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QQI-FET Students

Applicants from QQI-FET Awards

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s welcomes all Applicants who have obtained a QQI-FET (formerly known as FETAC) level 5/6 Award. QQI-FET Applicants are assessed separately from all other Applicants and do not have to meet minimum entry requirements based on leaving certificate results.

Carlow College does NOT have a limit on the number of QQI-FET Students that can be accepted onto any of its’ Degree programmes. Therefore, any QQI-FET Learner that meets the outlined requirements may be accepted onto a Degree programme at Carlow College.

Individuals who wish to apply for the level 7 or level 8 programmes at Carlow College, St. Patrick’s must hold a full QQI-FET level 5 award, and meet the points requirements. Visit Careers Portal to convert your QQI-FET award to CAO points.

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s also has Progression Agreements in place to offer progressive pathways to students who successfully complete a linked FET programme in partner Colleges of Further Education.

QQI-FET applicants may apply for entry onto year two of any of our undergraduate degree programmes. This applies where an applicant has gained a full Level 6 award (120 credits) in a programme directly relevant to the Carlow College programme they wish to apply for. Find out more here.


  1. The easiest way to apply to CAO is to use the online facility. Go to and click ‘Apply’. Applicants can also request a paper application by contacting the CAO directly.
  2. It is extremely important that all QQI-FET Applicants have registered with CAO before 1st February at 17:15.
  3. After the 1st February deadline, the Late Applications facility opens on 5th March. Applicants can make a late application, for a higher fee, until 1st May at 17:15
  4. Applicants will be asked to tick the ‘Qualifications and Assessments’ section that is relevant to them. QQI-FET Applicants must tick the QQI-FET Applicants box.
  5. After completing the online CAO application, including sections 1 – 11 of the QQI-FET Applicant Section, Applicants must post any supporting documentation, within seven days to: CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street, Galway.
  6. Applicants who obtain the required points for entry onto the programme and hold a full QQI-FET Award, may receive an offer in early August (Round 1).

Carlow College, St. Patrick’s only accept certain QQI-FET Awards for entry to some of our programmes.


CourseRelevant QQI-FET Programme
PC402: Bachelor of Arts in Arts & HumanitiesAny full major QQI-FET Level 5/6 award
PC410: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Arts & HumanitiesAny full major QQI-FET Level 5/6 award
PC411: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and HistoryAny full major QQI-FET Level 5/6 award
PC405: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social, Political & Community Studies

5M2181: Applied Social Studies
5M2786: Community Care
5M4468: Health Service Skills
5M4732: Youth Work
5M2009: Early Childhood Care and Education

PC404: Bachelor of Arts in Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care)

5M2181: Applied Social Studies
5M2786: Community Care
5M4468: Community and Health Services
5M378: Health Service Skills
5M4732: Youth Work
5M3050: Community Development
5M5048: Creative Media
5M2154: Cultural and Heritage Studies
5M3635: Education and Training
5M2073: Language and European Studies
5M3114: Liberal Arts
5M3114: General Learning
5M2464: Journalism

Applicants who hold a level 6 QQI-FET Award may be eligible for Advanced Entry, find out more here.

To find out more information regarding our Advanced Entry, please contact: Karen Delenay at:

E: T: +353 59 9153243

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