Progression from QQI-FET Modern Languages

Modern Languages combines advanced language skills with the literature, history and culture of the countries where these languages are spoken. It also focuses on developing critical faculties and crosscultural awareness. You can study French, German, Italian or Spanish at an advanced level (post-Leaving Certificate or equivalent), and you can take Italian, Spanish and German as a beginner. Portuguese can be taken on an elective basis.

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How do I get in by this route?

Entry to the first year of Modern Languages (DN541) is available on a competitive basis to students who have attained the relevant awards, including the required modules, with the a minimum of 5 distinctions.

What awards are acceptable?

Pass in one of the following QQI-FET awards with distinctions (80% or better) in a minimum of 5 modules:

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Level 5 Awards  
5M5028 Applied Ecology
5M2181 Applied Social Studies
5M2468 Business Administration
5M2102 Business Studies
5M3050 Community Development
5M4468 Community Health Services
5M0536 Computer Systems and Networks
5M5048 / 5M2155 Creative Media
5M2154 Cultural and Heritage Studies
5M2009 Early Childhood Care and Education
5M0828 eBusiness
5M3635 Education and Training
5M5158 / 5M18519 Film and TV Production
5M3114 General Studies / Liberal Arts
5M1995 Graphic Design
5M2067 Information Processing
5M2111 International Trade
5M2464 Journalism
5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
5M2073 Language and European Studies
5M3789 Legal Studies
5M2069 Marketing
5M5162 Media Engineering
5M0528/ 5M18518 Media Production
5M2146 Multimedia Production
5M2011 Music
5M1997 Office Administration
5M5151 Performing Arts
5M4511 Radio Production
5M0529 Software Development
5M2149 Sound Production
5M5163 Theatre Performance
5M5152 Theatre Production
5M5011 Tourism with Business
5M5165 Trade Union Studies
5M4732 Youth Work
Level 6 Awards  
6M5013 Administration
6M4029 Art
6M3618 Arts Administration
6M5149 Broadcasting
6M4985 Business
6M5545 Cartoon Animation
6M0695 Computer Systems and Networks
6M20496 Digital Media Production
6M3566 Drama
6M2007 Early Childhood Care and Education
6M5159 / 6M18534 Film and TV Production
6M3115 Information, Advice and Advocacy
6M5014 International Contact Centre Service
6M4587 Management
6M5130 Media Production
6M3732 Photography
6M0691 Software Development
6M2115 Supervisory Management for Manufacturing
6M5012 Tourism and Business

What modules are required?

You must have at least one of the following languages with a distinction or Leaving Certificate Grade O6/H7:

Language QQI- FET Modules OR Leaving Certificate Grade
French E30106 or 6N2399 or E20106 or 5N1623 OR O6/H7 in French
German E30107 or 6N2401 or E20107 or 5N1624 OR O6/H7 in German
Italian E30108 or 6N2400 or E20108 or 5N1630
OR O6/H7 in Italian
Spanish E30109 or 6N2404 or E20109 or 5N1626 OR O6/H7 in Spanish

Recommendation: If you choose to study a language at advanced level during your first year, it is recommended that you have at least a H4 grade in that language at Leaving Certificate, or equivalent. Note French is only available at advanced level.

How will I be assessed?

If there are more applicants than places, it will be competitive amongst eligible applicants based on QQI-FET scoring.


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All students must comply with the general regulations of the university