National Framework of Qualifications
The National Framework of Qualifications is standardisation of the qualifications system in Ireland. The Framework introduced a system of awards and helps to provide clarity to employers, learners and the public on the system of education and training in Ireland.
The National Framework of Qualifications is a system of 10 levels. Its transparent nature allows learners to compare and contrast qualifications, here in Ireland and Internationally. It assists employers in recognising and understanding the level and standard of qualifications.
DkIT offers courses from Levels 6 to 10 on the ladder below. The ‘ladder system’ enables students to progress from one qualification to the next level right up to PhD levels depending on academic achievements.
Higher Certificate: This is a NFQ Level 6 qualification and normally takes 2 years of full-time study. Successful completion of a Higher Diploma will guarantee entry to the second year of an ordinary Bachelor’s degree.
Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree: This is a NFQ Level 7 qualification which usually takes 3 years of full-time study. At DkIT we offer an extensive range of BA, BB and BSc Degrees. Successful completion of an Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree will guarantee entry to the second year of an ordinary Bachelor’s degree.
Honours Bachelor's Degree: This is a NFQ Level 8 qualification which usually takes 3 years of full-time study. At DkIT we offer 22 Honours Degrees across a wide selection of courses. Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor Degree will mean students are eligible to continue to postgraduate at DkIT or any other third level institute of education.
Add-On courses are a continuation course from Higher Cert to Bachelors to Honours Bachelors. These courses are linked to certain undergraduate courses within the college. When considering your course, it is also advisable to check out the add-on option course options available to you.
DkIT has a wide range of postgraduate opportunities available to students and our offering in this area is growing each year. DkIT has a Strategic Alliance with Dublin City University which supports both institutes’ ambition research agenda and ensures greater access and progression opportunities for learners, from all backgrounds. At postgraduate level, the following awards can be made at DkIT:
- Postgraduate Diploma
- Masters Degree
DkIT offers trade apprenticeships in Electrical, Motor Mechanics, Plumbing and Carpentry in conjunction with the LMETB - Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (http://louthmeath.etb.ie/).
To apply for apprenticeships in the Louth or Meath region your should apply directly to the Regional Skills & Training Centre via www.rstc.ie. For any question relating DkIT role in providing apprenticeships, please contact Tom Dooley, Head of School of Engineering: email@example.com.