Academic General Info


The college offers a wide variety of courses and there are a number of different awarding bodies. The majority of courses are validated by either of two awarding bodies.


QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is a state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012.

BTEC Pearson

A Higher National Diploma (HND) award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson. A HND is recognised by QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.

The HNC is a standalone award with a transferable value of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) Credits.

The top-up HND has a transferable value of 60 ECTS credits.

The joint HNC and HND award has a transferable value of 120 ECTS credits and it is comparable to Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

QQI Comparability Statement


There are additional supplementary handbooks for students who are on the BA MPM degree programme and the BA degree programmes in Visual Media and these handbooks set out academic information and regulations relevant to those courses only.