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Contacting Tutors / Student Queries:

E-Mail if you are an Open College student and have a query about any aspect of your course. You can also contact your tutors where applicable through our student blog/forum using your Private Mail account.


Open College Student Charter:

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General Contact Details:

To contact us about distance learning, write to The Open College, Unit 9, Leopardstown Business Centre, Ballyogan Road, Leopardstown, Dublin 18. Contact us by telephone at  +353 (1) 2061828 or +353 (1) 2061829

To contact us by e-mail click here: or perhaps drop in and visit us for a chat in our headquarters here in Leopardstown, Dubln 18, simply phone to make an appointment.



» Interim Course Student Feedback Form

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» Extension Request Form

» Deferral Request Form

» Assessment Declaration Form


QQI Learner Charter:

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Open College’s Learning Environment:

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Travelling with your Irish Qualifications?

Please click below to view a PDF information leaflet from the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland which explains your awards and how they can be used abroad and what levels they can be aligned too.

» Click here to download PDF.


Progression to 3rd Level / University

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.

Download Acrobat pdf version of :

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, which is based on the following scoring system:

Each level 5 and level 6 component is scored:

  • 3.25 for a Distinction
  • 2.16 for a Merit
  • 1.08 for a Pass

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.

See the links to the scoring examples below for more information.

For further details on the Scoring and the HELs Scheme please click here….


The National Framework of Qualifications

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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