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.

  1. The easiest way to apply to CAO is to use the online facility. Go to www.cao.ie 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.

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

E: admissionscc@carlowcollege.ie T: +353 59 9153243