Course Objective

Course Modules

1This one year course leading to a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies is designed to prepare students for employment in the highly specialised security industry.It introduces the learner to a range of personal and professional qualities required of a security person, an understanding of the relevant legislation, regulations and standards in the Irish private security industry and the skills necessary to obtain employment in the industry.
  • Legal Practice and Procedures
  • Security Industry Procedures
  • Safety & Health at Work
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Stadium Steward
  • Criminology
  • Customer Service
  • Word Processing
  • (Guarding Skills and Door Security Skills Optional)

* Modules subject to change

The Security Studies award is a valuable addition to those who are preparing to join An Garda Siochana, the Defence Forces or the Prison Service. It will also benefit those seeking to set up their own security business.


 Previous students have achieved direct employment in static guarding, mobile security patrols, retail security and security for special events. Also students have gained entry into the Defence Forces and the Irish Navy.  This course gives the learner a valuable insight on how to set up your own security company.

Students who successfully complete this course may gain entry to the Garda Siochana, Prison Service, Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme. Students who complete this award are eligible to apply for membership of the Private Security Authority of Ireland (PSA)

Where are Students now?

Class of 2009/10

  • Alan Caplice – Working as a Sales Representative
  • Paul Harte – Studying Software Design at Carlow IT

 Class 2011/12

  • Jonathon Breslin – Training with the Defence Forces
  • Samson Osumah – Studying QQI Level 6 in Business Management at Portlaoise College
  • Martin Sludds – Working as a Static Guard in the security industry

Class of 2012/13

  • Kevin Jones – Accepted into the Irish Navy

What have students to say about the course?


Carl Beverley – Class of 2010/11

Out of School Learning

Each year Security and Business Studies students visit the fantastic new Criminal Courts of Justice building in Dublin. During the visit students are given an opportunity to discuss the operation of the Courts.

securitycourts with a practicing barrister.

Students are then given a tour of a vacant court room and were able to partake in a ‘mock’ court where they were assigned roles of the Judge, the Jury, the Defendant, Witnesses, etc.

Barristers and Solicitors

After this students attend a real court hearing where they hear opening addresses, testimony and cross-examination of witnesses.
Other activities that have taken place include a visit from the local Prison sniffer dog unit, talks from members of the Gardai and visits from leading security companies.


Students may apply on-line from the 23rd January 2017. Facilities will be available in Portlaoise College Institute of Further Education for students to apply on-line on Thursday 9 March 2017 between 5pm and 7.00pm (Open Evening)


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5 days per week - Monday to Thursday 9am - 3:55pm and Friday 9am - 1:15pm

For further details, please contact:

Mr Emmet Scully,
Course Co-ordinator,
Portlaoise College,
Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel: (057) 8621480 / 8621456

Each PLC course is subject to availability. Laois & Offaly ETB reserves the right to cancel or discontinue courses.