NFQ Awarding Bodies

Awarding Bodies

Awarding bodies issue awards (qualifications) to recognise your learning.  Irish national awarding bodies are included in the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

The Irish national awarding bodies included are listed below:

State Examinations Commission (SEC)

The State Examinations Commission (SEC) makes school awards. Current awards include the Junior Cycle/Certificate at NFQ Level 3 and the Leaving Certificate at NFQ Levels 4 and 5.

For information on the SEC please see 

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

QQI is the national awarding body of tertiary and training in Ireland. Its awards are included in the NFQ from Levels 1 to 10.

For information on QQI please see 

Institutes of Technology

Institutes of Technology in Ireland make their own awards at specified levels, ranging from NFQ Level 6 to 10.

For information on the Institutes of Technology please see


Universities in Ireland are:

  • Dublin City University (DCU)
  • National Univeristy of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway)
  • Maynooth University (NUI Maynooth)
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)
  • Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
  • Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin)
  • University College Cork (UCC)
  • University College Dublin (UCD)
  • University of Limerick (UL)

The National University of Ireland (NUI) also makes awards directly in the colleges that it recognises.

For information on the universities see 

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