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Call for Tenders - Evaluation of the overall comparability of the Advanced Certificate and Higher Certificate qualifications (NFQ Level 6)

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is the stage agency responsible for promoting quality and accountability in education and training services in Ireland. One key function is to support and promote a qualifications system that benefits learners and other stakeholders.  As part of this work, QQI has published a call for tenders for the evaluation of the overall comparability of the two major award types at Level 6 in the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)/Level 5 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF):

• the Advanced Certificate (AC); and
• the Higher Certificate (HC)

This request for tenders is the first stage of a two-phase project to review these award-types and their effectiveness in differentiating further education and training (FET) from higher education and training (HET) as originally intended.  This move towards greater clarity about NFQ awards at Level 6 will prove valuable to further education and training institutions and higher education institutions alike.

The initial phase (the subject of the current invitation to tender) aims to provide objective, empirical evidence on the comparability of the AC and HC award-types, as implemented, by analysing samples of qualifications and programmes/routes that lead to them, for example:

• pairs of one-year programmes of FET leading to Level 5 Certificates followed by Advanced Certificates;
• apprenticeship programmes (FET or HET) leading to Advanced Certificates or Higher Certificates; 
• two-year programmes of HET leading to Higher Certificates.

The Invitation to Tender is published on the Irish Government Procurement Opportunities Portal - Evaluation of the comparability of the Advanced Certificate and Higher Certificate qualifications.

The closing date for receipt of tenders is Friday 7th February, at 12 noon (GMT).

QQI would like to acknowledge the support of SOLAS and HEA in this project.