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FETAC Awards: Admission to CIT

Scoring of FETAC Awards in the CAO

FETAC operates within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), and its awards have been placed at Level 5 or Level 6 of the framework as appropriate. Holders of FETAC awards at Level 5 of the NFQ should apply through the CAO system. Points will be allocated and will be used to place applicants in order, in the same rounds of CAO offers as Leaving Certificate applicants. Applicants must present a full award totalling 120 credits. This full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year.

A new scoring system has been agreed for all level 5 and 6 FETAC awards, providing access through CAO to the first year of programmes leading to awards at levels 6, 7 and 8. The new scoring system has been applied from 2013.

The new scoring system applies where all the requirements for the major award are met, i.e. when the specified component awards have been achieved, totalling 120 credits. To calculate your score you must know the credit value of your component awards.

  • Each component is given a score based on the credit value of the component and the weighting of the grade achieved.
  • Most component awards have a credit value of 15 (the possible component credit values are 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30).
  • The following weightings will apply to the grades achieved: pass=1, merit=2, distinction=3.
  • To calculate a component score, multiply the credit value of the component by the weighting for the grade achieved.
  • Add all of the component scores up to a cumulative credit value of 120. When adding up these scores begin with distinctions, then merits, then passes.
  • Finally, multiply the total by 10 and divide by 9 to give the overall score (maximum 400).

Example of the new FETAC scoring scheme

In this example the applicant has 7 distinctions. The components have various credit values as indicated. The table below shows the steps required to calculate the overall score. Begin by listing the components in grade order, all distinctions in this case.

STEP                
1 Grade D D D D D D D
2 Credit Value 30 30 15 15 15 15 15
3 Cumulative Credit Value (Max = 120) 30 60 75 90 105 120 n/a
4 Credit Value for Scoring (Max = 120) 30 30 15 15 15 15 0
5 Weighting 3 3 3 3 3 3 n/a
6 Weighting x Credit Value 3x30 3x30 3x15 3x15 3x15 3x15 n/a
7 Add Results 90 90 45 45 45 45 =360


The applicant has 135 credits and can only count 120 for scoring purposes, so eliminate 15 credits with the least value – i.e. eliminate one of the distinctions with a credit value of 15.
Now multiply 360 by 10 and divide by 9 = 400.

Practical steps to calculating your own score are available in the Learners Section of  www.fetac.ie along with additional worked examples.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) forwards all relevant FETAC results to CAO for each applicant, and calculates the best score obtained for each candidate.

If a FETAC applicant also presents a Leaving Certificate, the CAO will use whichever is the better of the Leaving Certificate points or the FETAC points.

Minimum Entry Requirements for FETAC Award Holders

The following is a general guide.  The requirements for particular courses may be varied for holders of FETAC awards.  Further information is available on the FETAC Information section of www.cao.ie

For most Bachelor Degrees on the CAO Level 7 list:
The minimum entry requirement is Leaving Certificate O6/H7 Level in five subjects including Mathematics and either English or Irish. 

  • The corresponding minimum entry requirement for holders of FETAC awards is a full FETAC Level 5 award totalling 120 credits. 
  • The requirement for English or Irish may be met by either O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate or a pass on a FETAC Communications component (Level 5 or higher).
  • The requirement for Mathematics may be met by O6/H7 in the Leaving Certificate or a pass on a FETAC Mathematics component (Level 5 or higher).
  • Applicants should refer to http://www2.cao.ie/fetac/fetac_search.php for specific course requirements. 

NB: Certain courses may have specific minimum standards specified that are different to the above. Please click here for information.

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For most Honours Bachelor Degrees on the CAO Level 8 list:
The minimum entry requirement is Leaving Certificate with two H5 grades and four O6/H7 grades, including Mathematics and either English or Irish.

  • The corresponding minimum entry requirement for holders of FETAC awards is a full FETAC Level 5 award in a cognate area totalling 120 credits, including a distinction in 3 components.
  • The O6/H7 grade Leaving Certificate requirement for English or Irish may be met by a pass on a FETAC Communications component (Level 5 or higher).
  • The O6/H7 Leaving Certificate requirement for Mathematics may be met by a pass on a FETAC Mathematics component (Level 5 or higher).
  • Applicants should refer to http://www2.cao.ie/fetac/fetac_search.php for specific course requirements. 

NB: Certain courses have specific minimum standards specified that are different to the above. In particular, Level 8 Honours Degrees which have a Mathematics requirement higher than O6/H7 grade will still require the specified Leaving Certificate Mathematics achievement or an acceptable equivalent. Please click here for information.

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MATHS PROGRAMME FOR FURTHER EDUCATION STUDENTS

A programme will be delivered for FE students who wish to meet the Mathematics minimum requirement for entry into programmes of study in the Business and Humanities field in Cork Institute of Technology September 2017.

This programme is suitable for students who are applying for programmes of study in the Business and Humanities field in Cork Institute of Technology in September 2017, and who are Mature students who do not have a Leaving Certificate or specific FETAC Maths modules

OR

School leavers who failed ordinary/higher level Leaving Certificate Maths
School leavers who took foundation level Maths in their leaving certificate exam.

Currently in CIT if a prospective student does not meet the Mathematics requirement, any points accumulated through the FETAC award cannot be used for entry into year 1.

This Mathematics initiative is for prospective students who wish to apply using their FETAC points, but do not hold a relevant qualification in Maths. The programme is free of charge. There will be 30 places available and these will be allocated to the first 30 applicants.

Students who have an award which includes particular FETAC Maths modules (eg C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175) do not need to take this exam.

Programme and exam dates for 2017 to be confirmed.

To book a place on this programme, please email Christine.Nolan@cit.ie CLOSING DATE: Thursday, 27th April 2017. You will be notified by email if you have succeeded in obtaining a place on the programme. For further queries please contact Deirdre/Christine on 021-4335138. 

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Portfolios and FETAC Awards

Entry to:

  • Contemporary Applied Art (Ceramics, Glass, Textiles) CR 210
  • Fine Art CR 220
  • Visual Communications CR 600

will be based on a combination of a CIT assessed portfolio (max 600 points) and the higher score in either the Leaving Certificate (max 600 points) or cognate FETAC award (max 400 points) to include a distinction in 3 components. This arrangement is under review.

Information on FETAC Courses

Can be obtained from the Learners section of www.fetac.ie
Also refer to the FETAC Information section of www.cao.ie

Cork Further Education Colleges Scheme

In addition to the general FETAC entry arrangements, CIT has established a special pilot scheme for the admission of students who successfully complete courses in Further Education (FE) Colleges in Cork. Under this scheme a number of courses in CIT are linked to certain courses in the FE colleges. CIT reserves a number of places on its linked courses for applicants achieving specified levels and other requirements in their awards.

Ask at your Cork Further Education College for more details, or refer to the following website www.cit.ie/prospectivestudents/ccps/

Cork Further Education Colleges

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