• QQI SNA Courses

    QQI SNA Courses



    In line with the recent Budget announcement of 950 New SNA Posts we have updated our distance learning QQI Special Needs Assistant combined course that features three of the most important QQI SNA Level 5 and 6 component Awards.

    SNA Modules included: Special Needs Assisting Level 5, Children with Additional Needs Level 5 and Special Needs Assistant Level 6.

    All 3 Modules for only €750!

    »Click here for further details  
  • QQI Healthcare Programmes

    QQI Healthcare Programmes



    A QQI Level 5 qualification is the minimum requirement for an individual to work within the Healthcare sector, The Open College's suite of Healthcare modules will enable participants to satisfy this requirement and avail of the employment opportunities that exist within the Care sector.

    We have over 18 QQI Healthcare Awards including our QQI validated Major Award:

    Healthcare Assistant Major Award - 5M4339

    855-675-8473
  • QQI Childcare Training Courses

    QQI Childcare Training Courses


    We have over 20 QQI Early Childcare and Special Needs modules to choose from.

    Including the two ECCE Major Award programmes which are now mandatory requirements in the Childcare sector.

    These include Advanced Early Childhood Care & Education 6M2007 and Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009.

    »Click here for further details on all our QQI Childcare Awards
  • Earn while you Learn!

    Earn while you Learn!



    Gain a new qualification with Ireland's largest distance learning and eLearning QQI course provider.

    Over 100 fully accredited part-time courses including our industry leading distance learning courses in: Healthcare, Childcare, Special Needs Assisting (SNA), Business, Psychology, Law, Sports and many more.

    Click here for more information on our full range of accredited QQI courses.
  • November Special Offers

    November Special Offers


    - All QQI Healthcare Assistant, Special Needs (SNA) and squamosozygomatic distance learning courses / modules: from €229 for November.

    - €50 off our (562) 794-4085 online eLearning course.

    - QQI 5597432280 and (780) 490-3482 from €895 or 10 easy payments of €115.

    »Click here for more information including easy payment plans...
  • QQI Montessori Major Awards

    QQI Montessori Major Awards



    Looking for a new qualification in Montessori? Have a look at our new Major Award in Montessori with ECCE (QQI Level 6).

    This part-time distance learning ECCE with Montessori programme will enable learners to work as autonomous practitioners in an ECCE setting providing them with a broad range of theories and practice in Early Childhood Care and Education in addition to a comprehensive knowledge of the Montessori Method of Education.....

    5807235530
  • QQI Sports & Leisure Courses

    QQI Sports & Leisure Courses


    Have you checked out our new QQI Level 5 Major Award in Sports, Recreation & Exercise - 5M5146.

    QQI Level 5 modules that we offer through this distance learning 12 month programme include:

    Exercise & Fitness, Leisure Facility Administration, Leisure Facility Operations, Sports and Recreation Studies and Sports Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Health & Safety and many more.

    For more details please click here.....
  • Business & Finance Courses

    Business & Finance Courses


    Our Advanced Business Management Major Award - 6M4587 is a year long programme and written to industry requirements with over 11 elective modules to choose from.

    This course equips Managers including those new to Management with comprehensive skills in the management of people, resources and activities. The course is based around eight sought after and highly practical modules but you have a choice of 11 elective modules.

    »Click here for our full range of QQI Business & Finance Courses  
  • QQI Law Courses

    QQI Law Courses



    The Open College have a choice of five QQI Levels 5 & 6 Law courses.

    Courses Include:

    Business Law (QQI Level 5)
    Business Law (QQI Level 6)
    Criminal Law (QQI Level 5)
    Employment Law (QQI Level 6)
    Legal Studies (QQI Level 5).

    »Click here for further details on all our Law Courses

 

Welcome to The Open College.


The Open College is Ireland's largest provider of Distance Learning Courses accredited by QQI. Open all year round, we deliver industry leading flexible part-time programmes and education choices utilising a variety of delivery methods that include Distance Learning, eLearning & Attendance Learning and provide these QQI courses at market leading prices with courses starting from only €229!

Our range of courses offer more opportunities than ever before with a choice of 250-961-6002 in a variety of categories including:  
We are fully accredited and approved to offer awards which are part of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications, which is overseen by the Irish Department of Education. The QQI qualifications you can achieve through The Open College are recognised by employers both nationally and internationally. 

Click the above links or here to view our full range of QQI Distance eLearning and Attendance Learning training courses.....


About Us

The Open College was founded in 2004 to offer courses on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) to the general public by Distance Learning, eLearning & Attendance Learning.

The Open College is widely recognised as Ireland's leading dedicated and largest private provider of QQI award courses.

We are an independent college with more than 60 highly qualified staff comprising: the Board of Management, Independent President, Course Directors, Tutors and Administrative Personnel who deliver and supply offer over 90 QQI Levels 5 & 6 courses with many thousands of students certified each year.

