Preliminary Engineering

Engineering Technology QQI Award (Level 5 – 5M2061)

This course has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of students wishing to study Engineering, specifically those who did not satisfy the entry requirements for direct entry to a degree course, and adult returnees to education. Students can apply with the grades achieved in this course for entry into the following Level 7 Engineering degree courses in TU Dublin’s City Centre Campus:

TU709 – Engineering (General Entry)

TU701 – Automation Engineering

TU704 – Civil Engineering

TU703 – Building Engineering

TU717 – Mechanical Engineering

TU714 – Electronics and Communications Engineering

TU705 – Electrical and Control Systems

TU706 – Electrical Services Engineering

TU721 – Aviation Technology

In addition, students can gain entry to the General Entry Level 8 Engineering degree course in TU Dublin (TU805) with a Merit grade in our Maths for STEM module and 5 further distinctions in our other modules. Other Level 8 courses in TU Dublin’s City Centre Campus accessible from Prelim Engineering include:

TU811 – Product Design

TU814 – Transport Operations and Technology

TU873 – Industrial Mathematics

TU874 – Mathematical Sciences

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: €695*

* includes €200 Govt. charge