CAO points a worry? Unsure of your college choices? Read on……

Every year a significant number of students face into their Leaving Certificate exams full of uncertainty about the direction of their 3rd level studies. It is difficult to make a definite choice from the myriad of courses on offer at a wide range of Universities and Institutes of Technology. Everything can at times seem so rushed. But why the hurry?  

There are a range of pre-university courses on offer at Rathmines College of Further Education that give students the opportunity to gain a qualification while also getting a taste of particular subject areas, such as Accounting, Computing, Law, Marketing, Administration, Media and the Arts.

Long established provider

Rathmines College is a long established provider of Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI), and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional accountancy courses and is also one of the first colleges in Ireland to become an ATI Apprenticeship Provider. 

These courses develop skills in a range of accountancy areas including book-keeping, accounts preparation, VAT analysis, credit control, tax audit and payroll. They also include some study of business management and business law, so students who later choose not to pursue a career in accounting can transfer seamlessly onto a Business Degree programme.

QQI courses in Rathmines College offer extensive progression opportunities to higher education. Level 6 students can do the first year of their degree in Rathmines College and then progress to second year in a range of degree courses in NCI, IADT and TU Dublin (DIT, IT Tallaght and IT Blanchardstown). This advanced entry option can save thousands of euro in fees and students get the benefit of small classes and individual attention during their time in Rathmines College.

We deliver very successful QQI Level 5 and 6 courses in software development. Our students get a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of coding in a variety of languages including Java, C++, C# and Windows programming and Games design and networking essentials. Level 5 students progress through the CAO to most third level colleges including UCD, NUI Maynooth, TU Dublin (DIT, ITB, ITT), National College of Ireland, IADT and many more. 

Our Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development can also progress by advanced entry to second year Level 8 Computer Science courses at TU Dublin, Griffith College and NCI, and are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities available due to the shortage of computer science graduates.


Our 2018 QQI Level 5 Business and Administration graduates progressed to law, accounting, commerce, business, marketing, arts and social science degrees in UCD, DCU, NUI Maynooth, NCI and TU Dublin. QQI Level 5 Liberal Arts graduates have also taken up places in arts and social science degrees at various colleges including: TCD, UCD, DCU, IADT and NUI Maynooth. Our media and journalism graduates have progressed to degree courses in DCU, TU Dublin, NUI Maynooth and IADT. 

Other exciting opportunities became available earlier this year when Trinity College Dublin created new QQI progression opportunities to Law, Global Business and BESS programmes. 

Details of QQI progression routes are available on and to help you navigate the site, we have published a short video on our website  on how to research progression opportunities from QQI level 5 courses. 

Solid foundations

Choose Rathmines College for the opportunity to build solid foundations for your academic and career future.

Contact:   Tel: 01 497 5334

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