Preliminary Engineering

Engineering Technology QQI Award (Level 5 – 5M2061)

The Preliminary Engineering course has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of students wishing to study Engineering at third level, specifically those who did not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry to a degree course, and adult returnees to education.

By completing our ‘Maths for STEM’ module, graduates of the Preliminary Engineering course will have the opportunity to progress to the following Level 8 Engineering courses:

  • TR032 – Engineering, in Trinity College Dublin (TCD).
  • TU805 – Engineering (General Entry), TU811 – Product Design, TU814 – Transport Operations and Technology, TU873 – Industrial Mathematics, and TU874 – Mathematical Sciences, all in Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin).
  • A variety of other Level 8 courses nationwide via the CAO QQI application system.

Preliminary Engineering graduates can also progress to TU709, TU Dublin’s General Entry Level 7 degree course, as well as a range of other Level 7 degree courses nationwide.

Course Content

Maths for STEM, Physics, Mechanics, Chemistry, Engineering Workshop Processes, Computer Aided Draughting (2D), Work Experience, Communications.


QQI Level 5


1 Year

Entry Requirements

Preliminary Engineering requires five passes in Leaving Certificate (one of which should be a minimum of C3 / O4 in Ordinary Level Mathematics).  Leaving Certificate Applied is not suitable for this course.
Mature students (over 21) who do not meet the minimum academic requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to successfully participate on the course will be considered.

College Links & Career Opportunities

Students who meet the entry criteria explained may gain entry to the named courses by way of a Round Zero offer from the CAO.  Students can use this major award (5M2061) to apply to colleges through the CAO. See the list of colleges accepting this award as an entry requirement here.

Course Charges

Year 1: €495