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QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland was established in 6 November 2012 and is the new authority responsible for the work of Fetac, Hetac, NQAI and IUQB. The four bodies are now imalgamated into one Authority.  At this time new policies, regulations and codes of best practice are being developed.  Current qualifications offered by Fetac, Hetac, etc remain valid. 

UK awards aligned with the Irish National Framework by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland NQAI in March 2012

Accreditation

The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland agreed a policy approach in 2006 for the alignment of the qualifications of UK education and training awarding bodies (delivered in Ireland) with the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).  The main purpose of aligning these qualifications is to provide learners with clear information regarding the qualification and the level at which it best fits on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications.

We recognise the importance of accreditation for quality assurance in all areas of our work.  As a training provider, and a professional service provider, quality assurance is addressed in serveral ways by the appropriate bodies.  This page providers the reader with information on the current arrangements in Ireland with respect to the range of services we supply.

1.  Training Centre

The QCF is a European Framework facilitating international recognition of qualifications.  This framework was put in place to assist with the transferablity of qualifications within EU member states.  

As a training centre we are an approved centre registered with Signature, a British Awarding Body for sign language qualifications.  Their qualifications have been mapped to the Irish National Framework of Qualifications by the National Authority of Ireland.  Our courses are delivered by qualified teachers, we provide access to deaf language and culture role models.  Our courses are internally assessed by qualified assessors A1, internally by qualified verifiers, V1/IQA and externally verified by qualified personnel, EV representing the awarding body.

A guide to the equivalence between British and Irish Qualifications.  Courses are mapped to a standard of knowledge, degree of difficulty, level of competence acquired.  A British Level 6 National Vocational Qualification is the equivalent of an Irish Level 8 Degree Level Programme offered at universities in Ireland. 

A GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION OF HOW OUR QUALIFICATIONS ARE MAPPED IN THE IRISH QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK

March 2012 – overview Ireland

2.  Sign Language Interpreting Services

In Ireland there is no National Standards Body at this time.  However, the publically funded interpreting service based in Dublin engage a panel of personnel with a range of experience in linguistics, interpreting, the deaf community and its culture, to conduct an assessment of skills every couple of years, as part of their quality assurance.  In practice, the results of this assessment serve as the benchmark by which the Deaf community and other interpreting service providers may categorise the skill pool.  At CSL we recognise the scope and limitations of this assessment and we only utilise the services of R1 interpreters in medical and legal settings.  R2 interpreters work in a wide range of other community settings.

Currently the trainng choices available in Ireland to become a sign language interpreter are to take the degree course at the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin or the Level 6 Diploma in Interpreting at the Centre for Sign Language Studies, Galway.  Our British Level 6 qualification has been mapped by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) as the equivalent of a Level 8 or degree level course offered by universities in Ireland - on the Irish Qualifications Framework.  Our training is available as a part-time option, includes both theory and practice in consecutive and simultaneous interpreting, team interpreting, working with oral texts, written texts, in media production, community interpreting and in technical areas usch as medical and legal interpreting.  Preparation for assignments - research, briefing and debriefing and ethics & professionalism, Culture, linguistics, community studies are key areas of study.   

3.  The qualifications we offer

The qualification we offer has been accredited by OFQUAL, the British National Body responsible for Standards of Awards and Qualifications.  OFQUAL accredits the standard.  Signature is the awarding body offering the qualification.  We are an approved Signature centre.

OFQUAL regulate at all levels, from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the National Curriculum up to higher-level vocational qualifications equivalent to a PhD. These assessments and qualifications are collected into separate systems (or frameworks): the National Curriculum and the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)/National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Higher education qualifications, such as degrees, are the responsibility of the Quality Assurance Agency.

 

Explaining Qualifications

http://www.ofqual.gov.uk/qualification-and-assessment-framework#

Diagram of Framework Structure. Click image for a more detailed description

http://www.nfq.ie/nfq/en/documents/recognitionleaflet.pdf

How qualifications fit into the framework

A qualification is intended to show employers, teachers and learners what someone has learnt and can do as a result of that achievement. Find out more about the key characteristics of recognised qualifications by clicking on the diagram below:

(Click the diagram above to find out more about the key characteristics of recognised qualifications).

National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage assessments

The National Curriculum sets out the learning objectives for everyone educated at a state school, up to age 16. The EYFS provides learning and development objectives for children from birth to five years old.

We have specific duties to keep under review all aspects of National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Assessments in England. We refer to these assessments as National Assessment arrangements.

Read more about National Assessment arrangements.

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

 The QCF is a structure that clearly shows how the different types of qualifications interrelate and allows credit from assessments to be transferred flexibly between qualifications.

We work with the government, the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) and awarding organisations to agree this framework. We’re responsible for regulating QCF qualifications and assessments to maintain standards.

We’re also responsible for maintaining and publishing a list of all Ofqual-accredited qualifications and the bodies that award them.

Find out more information about the 'Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)'.

