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On 18 November 2015, QQI launched its QQI Award brand at an event in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.


Learners representing achievements across all ten levels of the NFQ were presented with commemorative awards by the Minister of Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan, T.D.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister said:

'the QQI Award plays a pivotal role in the quality and standards of education and training.  Today marks a major step in promoting a wider understanding and recognition of the QQI Award and its positioning on the NFQ.  I would like to congratulate each of our award recipients on their achievements and wish them every success in the future.'

To view programme of the event go to:




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)


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