Progression Routes into Higher Education

The Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS) gives learners the opportunity to use their QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award to apply, through the CAO, for a place in the first year of a higher education programme.

Programmes leading to Level 5 and Level 6 Major Awards are available through providers who have programmes validated with QQl.

Linked awards, special requirements and available higher education  programmes are published  by the admissions office of the individual higher education institution and on

Further information can also be found in QQI’s publicatio:  Progression Opportunities into Higher Education.

SETU - Waterford Campus - WCFE Progression Agreement

South East Technological University – Waterford Campus offers preferential entry to students who successfully complete a linked QQI FET programme in partner Colleges of Further Education (WCFE) and who meet certain criteria.

The aim of the SETU Progression Scheme is to ensure equality of opportunity and the smooth transition of learners moving from further to higher education.

Further details are available from Selma Robinson,  SETU Progression Scheme Office, SETU, Cork Road, Waterford.

Tel: 051 302163 | Email:

SETU - Carlow Campus - WCFE Further Education Progression Pathways

SETU – Carlow Campus Further Education Progression Pathways ensures greater access to Higher Education for students who successfully complete a QQI course in a partner College of Further Education (WCFE) and who satisfy certain entry criteria.

Further details are available from Siobhan Ryan, FET Liaison Officer,
SETU – Carlow Campus, Kilkenny Road, Carlow, R93 V960.
Tel: 0599175706 | Email:

UCC - WCFE Further Education Progression Pathways

University of Sunderland

“The life changing University of Sunderland has fostered a collaborative progression opportunity with Waterford College of Further Education which allows it’s student to achieve a Level 8 Honours Degree. Studying at the University of Sunderland will not only allow you the opportunity to use our multi-million pound facilities, experience education in another country and access thousands of pounds worth of scholarships but it will also allow you to achieve your Level 8 degree in a quicker time frame compared to studying at a University in Ireland.”

Ivan Lehane – The University of Sunderland Representative.

For further details, please view QQI Level 6 – Advanced Certificate in Childcare (6M2007) and QQI Level 6 – Advanced Certificate in Media Production (6M5130).

Erasmus + Work placement in Europe

Selected students will have the opportunity to embark on a two-week work  experience project in a European city.

Benefits to Students

  • Experience another culture and learn the basics of another language.
  • Observe and learn from transnational work practices.
  • Enhance professional training which will enhance vocation specific  knowledge.
  • Development of professional knowledge, enhanced employability including development of soft-skills e.g. confidence, self-reliance, workplace knowledge and professional training.
  • The programme includes the cost of accommodation, meals and travel of participants.