National Framework of Qualifications

Your FETAC/QQI qualification explained:

Prior to 2003, it was very difficult for people in Ireland to compare courses or to understand which courses demanded more in-depth study than others. The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) was introduced as a system of 10 levels to represent all levels of formal learning from the very initial stages to the most advanced stages. Learners can now clearly see where their course stands in relation to other courses. Learners can also see what courses represent progression from what they have done already. The fan diagram illustrates the 10 level framework and the major award types that are included in it.

Mallow College of Further Education run QQI (FETAC) Level 5 and Level 6 qualifications. Level 5 qualifications are equivalent to achieving an Honours Leaving Certificate and allow learners to progress within the College to Level 6 Advanced Certificates. Furthermore, holders of FETAC Level 5 Certificates and FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificates have the opportunity to apply for Level 6, Level 7 or Level 8 college places in over 40 participating Universities and Institutes of Technology nationwide.