Further Education

Further Education 2020-2021

Security Services 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

  • 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.

  • Students may have to partake in a fitness test

  • Security Industry Procedures 5N1785
  • Legal Practice and Procedures 5N1394
  • Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Door Security Procedures 4N1114
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Criminology 5N2107
  • Computer Applications 4N1112
  • Information Technology Skills 4N1125
  • Teamworking 5N1367
  • QQI Level 5 Award in Security Studies (5M2110). This qualification is recognised by the Security Institute of Ireland.

Students may also apply for the Private Security Authority (PSA) licence for Door Security and Security Guarding on successful completion of the course. Licence fee applies see www.psa.gov.ie

  • Fire Safety Awareness Course
How the course is taught

GTI 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.


Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module.

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

  • On successful completion of this course, students may be considered for entry to all courses in GMIT with the exception of Nursing.

The following are the most relevant:

GMIT: Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Waterford Institute of Technology

  • WD150 Criminal Justice Studies Level 8 Waterford IT

NUIG Galway

  • GY261 Business Studies NUIG ( Shannon College of Hotel Management)

NUIM Maynooth

  • MH502 Law in Maynooth University

Students on completion of QQI Level 5 Security Studies may progress to QQI Level 6 Security Operations and Administration course available in further education colleges in Dublin,Cork, Cavan, Sligo and Tipperary.

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

Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup

Career Opportunities
  • Garda Síochána

  • Defence Forces

  • Prison Services

  • Fire Services

  • Security Guarding

  • Student Services Fee: €175
  • DES Programme Participation Contribution: €200
  • QQI Certification Fee: €50
  • Textbooks: €50
  • First Aid Training: TBC

TOTAL: €475


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

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

For more Information

Andreas Baumann andreas.baumann@gretb.ie

Please Note

GTI 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.

Student Testimonial: Piotyr Wasil

I'm really enjoying the course. I intend to join the Defense Forces and this course is an ideal preparation for that. There is a really good balance between classroom classes and practical lessons. For two of our subjects, we've gone on hiking trips to the Burren and Connemara to learn about outdoor leadership, safety and teamworking. I'd strongly recommend the course to anyone interested in the Defence Forces, Gardai, or the Security Industry.