Course Participant, QQI Level 5 Major Award in Cultural and Heritage Studies

National Print Museum

Applications by: 19 September 2022

The QQI Cultural and Heritage Studies Award is a long-established, award-winning programme at the National Print Museum which aims to assist people in developing the skills to seek employment in the Cultural and Heritage industry and/or progress to Further Education after the course. The programme combines theory with practical work experience, offering participants the opportunity to work as tour guides within the National Print Museum and another heritage site of choice for the work experience placement. Course participants benefit from weekly familiarisation trips to heritage sites, museums and galleries around the country. Further to this, weekly workshops are provided in the traditional craft of Letterpress.

Past students have progressed to employment in the National Museum of Ireland, Malahide Castle, Airfield, National Gallery of Ireland, IMMA and OPW sites throughout Ireland. Others have taken up places in Trinity College, UCD, DIT (now TU Dublin), Maynooth University and GMIT either applying as mature students, through the CAO, or through Access courses.

Aims of the Programme

The programme aims to provide learners with the skills, knowledge and competence in a range of core subjects in Irish cultural and heritage studies and upskill to work in a range of cultural and heritage contexts and or to progress to further or higher education and training.

On completion of the course learners will be able to:

• Demonstrate a broad range of knowledge in the disciplines of archaeology, folklore & ethnology, history, the arts and other areas of study relevant to Irish culture and heritage.

• Apply the skills and tools of research, interpretation and presentation in the study of Irish culture and heritage

• Demonstrate personal appreciation and critical awareness of new learning in the areas of cultural and heritage studies.

• Use skills and knowledge in accordance with recognised academic and professional standards in the areas of culture and heritage.

• Take responsibility for their learning within a structured context.


Accredited modules included in this Major Award are Folklore and Ethnology; Heritage; Local History; Archaeology; Appreciation of Irish Culture; Customer Service; Work Experience; and Communications. Further modules covered are Tour Guide Training and Letterpress training.


Duration of the programme is 50 weeks. Start Date: 26th September 2022 – Finish Date 15th September 2023

Course Fees:

There are no charges or fees for this course. If entitled, successful applicants will receive a weekly allowance as per the CDETB Training allowance.

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