Higher Education Links Scheme

Progression opportunities

All courses at Selskar College offer certification under Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).   QQI operates a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), which consists of ten levels of education and training in Ireland.  This framework is designed to enable access and progression opportunities  and so that different levels of qualifications can be commonly recognised at home and abroad

 For more details see www.nfq.ie

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This scheme links QQI (FETAC) Level5 Certificates and Level 6 AdvancedCertificates to reserved places on a variety of Higher Education programmes. QQI (FETAC) applicants submit theirThird Level applications to the CAO.

Universities and Institutes of Technology both offer places on the scheme but in slightly different ways.

  • Universities only offer places from a reserved quota for FETAC award holders.

  • Institutes of Technology generally accept applications based on FETAC award in open competition with Leaving Certificate candidates;  However they may also offer places through reserve quotas for FETAC applicants only, for example to some Nursing Degree programmes.

There are a number of courses with specific module requirements – for information contact the Admissions Office of the particular Higher Education Institution.  There are 38 institutions offering progression links to 3rd level via level 5 and some level 6 awards, for details of participating institutions please view www.cao.ie

Direct Links

Selskar College has direct links from QQI Level 5 courses to Carlow IT and Wateford IT.