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Quality and Qualifications Ireland (Dearbhú Cáilíochta agus Cáilíochtaí Éireann)
NARIC Ireland at Quality and Qualifications Ireland

26-27 Denzille Lane

D02 P266

IRELAND

Phone: +353 1 905 8100
Fax:
E-mail: naric@qqi.ie
Web Site: http://www.naric.ie
Contact person: Angela Lambkin, NARIC Ireland

National education bodies

Department of Education and Science
An Roinn Oideachais Agus Eolaíochta

System of education

Education System in Ireland

Education is compulsory for children in Ireland from the ages of six to sixteen or until students have completed three years of second-level education.

The Irish education system is made up of:

State-funded education is available at all levels, unless you choose to send your child to a private institution


Link(s): English

University education

Universities in Ireland

Universities

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4www.ucd.ie
University College Cork, Corkwww.ucc.ie
National University of Ireland, Galwaywww.nuigalway.ie
Maynooth University (NUIM) www.maynoothuniversity.ie/
University of Limerick, Limerickwww.ul.ie
Trinity College, Dublinwww.tcd.ie
Dublin City Universitywww.dcu.ie

Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

QQI is the state agency with responsibility for quality assurance of education and training of further and higher education and training providers in the state in the context of post-school provision.


www.qqi.ie



Link(s): www.qqi.ie

Post-secondary non-university education

Further Education and Training Ireland

Further Education

Further Education covers education and training which occurs after second level schooling but which is not part of the third level system. The providers of Further and Adult Education and Training include a wide variety of schools, organisations and institutions (public and private), who are involved in the delivery of continuing education and training for young school leavers, job seekers, the employed and adults returning to education. See http://qsearch.qqi.ie/WebPart/Search?searchtype=providers



Organisational Restructuring 

  • The Education and Training Boards Act 2013 was passed in May 2013.  The Act provides for the dissolution of Vocational Education Committees (VECs) and for the establishment of the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) through a process involving the merger of some of the 33 existing VECs. 
  • The Further Education and Training Act 2013 was signed into law in July 2013. The Act provides for the establishment of SOLAS and the dissolution of FÁS. The legislation also provides for the gradual transfer of FÁS training centres and training staff to the newly formed Education and Training Boards.

Establishment of ETBs

  • Arising from the commencement of the Education and Training Boards Act, the 16 ETBs were established on 1st July 2013. 
  • Upon establishment, the ETBs had responsibility for the delivery of primary, post primary and further education in line with their predecessor VECs.  The transfer of former FÁS training functions would occur on a phased basis.

Establishment of SOLAS

SOLAS was established on 27 October 2013, bringing about the dissolution of FÁS. SOLAS will work with the ETBs to support the development of appropriate further education and training programmes and curricula and the sourcing of further education and training interventions from the private, public and not for profit sector.


Adult Education and Training

Adult Education is set out in Learning for Life - White Paper on Adult Education, published in 2000. A range of education and training is provided by various organisations aimed at upskilling and reskilling people who are unemployed.  Providing skills for work is a priority.


National Framework of Qualifications

Certification in the Further and Higher Education and Training Sector is usually in alignment with the National Framework of Qualifications – an awards framework of 10 levels which is aligned to the European Framework of Qualifications. 


Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) a state agency of the Department of Education and Skills quality assures institutions of further and higher education and training, validates educational programmes and makes awards to learners.


Institutions Providing Adult Education and Training

The main providers of further and adult education and training are the Education and Training Boards (ETBs).  


