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Where can I find out about NFQ levels?

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) was launched in 2003. 

QQI now has responsibility for overseeing the NFQ. You will find further information about the NFQ here.

Can a provider contribute to the development of an award in the Common Awards System (CAS)?

QQI accepts formal proposals for new awards and/or the review of existing awards. Guidelines on the criteria to be addressed in an application to QQI can be viewed here.

How is an award different from a programme?

An award is determined and made by QQI

programme is developed and delivered by the provider.

The programme can be described as the journey, while the award is the destination. Therefore different programmes, from different providers, may all lead to the same award.

What is the Common Awards System?

Under the Common Awards System (CAS) all QQI awards have a common structure and common characteristics and features such as title, level, volume, profile, assessment and grading. These common awards will be published on www.qqi.ie and available to all providers registered for provision with QQI. Programmes leading to these common awards must be validated by QQI prior to delivery.

What is an Award?

An award is a record that the learner has achieved the standards of knowledge, skill and competence required.  The learner receives documentary confirmation of this record by means of a certificate or statement of results.

There are four award-types on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

  • http://www.fess.ie/templates/ja_edenite/images/bullet.gif) 18px 7px no-repeat;"> Major
  • http://www.fess.ie/templates/ja_edenite/images/bullet.gif) 18px 7px no-repeat;"> Minor
  • http://www.fess.ie/templates/ja_edenite/images/bullet.gif) 18px 7px no-repeat;"> Special Purpose
  • http://www.fess.ie/templates/ja_edenite/images/bullet.gif) 18px 7px no-repeat;"> Supplemental

Standards for QQI awards at NFQ Level 1 - Level 6 are determined and published by QQI in documents called award specifications:

  • http://www.fess.ie/templates/ja_edenite/images/bullet.gif) 18px 7px no-repeat;"> A Certificate Specification outlines the standards required for a major award
  • http://www.fess.ie/templates/ja_edenite/images/bullet.gif) 18px 7px no-repeat;">A Component Specification outlines the standards required for a minor award
  • http://www.fess.ie/templates/ja_edenite/images/bullet.gif) 18px 7px no-repeat;">A Specific Purpose Specification outlines the standards required for a special purpose award
  • http://www.fess.ie/templates/ja_edenite/images/bullet.gif) 18px 7px no-repeat;">A Supplemental Specification outlines the standards required for a supplemental award