The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) links specific QQI Level 5 and 6 Advanced Certificates to for QQI Progression to Higher Education. In 2013, 38 higher education institutions including universities, institutes of technology and private third level colleges offered 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 for QQI Progression to Higher Education, so it is important that you confirm this and any other specific requirements with the CAO and the Admissions Office of the individual institutions.
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.
As well as national frameworks, which help reform the qualifications system in a particular country, there are also European and regional frameworks such as the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the Qualifications Framework for the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA). These overarching systems link different countries’ qualifications systems together and act as translation devices to make qualifications easier to understand across different countries in Europe and beyond. Their main aim is to help people moving from one country to another to work, or to continue their education or training.
The EQF is an overarching framework that links the qualifications frameworks of different European countries.