Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Law and Criminology 5M3789

This course provides students with an introduction to the Irish legal system and general law subjects, with a clear focus on criminology. Although the same QQI Award as Legal Studies this course focuses on crime and criminal law, and will include seminars and events in this arena, such as criminal court visits and input from stakeholders related to crime and law such as the Garda Siochana. Students may also choose work placements for work experience in this particular vocational area. It is suited to students who wish to progress to a degree in law at third level specifically Criminal Law. This course is designed to help students develop the essential skills and techniques which form the basis for a career in business, public service or the legal industry. It will also enable learners to obtain a general understanding of legal principles and allow them to appreciate the role of the law in their personal and vocational lives. It is also intended to prepare learners for employment or further study in related areas.

This Course is designed to:

Provide the participants with an introduction to Law and is the ideal starting point for anyone considering progressing to third level to study for a law degree or further study in the legal profession.

Entry Requirements

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent.

Pre admission guidance meeting

Mature applicants welcome.

Course Content

Business Law 5N2091

Legal Practice & Procedures 5N1394

Criminal Law 5N3787

Safety & Health at Work 5N1794

Work Experience 5N1356

Communications 5N0690

Criminology 5N2107

Word Processing 5N1358


QQI Level 5 Award in Legal Studies 5M3789

Progression to Higher Education

Students who successfully complete this course may gain entry to third level institutions and colleges. On successful completion of this course, students may be considered for entry to all courses in Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Galway with the exception of Nursing.

Some of the courses at third level include:

University of Galway

Atlantic Technological University (ATU) Letterkenny

South East Technological University Waterford

Technological University Shannon (TUS) Limerick

See the * CAO website and the websites of the relevant higher education institutions for more information. Please note that some higher education courses have specific results and subject requirements.

Other Law courses that students may progress to include UCC, UCD, DCU and Maynooth University.

How the Course is Taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs 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.

Career Opportunities

Legal Clerk, Paralegal, Legal Executive, Administration in Law Office, Garda Siochana, Probation Services, and those stakeholders who work close with Gardai and Courts for crime prevention. After this course, students may also wish to pursue further study at other institutions to become a solicitor or barrister-at-law.


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


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

Adult Education

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

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.


Deciding to enrol in GTI was the best decision I ever made. Before beginning this programme I didn’t know much about law but always had an interest. This course focused on many areas of law such as legal practices and procedures, business law, criminal law, EU law and criminology. This course taught me valuable communication and computer software skills. I made amazing friends during my time in GTI. The work experience gave me a taste of what it is like to work in the legal sector. GTI gave us the opportunity to apply for the Leargas Erasmus + programme. I was fortunate enough to be accepted and spent 3 weeks in South Devon college, UK. I graduated from GTI with a QQI Level 5 in legal studies. I achieved 8/8 distinctions from a lot of studyand help from the lecturers who were always very supportive, motivating and approachable. I am now studying the BCL Law degree in University College Dublin even though I have never completed my leaving certificate. I would like to thank the staff at GTI for helping me achieve my goal.

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