Higher Education Progression

Starting a course in Rathmines College is often the first step for students to continue in further and higher education.
Higher Education Progression
Higher Education Progression
Internal Progress Routes

Graduates of QQI Level 5 courses are eligible to progress within Rathmines College to QQI Level 6 Advanced courses in Business, Administration, Computing and News and Media.

Our courses

Advanced Certificate Courses


Through the CAO

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 TU Dublin.

A number of colleges will accept any QQI Level 5 award to a number of their courses
Rathmines College also has a Arts and Social Science QQI Level 5 course from which students may apply for dedicated places in Level 8 Arts/Social Science degrees in UCD and NUI Maynooth.

External Progression Routes

Advanced Entry from QQI Level 6

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 may be accepted into 2nd year of a cognate programme in NCI, TU Tallaght, or to 3rd year in IADT.
  • A student with a QQI Level 6 Award in Journalism may be offered a place in 2nd year to pursue the Level 8 degree in Journalism in TU Dublin.
  • 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.
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