National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

 In England qualifications have traditionally been defined by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), which included all general and vocational qualifications accredited from 1997. The NQF consists of Entry level to level 8, describing the difficulty of qualifications at each level. Many qualifications are being transferred to the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF), which uses a credit based system to recognise qualification size and gives a more flexible approach to learners' needs.

Find out more about the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

 The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is an overarching qualifications framework that links the qualifications of different countries together. It acts as a translation device to make qualifications easier to understand across different countries and systems in Europe.

Ofqual in partnership with CCEA is the National Coordination Point for the EQF. The NCP provides guidance and understanding on how national qualifications frameworks relate to the EQF.

Read more about the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Vocational Qualifications (VQs)

Explaining Qualifications

We regulate vocational qualifications (VQs) in England and Northern Ireland. Vocational qualifications which are designed to allow learners to learn in a way that suits them, and give learners the skills that employers are looking for.

Read more about vocational qualifications.

Comparing equivalent qualifications

We regulate at all levels, from the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) of the National Curriculum up to higher-level vocational qualifications equivalent to a PhD. These assessments and qualifications are collected into separate systems (or frameworks): the National Curriculum and the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)/National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Higher education qualifications, such as degrees, are the responsibility of the Quality Assurance Agency.

 How qualifications fit into the framework

A qualification is intended to show employers, teachers and learners what someone has learnt and can do as a result of that achievement. Find out more about the key characteristics of recognised qualifications by clicking on the diagram below:

 (Click the diagram above to find out more about the key characteristics of recognised qualifications).

National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage assessments

 The National Curriculum sets out the learning objectives for everyone educated at a state school, up to age 16. The EYFS provides learning and development objectives for children from birth to five years old.

We have specific duties to keep under review all aspects of National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Assessments in England. We refer to these assessments as National Assessment arrangements.

Read more about National Assessment arrangements.

Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

 The QCF is a structure that clearly shows how the different types of qualifications interrelate and allows credit from assessments to be transferred flexibly between qualifications.

We work with the government, the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) and awarding organisations to agree this framework. We’re responsible for regulating QCF qualifications and assessments to maintain standards.

We’re also responsible for maintaining and publishing a list of all Ofqual-accredited qualifications and the bodies that award them.

Find out more information about the 'Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)'.

National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

 In England qualifications have traditionally been defined by the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), which included all general and vocational qualifications accredited from 1997. The NQF consists of Entry level to level 8, describing the difficulty of qualifications at each level. Many qualifications are being transferred to the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF), which uses a credit based system to recognise qualification size and gives a more flexible approach to learners' needs.

Find out more about the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

European Qualifications Framework (EQF)

 The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is an overarching qualifications framework that links the qualifications of different countries together. It acts as a translation device to make qualifications easier to understand across different countries and systems in Europe.

Ofqual in partnership with CCEA is the National Coordination Point for the EQF. The NCP provides guidance and understanding on how national qualifications frameworks relate to the EQF.

Read more about the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Vocational Qualifications (VQs)

 We regulate vocational qualifications (VQs) in England and Northern Ireland. Vocational qualifications which are designed to allow learners to learn in a way that suits them, and give learners the skills that employers are looking for.

Read more about vocational qualifications.

Comparing equivalent qualifications

Comparing equivalent qualifications

We monitor and regulate the relationships between qualifications and ensure there is a consistent system allowing learners and others to compare different types of qualification as well as qualifications over time.

Comparing different qualifications

The QCF makes it clear which qualifications and award titles are equivalent, both in terms of difficulty level and the effort required.

Comparing qualifications over time

We maintain standards for accredited qualifications to help ensure their difficulty and value will remain consistent over time. We also carry out research to determine our success on this front.

International

Although we are only responsible for regulating national qualifications, we are aware of the European Qualification Framework (EQF). Ofqual in partnership with CCEA is the National Coordination Point for the EQF. The NCP provides guidance and understanding on how national qualifications frameworks relate to the EQF.

For qualifications from countries outside Europe: UK NARIC gives information and advice on vocational and academic qualifications from over 180 countries. They provide a chargeable service comparing specific international and UK qualifications.

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 Comparing equivalent qualifications

We monitor and regulate the relationships between qualifications and ensure there is a consistent system allowing learners and others to compare different types of qualification as well as qualifications over time.

Comparing different qualifications

The QCF makes it clear which qualifications and award titles are equivalent, both in terms of difficulty level and the effort required.

Comparing qualifications over time

We maintain standards for accredited qualifications to help ensure their difficulty and value will remain consistent over time. We also carry out research to determine our success on this front.

International

Although we are only responsible for regulating national qualifications, we are aware of the European Qualification Framework (EQF). Ofqual in partnership with CCEA is the National Coordination Point for the EQF. The NCP provides guidance and understanding on how national qualifications frameworks relate to the EQF.

For qualifications from countries outside Europe: UK NARIC gives information and advice on vocational and academic qualifications from over 180 countries. They provide a chargeable service comparing specific international and UK qualifications.

Back to Top