The ‘Quality and Qualifications Ireland’ Education Training and Awards Council’s mission is to make quality assured awards in accordance with national standards within the national framework, creating opportunities for all learners in further education and training to have their achievements recognised, and providing access to systematic progression pathways.
KEY NEW FEATURES OF QQI
- Single statutory awarding body for further education and training. QQI incorporates the certification work of BIM, FÁS, NCVA, NTCB, and Teagasc.
- Standards for awards will be determined by QQI in partnership with education, training and industry
- Programmes in public and privately funded education and training will be validated
- Quality of programmes in public and private education and training will be monitored
- QQI awards are placed within the national qualifications framework. This framework includes further and higher education and training awards. This will greatly extend opportunities for access, transfer and progression for all learners.
THE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF QQI ARE
- To make and promote Awards
- To determine standards for Awards
- To validate programmes
- To monitor and evaluate the quality of programmes
- To facilitate access, transfer and progress
Funded by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan For more informatio visit www.qqi.ie
CITY & GUILDS
It gets its full name - City and Guilds of London Institute - from being founded and financed by the Corporation of the City of London and some of the livery, companies or guilds. City & Guilds is an independent, non-profit making organisation operating under Royal Charter. City and Guilds schemes are available in over 400 subjects, in most occupational sectors and have come to be regarded as the qualifications for working in industries as varied as engineering and hairdressing, catering and construction. In addition, City and Guilds also offers certificates for technical and leisure activities, for general education and use in schools. Every year there are 1.3m entries for C & G Awards. There are currently 4500 centres worldwide. City and Guilds awards Certificates and Diplomas to candidates who have been successful in all elements of the assessment at a particular level and Records of Achievement for success in a unit or component.
INTERNATIONAL THERAPY EXAMINATION COUNCIL (ITEC)
ITEC, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1997, is an Independent Examining Body, and has set the standards for the past 25 years having provided the syllabus originally. It’s team of examiners and the James Accreditation system makes certain that the ITEC system is not being abused and assures you of it’s vigilance and determination to provide the finest and fairest examination for students’ professional qualifications.
BRITISH HORSE SOCIETY (BHS)
The BHS British Horse Society as the governing body of most Equestrian Sport in Ireland and the U.K. maintains a register of those qualified to teach riding both competitively and in the leisure industry. It holds exams at different times throughout the year at BHS approved centres in both England and Ireland.
The examination system it administers is designed to meet the requirements of riding instructors, groom's certificate, stable management and horse care. It is based on a modular system where students can start at stage 1 and work up to stage 4 to stable manager and to BHS fellowship. These qualifications are recognised in a large number of countries throughout the World.
These are vocationally related qualifications in the National Qualifications Framework in the U.K. BTEC First Diplomas are at NQF Level 5 providing the initial knowledge and understanding for students wishing to embark on further study at Level 3 (such as BTEC National or NVQ) or a career in a particular sector. BTEC National Diplomas, Certificates and Awards are NQF Level 3 vocational qualifications which focus on a occupational area specialism, providing the appropriate skills and knowledge to enable those achieving them to advance onto HNDs, degrees or into the workplace.
CSN offers a two year Higher National Diploma certified by BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council).
BTEC awards are internationally recognised professional qualifications. In addition, they offer students a pathway to a degree in a range of vocational disciplines.
Students who complete a BTEC HND course may apply to a number of UK colleges and universities to study for a further year towards a full bachelors degree. Linkage negotiations are currently ongoing with Irish Universities and Colleges.
While a Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) is a required minimum entry qualification HNDs, applicants are selected on the basis of talent and ability rather than by CAO points.
We currently offer a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Digital Media