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The Common Awards System (CAS) is a system of linked further education and training (FET) awards specifications at National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ or Framework) Levels 1 to 6 inclusively. The CAS awards specifications include ‘awards standards’ to be achieved before an award may be made. The awards standards are expressed as minimum expected learning outcomes. These reflect the knowledge, skill and competence to be achieved by the learner before an award may be made.

The CAS was introduced by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) for Further Education and Training (FET) awards at NFQ Levels 1 to 6. QQI now maintain the CAS. The CAS is an evolving system and will continue to be.


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