In common with all educational institutions, the college has regulations governing the progression of students from one year to another and from final year to graduation. In general terms all modules must be successfully completed before a student can progress. Regulations on completion and progression are contained in Appendix 5 Completion and Progression section of this handbook

A student does not have an automatic right to repeat assessments nor does a student have a right to defer a college place without prior college approval. Students should keep in contact with their teachers so that problems can be anticipated and solutions sought at an early stage.

QQI Progression

The following information is important for students who have already completed some QQI Level 5 Modules;

The following Universities & ITs require a QQI Level 5 Major Award in one sitting. i.e. You have one academic year to complete all 8 modules in order to meet the minimum entry requirements for courses in these colleges.

  • Athlone Institute of Technology559
  • St Angela’s College, Sligo-Nursing & related courses
  • University College Cork (NUI)
  • Dublin Business School & DBS School of ARTS
  • Dublin City University
  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology
  • University College Dublin (NUI) – Nursing & related courses
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • University of Limerick
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology-Nursing, Social Care, Child Care & related courses, also Pharmacy Technician
  • Maynooth University (NUI)
  • Mary Immaculate College of Education
  • St. Patrick’s College Pontifical University
  • St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra- now incorporated into DCU
  • Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • Waterford Institute of Technology -Nursing & related courses
  • DIT will accept a combined Level 5 Cert but it must be on One Certificate not two separate Certs.
  • National Counselling Institute of Ireland

Students can present a Level 5 Award with combined subjects over several years for colleges not listed above. It is the student’s responsibility to contact QQI & request a single certificate combining their results- PPS number required. For further information please see

HEAR & DARE – Assistance with Progression

Both of these schemes pertain to CAO applications.


Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) is a third level alternative admissions scheme for school-leavers whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their second level education/Leaving Cert. DARE offers reduced points places to school leavers who as a result of having a disability have experienced additional educational challenges in second level education. (It does not apply reduced points to PLC or Further Ed. Qualifications).

For more information on DARE see student handbook.


The Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) is a college and university scheme which offers places on reduced Leaving Cert. points and extra college support to school leavers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR is an admissions scheme to help students who may not traditionally go on to third level.

For more information on HEAR see student handbook.