Awarding Bodies

Awarding Bodies QQI & BTEC

Awarding Bodies

QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is a state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills.

Its functions include those previously carried out by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC); the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC); the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI).

Qualifications, Standards, Awards, Recognition

In the area of qualifications, QQI are responsible for maintaining the ten-level NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications). They are also an awarding body and set standards for awards we make in the NFQ. They validate education and training programmes and make extensive awards in the Further Education and Training sector including in the Education and Training Boards. QQI also provides advice on recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland and on the recognition of Irish qualifications abroad.

Quality Assurance

Awarding BodiesIn the area of quality assurance, QQI are responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of quality assurance in further and higher education providers in Ireland. This includes the universities, institutes of technology, Education and Training Boards and providers in the private further and higher education and training sectors (availing of QQI awards). For more information and to visit their website, click here.

BTEC Qualifications

BTEC, a UK based qualification, has earned its reputation as the world’s most successful applied learning qualification, providing students with a clear line of sight into work. Encouraging students to take responsibility for their own learning, BTEC develops the practical, interpersonal and thinking skills essential for professional life.

BTEC qualifications are developed in consultation with employers and higher education experts, so they can trust that anyone who is BTEC qualified will demonstrate the high standards of knowledge, practical skills and understanding required for further study and employment.

BTEC qualifications are vocational qualifications designed to give students the skills they need to either move on to higher education or go straight into employment. They give teachers the freedom to create a programme that they want to teach and that students will want to learn. For more information, click here to check out their website.

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