Policing - Applied Policing - Foundation Programme for Garda Trainees

Garda College


Course Name Policing - Applied Policing - Foundation Programme for Garda Trainees
Course Provider Garda College
Course Code 791 (Assigned by Qualifax. Not an official code)
Course Type Higher Education Direct Entry
Award NameNFQ ClassificationAwarding BodyNFQ Level
Degree - Ordinary Bachelor (Level 7 NFQ)  More info... Major University of Limerick Level 7 NFQ
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Attendance Options Full time
Location (Districts) Templemore
Duration The B.A. in Applied Policing is the Foundation Programme for Garda Trainees. This Training Programme is delivered over 104 weeks leading to a B.A. in Applied Policing. The initial period of 34 weeks including two weeks annual leave takes place at The Garda College. Subsequent training takes place predominantly in selected Garda Divisions.
Entry Requirements

Expand+Is there a height requirement?
The requirement to be of a specific height has been removed and replace with a Physical Competence Test (PCT).

What are the physical requirements?
Physical Requirements Pre Entry Tests

(1) Fitness Test
(2) Phys...

Application Date


The competition for the selection of Garda Trainees attracts a very high number of applicants. Accordingly, the selection process to become a Garda Trainee is comprehensive, with candidates required to undertake a range of relevant assess...

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Course Content

Expand+The Garda College is the national centre for police training, development and learning within the Irish State. It is a modern campus structure on eight acres within the town of Templemore, Co. Tipperary.

What to expect when you start your Garda tr...

Subjects Taught

Expand+The new programme has progressed from subject areas and is organised around thematic modules reflecting the operational roles and responsibilities of a member of An Garda Síochána. The students will cover seven modules on Phase I:

1. Foundations...

Assessment Method

Expand+Academic and Professional Assessment

Throughout the programme Trainee Gardaí/Probationers shall be subject to academic examinations and professional assessments. Participation in all examination subjects and professional assessments is mandatory...


Expand+The Garda College LMS

The Garda LMS is a learning management system or an e-Learning platform which combines and enhances the traditional learning environment in an online setting. This functionality includes content management, email, discussion,...

Careers or Further Progression How do members get into a specialist area?
Ordinarily new members of the service must spend at least three years on normal uniformed policing duties. After that, they are free to apply for any vacancies which may arise in specialist areas. Each section will have its own unique selection procedures.
Further Enquiries How can I find out more?
Further information can be found on the following websites www.publicjobs.ie and www.careersportal.ie.
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