All Open College courses of over 3 months in duration are bonded and protected which provides confidence and security to all learners that their fees are fully protected.

Open all year round, we offer a flexible choice of learning formats: Attendance Learning, Blended learning and our renowned Distance learning/eLearning programmes. These offer invaluable options for independent study, informal learning and varied communication channels with one to one tutor support.

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Benefits of gaining a QQI Award with The Open College are:



Choice: We offer an extensive range of courses through flexible Learning formats from Distance learning, eLearning, Classroom & Blended Learning. Our range of courses offer more opportunities than ever before with a choice of over 90 QQI Levels 5 & 6 component Certificates and Major Award programmes in a variety of categories.

Value: We have the Best Value in the Marketplace.

Flexibility: Start our courses at any time. We enrol students throughout the year and with our Distance Learning format you can study at your own pace and anywhere that suits you.

Course Options: Majority of our courses can be completed in less than 3 months.

Support: Continuous One to One tutor support for all Leaners by fully qualified and industry experienced tutors.

Accreditation: You can continue to earn while you learn and gain an Internationally Recognised Qualification. All our Awards are Fully Validated & Approved by QQI.

Security: All student fees for our QQI / FETAC Major Award courses are fully secured and protected by a Bond.

Quality: QQI and SOLAS Approved Training Provider.

Reputation: Our reputation for quality is supported by our continued growth and expansion in the Further Education sector.

Services: We are an approved Garda Vetting Organisation and we can also cover our Learners Insurance requirements while out on Work Placements.

Transparency: We always publish all our course prices and inform the learners on everything they need to make the proper decision, hence our extensive and industry leading website.


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Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is a state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012.

QQI is an amalgamation of the previously operational Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC); the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC); the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI).

QQI are responsible for a number of areas including:

  • Developing of awards and standards
  • Validating Education and Training programmes
  • Reviewing providers of education and training
  • Maintaining the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
  • Authorising the use of the International Education Mark
  • Developing Quality Assurance
  • Facilitating Qualifications Recognition.


Qualifications, Standards, Awards, Recognition

In the area of qualifications, they are responsible for maintaining the ten-level (202) 414-1604 (National Framework of Qualifications).
QQI are also an awarding body and set standards for awards we make in the NFQ.
QQI validate education and training programmes and make extensive awards in the Further Education and Training sector including in the Education and Training Boards.
QQI also make awards in Higher Education mainly to learners in private providers. The universities and institutes of technology largely make their own awards.
They also provide advice on recognition of foreign qualifications in Ireland and on the recognition of Irish qualifications abroad.
As a new function of QQI, they will publish a directory of providers and awards in the NFQ.


Quality Assurance

In the area of quality assurance, they are responsible for reviewing the effectiveness of quality assurance in further and higher education providers in Ireland. This includes the universities, institutes of technology, Education and Training Boards and providers in the private further and higher education and training sectors (availing of QQI awards). They publish the outcomes of these external reviews on this its website - 815-625-8437.


Types of QQI FET Awards

The Common Awards System makes use of the NFQ’s four main award classifications:

Major Awards
A major award is the principal class of award made at each level. It represents a significant volume of learning outcomes. Major awards usually comprise of 8 minor awards / modules. The CAS Specification for each major award lists the mandatory modules which must be completed along with the elective modules which are required to make up the overall specified credit value of the award. The default credit values for Major awards are as follows:

LevelDefault Credit Value
120
230
360
490
5120
6120


Minor Awards
Minor awards are also commonly referred to as component certificates. These awards are single modules which can be completed and certificated individually. All minor awards are linked to a major award which allows learners the opportunity to build on their minor awards and work towards gaining a major award. It is important to note that minor awards are achievements in their own right. Learners wishing to focus on one specific area or gain a specific skills e.g. Digital Marketing, Team Leadership etc. may find that completing a minor award in that area is much more appropriate that completing a major award which may be too broad to meet their specific needs. The default credit values for component awards are as follows:

LevelDefault Credit Value
1-25
3-410
5-615


Special Purpose Awards
A special purpose award is an award type developed for specific areas of learning that have a narrow scope. All special purpose awards comprise one or more components. This means that the credit value of this type of award will be higher than that of a minor award but significantly lower than a major award. An example of this type of award is the Special Purpose Awards in Training and Development 6S3372. This 30 credit special purpose award is a specific award in Training and Development and consists of two mandatory components / modules at level 6 each with a credit value of 15.


Supplemental Awards
A supplemental award is an award which recognises learning concerned with updating/up-skilling and/or continuing education and training. They are occupation related awards and they consist of one or more components. An example of this type of award is the Level 6 Supplemental Award in Gas Safety which consists of one component with a credit value of 20.


The Open College is Ireland's Largest dedicated provider of QQI FET awards by distance learning, attendance learning and eLearning. We have over 90 QQI awards on offer. To view our full catalogue of QQI Major, Minor component and Special Purpose awards please click here.....

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