Qualifax is exhibiting at the Higher Options: 16th, 17th & 18th September 2015.

Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm daily Location: RDS, Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.  Stand: 78 (next to Europass) opposite the Inspire Cafe

Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan with Brian Mooney (Guidance Counsellor & Managing Editor of 'Education Matters' )  & Angela Lambkin (Information Services QQI) at the Higher Options yesterday 16/09/2015 at the Qualifax Stand

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Qualifax will have an exhibition stand at this popular event.  The Irish Times Higher Options event help Leaving Cert., Transition Year & 5th Year students make decisions about their study & career options.  Qualifax can help you make informed choices by providing comprehensive information on further and higher education and training.  Ask for a demonstration or just come along for the chat.  Check out the Points Calculator or Interest Assessment Test.  If you are thinking about subject choices, why not browse out our Minimum Subject Requirement Module.  For information on Open Days view our online Calendar of Career Events and lots more......


03 September, 2015 - Minister O’Sullivan launches new CAO points scale

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today launched a new CAO points scale which will be used for entry to higher education from 2017.

Announcing the changes, Minister O’Sullivan said, “In April I announced a package of ambitious reforms designed to better support students transitioning from second level to higher education, including a new grading scheme for the Leaving Certificate to be used from 2017. The new progressive points system which I’m announcing today is a vital element of those reforms.

The main features of the new scale, which was developed collaboratively by the universities and institutes of technology, are that:

it maintains the current alignment between the points awarded for achievement at Higher Level and the points awarded for achievement at Ordinary Level;

the difference in the points awarded for each grade varies, reducing the probability that students will achieve the same overall points score. This will help to minimise the allocation of places in higher education by random selection;  Click here for the full Article  New CAO Points Scale

New Leaving Certificate Grading Scale and Revised Common Points Scale (pdf)


SUSI will open its online grant application system for the 2015/16 academic year on Thursday, 23 April, 2015, two weeks earlier than last year.

Information on grant eligibility and how to apply is available at the SUSI website

Before making an application, students are encouraged to refer to the grant eligibility criteria, to use the eligibility reckoner and to view tips for applicants provided on the SUSI website.



From 1st January 2015, the following criteria must be met for programme inclusion on Qualifax. 

• The Private Provider must be a registered provider with QQI OR offering UK aligned awards.
• Programme details must be available on the Providers website.
• Only programmes offering QQI or UK aligned awards will be included on Qualifax
• Programmes containing deactivated award codes will not be included on Qualifax.

*excluding ACELS Registered & Skillnet Providers.


Spread the Word And Get involved!  - College Awareness Week

This year marks a very special occasion – the launch of a national campaign called College Awareness Week ( which will be held from November 24-30.  

The campaign encourages individuals and organisations to spread the word that going to college and having a post-secondary plan is both important and achievable.  The campaign is being endorsed widely by over twenty national agencies, including the Department of Education and Skills, the National Office for Equity of Access to Higher Education, Vincent de Paul, IGC, NAPD and IBEC.

We invite you to consider the following:

  1. Host an event in your organisation – no matter how big or small- and upload details about this event to our website
  2. Circulate the save the date to members of your organisation
  3. Visit our website at for ideas and resources
  4. Include our logo as part of your email signature
  5. Include our banner ad on your website or digital screens
  6. Follow us on Twitter (and retweet) and Facebook

Your contribution to this nationwide campaign matters and will help to accomplish our goals, which are:

·         Celebrating the importance of going to college

·         Showcasing local role models who have gone to college

·         Creating a college-going culture in your community or organisation

·         Helping students to become college-ready

·         Supporting an increase in the number of students who progress to college

While College Awareness Week is a national campaign, it is essential that activities focus specifically on the communities that experience low rates of participation in college.  Events which take place in DEIS schools and in communities identified in the HEA’s Consultation Paper: Towards the Development of a new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education (August, 2014) are very much prioritised.

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