Programme Development at Level 3, Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6
FETAC has developed a range of new awards at Level 3, Level 5 and Level 6, through the Common Awards System. These awards are available to all FETAC registered Providers. Over the next number of months further awards will be added at these levels, as well as at Level 4.
Providers who wish to offer a programme leading to one of these new FETAC awards must first have the programme validated by FETAC.
A programme is a learning package, offered by a Provider, which has the capacity to enable the Learner to reach the standards of knowledge, skill and competence of the award(s).
These programmes must:
- be developed in accordance with the Provider's Quality Assurance agreement with FETAC
- meet the requirements of the published award(s)
- offer the Learner(s) the opportunity to achieve the standards outlined in the awards specifications
- be validated by FETAC prior to the programme being delivered to Learners
If you are funded by the Department of Education and Skills and would like to view the FESS templates for a programme descriptor and a programme module, together with an exemplar programme module, please contact your local support officer.
How to use the common awards at Level 3, Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6:
1) Review the new award specifications
2) Once you've identified the award(s) you wish to use, consult the FETAC Guidelines for Preparing Programme Descriptors and view the programme information requirements in the Application form for Programme Validation (Levels 3 to 6)
3) While FETAC is responsible for setting standards for the awards, the Provider is responsible for the design of the programme. A range of programmes may lead to the same award. Programmes may vary in content and delivery methodology but they must be designed to enable the learner to achieve the learning outcomes specified in the award.
5) To request details on how to apply for validation, contact FETAC via the 'contact us' link on the FETAC website www.fetac.ie. Applications for programme validation should be made on line via the FETAC Business System (FBS)
6) In advance of validation programmes must be evaluated and approved. This will be done either through a provider's programme approval agreement (PAA) or by FETAC.
7) Once validation is achieved the Provider can start delivery of the programme. Note: Providers are required to implement FETAC's Quality Assuring Assessment policy prior to submission of a programme for validation.
The Provider should be familiar with the following documentation prior to developing programmes:
- the policies and procedures agreed between FETAC and the Provider for Quality Assurance
- The relevant Award Specifications
The following may also be useful as a reference:
- The One to One Approach to Programme Development - Level 3
- Quality Assurance in Further Education and Training Policy and Guidelines for Providers v1.3
- Validation of Programmes: Policy (FETAC)
- Quality Assuring Assessment: Policy (FETAC)
- Determinations for the Outline National Framework of Qualifications (NQAI) - pages 16 and 19
Further Programme Information: