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Police & Security Studies

Course Code(s):  5M2110
QQI Award Code:  5M2110 Security Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2110
QQI Award Code 5M2110 Security Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed for those who want to work in the security industry or prepare for application to the police/armed forces/naval service.

The course includes the modules required for basic licencing (PSA) coupled with a whole range of security related subjects and skills.

What will you Study?

Criminology 5N2107
Door Security Procedures - 4N1114
Guarding Skills - 4N1118
Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
Retail Security 5N1777
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Security Industry Procedures 5N1785
Word Processing 5N1358
Work Experience 5N1356
Communications 5N0690
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CSSXX 5M2110

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Further Research

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Security and Crimonology Mallow College of Further Education 
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Police & Security Studies - Advanced Cork College of Commerce 
Security Operations & Management Mallow College of Further Education 

Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
IT Security Specialist   Forensic Pathologist  
Army Apprentice   Pathologist  
Forensic Scientist   Firefighter  
Fire Officer   Electronic Security Systems Technician  
Army Recruit   Air Corps Cadet - Pilot  
Garda   Probation Officer  
Garda Reserve (Voluntary)   Coastguard  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Security, Defence & Law Enforcement
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.