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Qualifications can cross boundaries - National Framework of ...

Qualifications can cross boundaries - National Framework of ...

Qualifications can cross boundaries - National Framework of

How to use this leaflet:This leaflet provides information that allows you to look at the waysqualifications are organised in Ireland and the UK. On one side of thetable you will find the main stages of education or employment - youcan find where you are in these stages. The next column shows thequalifications framework for your country. To the right of this you cansee the nearest levels and similar kinds of qualifications that are usedin the other countries. This makes it possible to draw broadcomparisons between qualifications and their levels, rather than directequivalences, for each country.Qualifications are different in different countries. However, they areremarkably similar in what they tell someone about the person whohas achieved them, for example that he or she is ready for acollege/higher education course, or for a first skilled job. There aresome clear stages people move through in education, training andwork that are common to most countries. Primary education isfollowed by secondary education and initial entry into employmentand/or further and higher education or training. Some people moveon to more skilled employment. Some choose to go into highereducation and many take part in specialist training in their workplace. People graduating from a higher education institution mayenter employment and those who complete professional orpostgraduate education may also enter employment.Thinking of working or studying in Ireland or the UK? You may beinterested in the answer to one or more of these questions.■ What do they call the qualification which matches mine most closely?■ Will my qualification get me into college or a job?■ Will I get some recognition for the qualifications I have?■ What kind of job or course can I apply for with my current qualification?Recruiting people with Irish qualifications in the UK or people withUK qualifications in Ireland? You may be interested in the answerto these questions.■ How do I know what a qualification from another country means in termsof level?■ Which national qualification should I compare this qualification to?■ Where can I find more detailed information about the content andlevel of qualifications?This leaflet helps you explore these questions.Qualifications can cross boundaries– a rough guide to comparing qualificationsin the UK and IrelandThe table gives an indication of how you can compare qualificationsacross national boundaries. Examples of major qualifications at eachlevel are provided. For more detail of the qualifications in anothercountry, you will need to consult the website given at the head ofeach column. All these frameworks of qualifications change from timeto time and you need to check these websites for the latest versions.Entry requirements for jobs and courses often vary within a country.This means you will need to check specific requirements with theemployer or institution for the job or course that you are interested in.QAASouthgate House, Southgate Street,Gloucester GL1 1UBTel: +44 (0)1452 557000Fax: +44 (0)1452 557070Email: comms@qaa.ac.ukScottish Credit and QualificationsFramework Partnership39 St Vincent Place, GlasgowG1 2ERinfo@scqf.org.ukCCEA29 Clarendon Road, Clarendon Dock,Belfast BT1 3BGTel: +44 (0)28 9026 1200Email info@ccea.org.ukwww.ccea.org.ukThis leaflet is designed to give some information to help you beginthis process, for example, by telling you what your qualification orqualifications you are interested in studying, are broadly comparableto in other countries.Office of the Qualifications andExaminations RegulatorSpring Place, Coventry Business Park,Herald Avenue, CoventryCV5 6UBTel: +44 (0)300 303 3344Fax: +44 (0)300 303 3348Email: info@ofqual.gov.ukwww.ofqual.gov.ukCQFWTy’r Afon, Bedwas Road, Bedwas,Caerphilly CF83 8WTEmail: cqfwenquiries@wales.gsi.gov.ukE-mail: info@cqfw.netThe National Qualifications Authorityof Ireland5th Floor, Jervis House , Jervis Street,Dublin 1Tel: +353 (0) 1 887 1500Fax: + 353 (0) 1 887 1595E-mail: info@nqai.ie

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