Full-Time Programmes in Further Education

  • Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Courses
  • Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
  • Youthreach

Part-Time Programmes in Further Education

  • Back To Education Initiative (BTEI)
  • Adult Literacy
  • Community Education

Link(s): English, Irish, EN

Recognised higher education institutions

Recognised Providers of Higher Education Ireland

National University of Ireland Recognised Colleges

Institute of Public Administrationwww.ipa.ie
Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophywww.milltown-institute.ie
National College of Art and Designwww.ncad.ie
Royal College of Surgeons Irelandwww.rcsi.ie
Shannon College of Hotel Managementwww.shannoncollege.com

Institutes Of Technology

Dublin Institute of Technologywww.dit.ie
Athlone Institute of Technologywww.ait.ie
Cork Institute of Technologywww.cit.ie
Dundalk Institute of Technologywww.dkit.ie
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technologywww.iadt.ie
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technologywww.gmit.ie
Institute of Technology, Blanchardstownwww.itb.ie
Institute of Technology, Carlowwww.itcarlow.ie
Institute of Technology, Sligowww.itsligo.ie
Institute of Technology, Tallaghtwww.it-tallaght.ie
Institute of Technology, Traleewww.ittralee.ie
Letterkenny Institute of Technologywww.lyit.ie
Limerick Institute of Technologywww.lit.ie
Limerick Institute of Technology Tipperarywww.lit.ie/Tipperary
Waterford Institute of Technologywww.wit.ie

Colleges of Education

The Church of Ireland College of Educationwww.cice.ie
Froebel College of Educationwww.froebel.ie
Coláiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Educationwww.mie.ie
St. Angela’s Collegewww.stacs.edu.ie
St. Patrick’s College of Educationwww.spd.dcu.ie
Mary Immaculate Collegewww.mic.ul.ie
Mater Dei Institutewww.materdei.ie

Other State-Aided Institutions


Dublin Institute for Advanced Studieswww.dias.ie
Garda Collegewww.garda.ie
Military Collegewww.military.ie
National College of Irelandwww.ncirl.ie
Pontifical University of Maynoothwww.maynoothcollege.ie
Royal Irish Academy of Musicwww.riam.ie
St Patrick’s, Carlow Collegewww.carlowcollege.ie

Other State-Aided Institutions

Honorable Society of Kings Innwww.kingsinns.ie
Law Society of Irelandwww.lawsociety.ie

Link(s): English
Privately funded higher education colleges

Privately funded higher education colleges offering validated programmes leading to awards of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) can be identified using this link:

http://qsearch.qqi.ie/WebPart/Search?searchtype=providers

Link(s): EN

Policies and procedures for the recognition of qualifications

QQI Policy and Criteria for the Academic Recognition of Foreign Qualifications



http://www.qqi.ie//Publications/Pages/Facilitating%20the%20Academic%20Recognition%20of%20Foreign%20Qualifications.aspx

NARIC Ireland advice on the academic recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland

Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

NARIC Ireland

The qualifications database site lists more than 1,000 qualifications and an individual regardless of  their status can access a Comparability Statement for their academic qualifications free of charge from the relevant pages. 


This Comparability Statement compares the foreign qualification to an award type and level on the Irish national framework of qualifications. An employer or higher education institution can review this information in the context of their requirements.


A user guide is available in a number of languages to assist users. 

Qualifications Framework

Framework

The National Framework of Qualifications (NQF)

Interactive Framework - http://www.nfq-qqi.com/index.html

Link(s): English, Irish

Self Evaluation Report

Referencing Report of the National Framework of Qualifications to the EQF (2009)

Referencing Report of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications to the European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong learning (EQF) 2009

Report of Steering Committee for National Consultation

Verification of Compatibility of Irish National Framework of Qualifications with the Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area, November 2006

Link(s): English

Diploma Supplement (DS) Information

Responsible organisation

Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland
QQI
Údarás na hÉireann um Cháilíochtaí agus Dearbhú Cáilíochta

26-27 Denzille Lane, D02 P266, Ireland




Phone: 00353 1 9058100
Link: English
National Europass Centre
National Europass Centre

Quality and Qualifications Ireland

26-27 Denzille Lane

Dublin

D02 P266

Phone: 0035319058100
E-mail: info@europass.ie
Link: English, http://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/Qualifications-and-Skills.aspx

Information on DS (legislation, template, chart, etc)

Process of Implementation of the Diploma Supplement

Example of a completed Irish Diploma Supplement which each institution will provide to their graduates.

Link(s): English
Chart / description of national higher education structure

Chart of the Irish Higher Education Structure


https://www.education.ie/en/The-Education-System/


Link(s): English