All our courses are accredited by QQI and Industry Awarding Bodies at Levels 5 and 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). 

QQI CAO Points System

Graduates can progress to Higher Education degree programmes on the basis of achieving a full award, consisting of 8 modules. A scoring system for QQI awards applies for entry through CAO to Higher Education.  QQI will calculate the best score for you based on your QQI results and will forward those results directly to the CAO in July.  See scoring scheme for QQI qualifications on and further details at

Advanced Entry to Higher Education

Graduates who have successfully completed a QQI Level 6 award and have met certain matriculation requirements may be eligible to progress to year two on a number of degree programmes. 

Progression for Mature Students

A QQI qualification is an added advantage for those wishing to apply for Higher Education programmes as mature students.  Students should be 23 years old on year of application. Consult CAO handbook at“I attended the College for two years studying Early Childhood Care and Education. From the experience and knowledge that I have learned from my tutors and colleagues I am now working and using these skills every day. This course has helped me find a career path in life and I thank everyone in CFE Dundrum for the knowledge and memories that I will treasure forever. ”