, Defence Forces, Prison Services and Fire Services.

This course is designed to

Provide participants wishing to make a career in the private security industry or the uniformed services with a thorough grounding in the legal and practical dimensions of security.

Entry Requirements

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

  • Interview

  • Mature applicants welcome

  • Applicants whose first language is not English will require a competency as stated in our admissions policy here
  • This course requires participants to be Garda vetted. Continued participation on the course and work placement is dependent on the successful completion of this process.

Course Content

  • Security Industry Procedures 5N1785

  • Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394

  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Information Communication Systems 5N1952

  • Communications 5N0690

  • Event Production 5N1374

  • Security Guarding Skills 4N20604

  • Door Security Skills 4N20611

Optional Modules

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths (5N1833) as an extra module.


QQI Level 5 Award in Security Studies (5M2110). This qualification is recognised by the Security Institute of Ireland.

How the course is taught

SCFE has developed a style of teaching to meet the demands of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.
  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to make the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.
  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

Progression to Higher Education

  • Students who successfully complete this course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme.

  • Students are eligible to apply to PSA for license for Door Security and Static Guarding. This licence may be used for gaining employment abroad.

The following courses are the most relevant:

ATU - Sligo

Please note that all QQI Further Education graduates who hold a major Level 5 or Level 6 award are eligible to apply for any ATU Sligo programme through the CAO system.

ATU - Galway

ATU - Letterkenny

The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

Click here for details of CAO QQI Requirements Lookup

Career Opportunities

  • Garda Síochána

  • Defence Forces

  • Prison Services

  • Retail Security

  • Fire Services

  • Security Guarding


  • There are no fees to study this course


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September - May

For more information

Phone 07191-45480 or email [email protected]

Please Note

Sligocfe reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.