Preliminary Engineering

Engineering Technology QQI Award (Level 5 – 5M2061)

This Preliminary Engineering 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 at degree level, and adult returnees to education.

Students can apply with the grades achieved on this QQI course for entry into the degrees below. This is done through the CAO.

DT002 – Engineering Systems Maintenance

DT003 – Automation Engineering

DT004 – Civil Engineering

DT005 – Building Services Engineering

DT006 – Mechanical Engineering

DT008 – Electronics & Communications Engineering

DT009 – Electrical & Control Systems

DT010 – Electrical Services Engineering

DT011- Aviation Technology

The Level 7 General Entry course (DT097) is accessible to students who pass the Maths for STEM modules and meet DIT points by grades achieved on this QQI course.

In addition, students can gain entry to the following Level 8 Engineering degree courses in DIT with a merit grade in the Maths for STEM module and meeting DIT points by grades achieved on this QQI course.

DT066 – Engineering (General entry – can lead to year 2 of DT022, DT024, DT027 and others)

DT021 – Electronic Engineering

DT028 – Transport Technology

DT081 – Computer Engineering

Course Content

Maths for STEM, Physics, Mechanics, Materials Science, 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