If you have a flair for languages and an interest in Irish Politics and the European Union then this is the course for you. You can develop your language skills in French and Spanish through the use of modern technologies and also learn about Ireland in the context of international politics. This pre-university course provides a broad base of subjects and knowledge which also gives graduates opportunities to work in a European context.

  • European Studies 5N1444 – Develop an understanding of cultural, social and political diversity in Europe to prepare for living, working or studying in other states of the European Union.
  • Political Studies 5N1837 – engage with key political, social, economic and cultural issues in Ireland and the European Union
  • Intercultural Studies 5N0765 – encourages students to appreciate diversity and multiculturalism in 21st century Ireland. Looks at Irish and International examples of cultural diversity – and both the positive and negative outcomes that can arise from these
  • French 5N1623 – Learn to communicate at an intermediate level in French in standard social, cultural and work environments. Develop greater awareness of the culture and civilisation of countries where the French language is spoken. 
  • Spanish 5N1630 – Learn to communicate at an intermediate level in Spanish in standard social, cultural and work environments. Develop greater awareness of the culture and civilisation of countries where the Spanish language is spoken.
  • Word Processing 5N1358 – Create and edit documents to a professional standard. Utilise Memos and Mailmerge for streamlining customer communication
  • Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning.
  • Communications 5N0690 – Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.

Leaving Certificate or equivalent with a minimum of five passes, one of which must be French. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. All applicants are interviewed. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.

  • Professional guest lecturers
  • Two week work placement
  • Educational Field trips

Excellent progression opportunities including:

  • CCOC: QQI Level 6 Advanced Tourism (6M5012)
  • CIT: International Business with Languages (CR425) (requires Spanish)
  • UCC: Arts International (CK108)
  • UCC: World Languages (CK110) (requires a H3 in a LC Language other than English)

Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with CIT (CCPS), Tralee IT and Waterford IT for preferential entry for College of Commerce students. Up to 390 CAO points for any Institute of Technology can be attained by successful completion of this course. Past students have gone on to Arts in UCC, Applied Languages (UL), Business and language (CIT) etc. See Progressions for details.

Job openings for European Studies students can be found in all industry sectors where good langauage and communication skills are required. Administration and business sectors where knowledge of European culture and politics is desirable, tourist facilities, contact centres . All students can access the Jobs Advice Hub. Graduates can subscribe to ‘CCOC college jobs register’ and CCOC LinkedIn alumni for up to date vacancies and networking.

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QQI Level 5 Certificate in Language and European Studies 5M2073

QQI Component Maths 5N1833 and Statistics 5N2066 (available as option in evening for learners requiring Maths or Statistics for progression)

500 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €250). See Payment for details.


I studied Language and European studies at the Cork College of Commerce from 2014-2015, and it was the best choice I ever made. I am now studying in UCC and I definitely wouldn’t have got here without this amazing course. The best year of my life was spent at the Cork College of Commerce!

Dylan Lee, Language and European Studies

The ethos of the college is one of progression for all. The teachers offered me continuous support and encouragement throughout the year. My year has opened doors for me to continue at CIT to study Culinary Arts. I would recommend anyone who is unsure about career prospects to contact the college.

Halima Abdulkarim, Professional Cookery

From being taught how to cook, wait on people, set up tables and being brought out to visit hotels for experience. We learned so much from this course that helps us with everyday life. This year went too fast. I must say that I am glad to have been a part of this course and that it was the best experience to have been a part of in this college.

Jovana Jovanovc, Professional Cookery