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The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) links specific QQI Level 5 and 6 Advanced Certificates to reserved places in a variety of higher education programmes. For QQI CAO applicants there are 40 higher education institutions including universities, institutes of technology and private third level colleges offering places on a variety of courses.
In addition to the Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) which links specific QQI Level 5 Certificates and some Level 6 Advanced Certificates to a number of reserved places on higher education courses, the Institutes of Technology and some higher education institutions operate an admissions criteria and scoring system for non-specific QQI Level 5 Certificate and Level 6 Advanced Certificate applicants. In addition some higher institutions may have further education requirements, so it is important that you confirm this and any other specific requirements with the CAO and the Admissions Office of the individual institutions.
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Progression from QQI / FETAC Level 5 Certificates and Level 6 Advanced Certificates to Higher Education Courses.
The Scoring System for FET awards:
Once all of the above requirements have been met, a learner can apply for a place on the linked higher education programme. The best score for each applicant is calculated and the results are forwarded to the CAO in July of each year.
You can calculate your score using the free online points calculator at www.careersportal.ie/qqi/, which is based on the following scoring system:
Each level 5 and level 6 component is scored:
This number is then multiplied by the individual component credit value to a maximum of 120 credits (a total of 390 points).
It may be easiest to multiply the individual component credit value by 3 for Distinction, 2 for Merit, and 1 for Pass, multiplying by 13 and dividing by 12.
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The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) provides a way to compare qualifications, and to ensure that they are quality assured and recognised at home and abroad. Click on the image below to find out more from the NQAI.
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