Progression to Higher Education

Taking a course in Rathmines College is often the first step for students.

Graduates of QQI Level 5 are eligible to progress internally to QQI Level 6 courses in Business, Administration, Computing and HND Journalism.

External Progression Routes

QQI Level 5 graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO for first year entry to a number of Higher Education colleges. For example, a student who has a QQI Level 5 Computing Major award may achieve a place in first year of a degree programme in DIT.

A number of colleges will accept any QQI Level 5 award to a number of their courses (see College brochures for course codes and see CAO.ie for QQI links),

Rathmines College also has a Liberal Arts QQI Level 5 course from which students may apply for dedicated places in Level 8 Arts/Social Science degrees in NUI Maynooth and UCD.

Advanced Entry

Graduates from our QQI Level 6 programmes are eligible to apply for advanced entry to a number of programmes in Higher Education colleges. For example:

  • A student with a QQI Level 6 award in Business or a Higher National Diploma in Business/Marketing may be accepted into 2nd year of a cognate programme in NCI, IT Tallaght, or to 3rd year in DLIADT.
  • A student with a Higher National Diploma in Journalism may be offered a place in 2nd year to pursue the Level 8 degree in Journalism in DIT.
  • QQI Level 6 Journalism graduates may also apply to the final years of Level 8 degrees in Coláiste Dhúlaigh and Ballyfermot Colleges of Further Education.
  • Advanced entry links are also available for our Level 6 graduates of the Computing course.

Progression links exist between Rathmines College and DIT, NCI, IT TALLAGHT, IADT, UCD, ITB including other Higher Education institutions

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