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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 (An Roinn Oideachais)
An Roinn Oideachais
Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (An Roinn Breisoideachais agus Ardoideachais, Taighe, Nualaiochta agus Eolaiochta)
DFERIS

gov.ie - Education (www.gov.ie)

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 gov.ie - Education (www.gov.ie)


Link(s): English

University education

Universities in Ireland

Universities

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4

www.ucd.ie

University College Cork, Cork

www.ucc.ie

National University of Ireland, Galway

www.nuigalway.ie

Maynooth University (NUIM) 

www.maynoothuniversity.ie

University of Limerick, Limerick

www.ul.ie

Trinity College, Dublin

www.tcd.ie

Dublin City University

www.dcu.ie

Technological University Dublin

www.tudublin.ie



Munster Technological University                     www.mtu.ie

Technological University

Technological University of Dublin established 1/1/19 with the merger of the Dublin Institute of Technology, the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown and the Institute of Technology Tallaght.


Munster Technological University was established 1/1/21 with the merger of Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee.

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
Irish Register of Qualifications (IRQ) www.irq.ie

The Irish Register of Qualifications (IRQ) lists quality-assured, recognized qualifications offered by universities, institutes of technology, private HE colleges, education and training boards, and private FE providers delivering courses leading to QQI Awards. 


The Register www.irq.ie is managed by QQI in association with the providing institutions. The register will allow domestic and international authorities to confirm which qualifications are on the NFQ, which courses lead to these qualifications and the associated awarding body.

Link(s): EN
Mid-term Report Card on Higher Education Quality Assurance Ireland

Mid-term Report Card on Higher Education Quality Assurance (qqi.ie)


A key function for QQI is to organise and oversee independent quality reviews of each of Ireland’s public higher education institutions.  QQI is currently mid-way through the current review cycle, CINNTE, which runs from 2017 to 2023.   

An independent mid-cycle review commissioned by QQI has found that all seven institutions reviewed between 2018 and 2020 have established and implemented quality assurance (QA) arrangements based on effective governance structures. 


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 www.irq.ie for the Irish Register of Qualifications leading to awards recognised in the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).



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 ManagementShannon College of Hotel Management - NUI Galway

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
Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghairewww.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

* Technological University Dublin established 1/1/19 merging DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght. Munster Technological University established 1/1/21 merging Cork Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tralee.


Colleges of Education


Froebel College of Educationwww.maynoothunivsersity.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:

Irish Register of Qualifications

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 website lists more than 1,400 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.


See our NARIC Guide (GAESPTFRPLARABICCNRU) for more information on how to use the database and understand the comparability statements available.       


Qualifications Framework

Framework

The National Framework of Qualifications (NQF)

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

Link(s): English, Irish
The Irish National Framework of Qualifications: Referencing to the European Qualifications Framework and Self-Certification of Compatibility with the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area

NFQ Referencing Report 12-2020.pdf (qqi.ie)

Self Evaluation Report

The Irish National Framework of Qualifications: Referencing to the European Qualifications Framework and Self-Certification of Compatibility with the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area

NFQ Referencing Report 12-2020.pdf (qqi.ie)

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

Our higher education institutions are responsible for issuing of Diploma Supplements and graduates must contact their awarding institution to request their Diploma Supplement. 


Europass maintains a Diploma Supplement contact list for the higher education institutions and Guidelines for Completion of the Diploma Supplement




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

Access to higher education

Postponement of the Irish 2020 Leaving Certificate Examinations

COVID 19 arrangements: The Irish Leaving Certificate 2020 

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. on Friday 8 May 2020 announced the postponement of the 2020 Leaving Certificate.

On Friday 8 May 2020, the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD announced the postponement of the 2020 Leaving Certificate.

All students to be offered the option of accepting Calculated Grades for the subjects they are studying  and sitting Leaving Certificate examinations at a later date in the future when it is safe to do so.

The decision has been taken following an assessment of public health advice and other information and the implications for holding the exams from the previously rescheduled date of Wednesday 29 July 2020.

A guide to Calculated Grades and further information on this process is available at gov.ie/leavingcertificate





Link(s): EN, EN