CMIT ‘Equipped to Participate’ Statements (Ireland)

The following ‘Equipped to Participate’ statements outline the knowledge, skill and competence a learner requires to participate in CMIT programmes leading to awards on the national framework at Level 5 and Level 6.

What are the specific entry requirements for successful participation?

  • Specific entry requirements for each course are listed on the individual course pages. For some courses, specific qualifications are required. For others life or work experience is sufficient.
  • Some courses may require learners to be working in, or have access to, a relevant organisation in order to be able to complete assessment work.

At Level 6, what is the required fluency in generic skills such as literacy/ numeracy /interpersonal skills to successfully complete a course?

  • Learners entering programmes leading to awards at Level 6 have usually completed a programme of study at the preceding level.
  • They can usually fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information, including quantitative information that is personally relevant and reflects a broad knowledge base.
  • Learners will be required to read, interpret and apply course concepts and theories in a practical manner and reflect on a number of areas including their own application of course concepts, current practices or areas for further development.

At Level 5, what is the required fluency in generic skills such as literacy/ numeracy /interpersonal skills to successfully complete a course?

  • Learners entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 will usually be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information.

What amount of learning effort is required to successfully complete a course?

  • Approximately 10 hours of learning is required per credit associated with a programme of learning.
  • For QQI level 5 and 6 component courses with a credit value of 15 approximately 150 hours of learning effort is required .
  • This is based on an estimation of the average time it takes a learner to achieve outcomes. This learning effort includes time for reading, study, project work, skills demonstrations, work related project work, written assignments, reflection, and online work.
  • The ratio of direct learning to self-directed learning has been designed in line with QQI guidelines.

What independent learning skills are required to complete a course?

  • As programmes are delivered through distance learning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.
  • Students will require the ability to plan and manage their own individual study schedule, proactively engage with course resources and complete and submit assessment work within the course duration allowed.

What Language Skills do I need to successfully complete a course?

  • Learners must be fluent in English.
  • Specific language requirements are provided on the individual course pages.

What resources are required to participate?

  • A basic working knowledge of computers and access to a computer with internet access is required to do the course.
  • Learners will require access to a word processing software (e.g. Word or Google Docs) to type assessment work.

What specific supports are available to learners?

  • Personalised Tutor support.
  • Detailed assessment briefs and written feedback on all assessments are provided.
  • 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual which covers the entire syllabus.
  • The course manual is designed for printing and can be read using a screen reader for those with sight difficulties.
  • You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback.
  • You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access.
  • Reasonable Accommodation policy in place to support learners with additional needs.

What kind of PC, software and internet access do I need?

  • A PC with Windows 10 or later or a Mac with OSX 10.5 or later.
  • An internet connection with a speed of at least 10mbps.
  • The latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari, set to accept cookies and pop-ups.
  • Adobe Reader to view content.
  • Word processing software, such as MS Word or Google Docs.
  • Some courses include video, therefore your computer must be capable of playing video and sound.

 

Relevant Life or Work Experience – Criteria for entry to level 5 and 6 programmes (Ireland)

Learners entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 or 6 have usually completed a programme of study at the preceding level. Some programmes may have a specific prerequisite qualification requirement. Entry requirements for all programmes are detailed on the course pages.

Where a learner has not completed a formal qualification at the preceding level, they may submit a CV for review which will be assessed to determine if they have, through their life and / or work experience, achieved the required level of skill to access the programme. The criteria against which this is reviewed and considered is outlined below. These criteria also consider the technical skills required to undertake a programme of study via tutor supported blended learning.

The aim of the assessment is to determine, where possible, that a learner has the necessary skills and competence required to complete the required assessment work, and successfully participate and complete the programme. In the event a learner is unable to evidence this, an alternative programme at a lower level may be suggested to facilitate the learner in gaining the necessary skills.

Level 6

Criteria 1: Ability to fluently read, draft, prepare and understand complex information including quantitative information that is personally relevant and reflects a broad knowledge base.

  • Learners may have previous or current work experience which includes the drafting and preparation of documentation.
  • Learners may have specific work experience in the field of study they wish to pursue, which demonstrates a broad knowledge base of information specifically pertinent to the programme.
  • Learners may have had a specific life experience which involved an informal study and learning process on the subject they are now formally pursuing a qualification at level 6 in. (e.g., own personal medical experience, voluntary work / special interest in specific field etc.)
  • The CV submitted by the learner is well presented, and the language used is indicative of having the required written English skill to study and complete assessment work at level 6.
  • The CV contains sufficient detail to be able to determine if the learner’s life / work experience meets one or more of these criteria.

Criteria 2: Learners will be required to read, interpret and apply course concepts and theories practically and reflect on a number of areas including their own application of course concepts, current practices or areas for further development.

  • Learners may have previous specific work experience in their target field which demonstrates they were able to apply relevant policies, guidelines and practices, acquiring knowledge practically to fulfil the role. This may have been on a voluntary basis.
  • Learners may have experience where they implemented or carried out a project either in a working or voluntary capacity that demonstrates an ability to research and apply theoretical knowledge practically.

Criteria 3: A basic working knowledge of computers and access to a computer with internet access is required to do the course.

  • Learners may have previous life or work experience which demonstrates their competence with computers. The ability to furnish a CV completed using a word processing package and sent by email is further evidence of meeting this criteria.

 

Level 5

Criteria 1: Proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information.

Learners may have specific work experience in the field of study they wish to pursue, which demonstrates a broad knowledge base of information specifically pertinent to the programme.

  • Learners may have previous or current work experience which includes the drafting and preparation of documentation.
  • Learners may have specific work experience in the field of study they wish to pursue, which demonstrates a broad knowledge base of information specifically pertinent to the programme.
  • The CV submitted by the learner is well presented, and the language used is indicative of having the required written English skill to study and complete assessment work at level 5.
  • The CV contains sufficient detail to be able to determine if the learner’s life / work experience meets one or more of these criteria.

Criteria 2: A basic working knowledge of computers and access to a computer with internet access is required to do the course.

  • Learners may have previous life or work experience which demonstrates their competence with computers. The ability to furnish a CV completed using a word processing package and sent by email is further evidence of meeting this criteria.