• Code: LB
  • Certification: QQI (FETAC) Level 5 Award in Cultural and Heritage Studies (5M2154)
  • Duration: One Year


This course is designed for students who are interested in a career in Irish Heritage and Culture and as an access course to a wide range of Arts and Tourism degree programmes at Third Level Colleges. Students on this course gain an understanding of Irish archaeology, local history and an appreciation of Irish culture and heritage. The development of research skills is an important element of this course. Learners undertake a wide range of interesting site visits and tours during the year. Recent tours have included visits to Newgrange (Bru na Boinne), National Folklore Collection, Dalkey Castle and Dublin Castle.

Programme of Study
  • Archaeology
  • Folklore and Ethnology
  • Local History
  • Irish Cultural and Heritage Resources
  • Customer Service
  • Word Processing
  • Communications
  • Work Experience

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award - merit profile
  • Mature Applicants

Places are offered following a successful interview.

Career Opportunities
  • Tourism Information and Interpretive Centres

  • Heritage Attractions

  • Museums

  • Hospitality Sector

  • Customer Service

Higher Education Progression*

Links to a wide range of courses including:


  • Contemporary Culture and Society (DC238), Education and Training (DC235)


  • English Media and Cultural Studies (DL821)

Maynooth University:

  • Arts – Anthropology (MH101), European Studies (MH108), Media Studies (MH109)

Marino Institute of Education

  • Education Studies (CM010)

IT Tallaght:

  • European Studies (TA021), Creative Digital Media (TA022)
Course Co-Ordinator

Paddy McNulty

Where are they now?

Having worked in the private sector for over twenty years returning to education for me felt like a daunting task. Through the guidance and help that I experienced in Bife, I now find myself in second year of a BA Arts degree programme in UCD. The skills that I learnt both in and out of the class room in Bife have been of great help. The cultural and heritage Fetac level 5 course I undertook has been used in my decision to study history and archaeology. On completion of my degree, I hope to be able to find employment in these sectors. - John Duffy

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