Higher Education Links Scheme
FETAC/QQI awards can be used as an alternative to the Leaving Certificate to access Higher Education (CAO) courses. The Higher Education Links Scheme links specific FETAC/QQI courses with a range of Level 6, Level 7 and Level 8 courses in Institutes of Technology and Universities.
Students wishing to progress to third level complete a CAO application form by the deadline February 1st. In July, the student’s FETAC/QQI results are issued to the CAO and forwarded to the Universities and/or Institutes of Technology the student has applied to. Places may be limited and are offered competitively dependent on the applicants FETAC/QQI score ranking.
To be considered for a CAO course a student must present a full Major FETAC/QQI award worth 120 credits. Each component a learner takes is assigned a credit value. A component is usually 15 credits but may be more or less than this so it is important to check this for calculation purposes. For more information on how to calculate your FETAC/QQI Major award go to www.qqi.ie or www.careersportal.ie/fetac/Fetac.php.
Applicants should ensure that their FETAC/QQI qualification meets the minimum requirements of the third level college they wish to apply to. Students are advised to contact the Admissions Office of the individual higher education institutions prior to application as some courses may have specific entry requirements, FETAC/QQI component, or certificate requirements.
You will find more detailed information about course progression opportunities for each course online here. or using our comprehensive progression links database.
Students interested in progression are advised to make an appointment with the Guidance Counsellor who can assist with your career planning, research and application.
Special Progression Agreements
At Mallow College of Further Education we are committed to improving and enhancing progression opportunities for all of our students. To this end we have negotiated special progression agreements with various colleges in order to improve progression opportunities for Mallow College graduates.
Cork Institute Of Technology (CIT)
Cork Colleges Progression Scheme
Mallow College of Further Education are part of the Cork Colleges Progression Scheme which enhances progression opportunities for Mallow College students who want to study at CIT. Under the CCPS CIT reserves a number of places on its linked awards for Mallow College students who achieve specified levels and other requirements in their awards. For further information go to www.cit.ie.
CIT Advanced Progression
Graduates of our Accounting Technician’s course can apply for entry to third year of CIT’s Bachelor of Business in Accounting after completing specified bridging modules.
List of CIT courses with progression routes from Mallow College.
Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT)
Mallow College of Further Education has developed strong links with Institute of Technology, Tralee. Currently, our FETAC/QQI Advanced Business students can apply for direct entry into second year of Tralee’s BA (Honours) in Information Systems Management. Advanced Early Childhood Care & Education learners can apply for direct entry into second year of ITT’s BA in Early Childhood. Advanced Media Production learners can apply for direct entry into second year of TV, Radio & Broadcasting.
List of IT Tralee courses with progression routes from Mallow College.
Limerick Institute Of Technology (LIT)
Bonus Points Scheme
Mallow College of Further Education has developed special links with Limerick Institute of Technology. A Bonus Point Access Scheme guarantees that a quota of reserved places on specified programmes will be kept for Mallow College students presenting with certain FETAC/QQI qualifications and meeting pre-agreed component criteria.
This agreement will be reviewed annually as Mallow College strives to continually improve progression opportunities for students.
Mallow College and LIT have also reached agreement that our Year two Accounting Technician graduates may apply for direct entry into Year three of LIT’s Accounting and Finance degree programme which has full exemptions from Accounting Bodies. Alternatively, our Year two Accounting Technician graduates can enter Year two of LIT’s Law and Taxation degree.
List of LIT courses with progression routes from Mallow College.
The Institute of Public Administration
The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) allows graduates from Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) at Mallow College to take its highly regarded part-time Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) in just two years. This degree, accredited by UCD, is delivered through evening lectures in Mallow.
Nursing Studies – Links To Universities In The United Kingdom
Mallow College of Further Education is committed to providing optimum opportunities for our students and has developed links with a number of Universities in the United Kingdom. There are no tuition fees for Irish students who want to study in Scotland and Irish applicants to Nursing/Midwifery degree programmes in England may be eligible to have their tuition fees paid by the NHS.
Some of the Universities we have links with are University of Southampton, Buckinghamshire New University, Edinburgh Napier University, Kingston University and St. George’s University of London, Middlesex University, Edge Hill University, London South Bank University, and Greenwich University.
Further information on applying to U.K. colleges can be found on www.ucas.com.