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Higher Certificate in History & Geography

A two year, Level 6 course in History & Geography at GMIT Mayo campus

Discipline: Heritage

Programme Code: 


Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 6

Programme Duration: Two years

Mode of Study: Full time

Application Route: Apply through the CAO

Entry Requirements: The minimum Leaving Certificate entry requirement for all Higher Certificates (Level 6) is Grade O6/H7 or better in five Leaving Certificate subjects including Mathematics and English or Irish with a minimum of 160

Places: 25

CAO Round 1 Points: 160 (2020)

Why Study?

Studying History & Geography in GMIT Mayo Campus will allow you to:

  • Develop professional skills valued by employers
  • Prepare for a career in the fields of history and geography
  • Acquire transferable skills in digital media and communications
  • Gain employment in the public or private sector
  • Become self-employed
  • Progress to study at level 7 and level 8 and then to masters and doctoral level

The cultural industries and the green economy are key growth sectors in Ireland and internationally.

You will learn in many different ways in the classroom, in our customised lab and through fieldtrips, local, national and international.

Our students are actively involved in the Green Campus initiative and contributed to the Mayo Campus being the first IT campus in Ireland to be awarded the Green Flag.  We were also the first third level college in Ireland to be awarded the Green Flag for biodiversity.

Programme Modules

Programme modules may include the following:

Year 1

  • Irish History
  • Folklore, Folklife  & Oral History
  • Earth Science
  • Rural Development
  • Learning & Innovation Skills
  • PC Applications
  • Electives (Language or Business)

Year 2

  • Natural Environment
  • Society and Nature
  • Introduction to Digital Media
  • Work Experience
  • Local History Genealogy
  • Archaeology: Prehistoric
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Electives (Language or Business)

Career Opportunities

Following successful completion of the Level 6 programme, students may progress to the Level 7, Bachelor of Arts in Culture & Environment and the Level 8, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History & Geography at GMIT Mayo.

These programmes will prepare you for careers which may include but are not limited to:

  • Education Officer
  • Teacher*
  • Environmental Conservation Officer
  • Archaeologist
  • Museum Curator
  • Library and Archives Assistant
  • Rural Recreation Office
  • Green Schools’ Officer
  • Museum Documentation Assistant
  • Ecologist
  • Tourism Officer
  • Historian
  • Genealogist
  • Folklorist
  • Rural and Community Development Officer

* In order to qualify as a secondary school teacher, graduates must complete the Professional Master of Education programme.

Follow-on Studies: 

Students who successfully complete the Level 6 programme, will be eligible to progress to the Level 7, Bachelor of Arts in Culture & Environment and the Level 8, Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History & Geography at GMIT Mayo.

Essential Information: 


Students undertake a range of fieldtrips in Mayo and around Ireland.  There are also optional study trips abroad.

In the past, our students have travelled to cities including:

  • Vienna
  • Berlin
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Edinburgh

Contact Us

Dr Fiona White

Tel: +353 (0)94 904 3216

Email: Fiona White

Fieldtrip to InishturkCultural and languages trip to BerlinStudents exploring the landscape of Inis Mór