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Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - FETAC's New Scoring System from 2013

Applicants presenting FETAC Awards. The minimum entry requirements for graduates of FETAC (Level 5 or 6) awards to :

  • Higher Certificate Course (NFQ level 6) is a full FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award.
  • Ab Initio Ordinary Degree Course (NFQ level 7) is a full FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award.
  • Ab Initio Honours Degree Course (NFQ level 8) is a full FETAC (Level 5 or 6) award in a related area and including Distinction grades in at least three components.

For entry to the majority of courses a full award may be accumulated over more than one academic year. In such cases it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to FETAC for a full award. However, for entry to certain courses an award achieved in a single sitting may be required.

Also, for some courses, specific component awards in mathematics must be included in the FETAC award presented for entry.

NEW Award System for Eligible FETAC Applicants

FETAC has introduced a new awards system known as the Common Awards System, or CAS. CAS awards will replace existing linked FETAC awards. All FETAC awards will be part of CAS from 2014.

NEW Scoring System for Eligible FETAC Applicants for Existing and New Awards

A new scoring system for FETAC awards will apply for entry through the CAO to higher education from 2013. This scoring system will apply to all relevant FETAC level 5 and 6 awards. It applies to all results achieved from 2013.

A full FETAC Level 5 or 6 major award will have a minimum credit value of 120.
Component awards, or achievement of less than 120 credits, do not constitute a full award.

Scoring Process

Each FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 component is scored as follows:

Pass          1.111 
Merit 2.222
Distinction 3.333

This component score is then multiplied by the individual component credit value to a maximum 120 credits, a total maximum of 400 points.

Components leading to the best 120 credits are scored. See table below.

Grade     Score     Credits Achieved      Credits Counted       Points        
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Distinction 3.333 15 15 50
Merit 2.222 15 15 33.33
Merit 2.222 15 15 33.33
Distinction 3.333 5 n/a n/a
125 120 366.67

Some applicants will combine components achieved prior to the introduction of CAS with others which are part of CAS. Level 5 and 6 (NCVA) Certificates, i.e. major awards, achieved before the introduction of CAS are also scored according to the system outlined above.

All FETAC Level 5 and Level 6 awards will be scored using the best 120 credits to deliver a maximum of 400 points regardless of whether they were achieved before or after the introduction of CAS.

How FETAC Graduates Apply for Entry to an ITB Course ?

Applicants who have spent at least one year on a recognised PLC course validated by FETAC can be considered for entry. Applications should be made through the CAO. Applicants who have completed a full FETAC award since 2002 or are in the process of completing a full FETAC award in 2012/13 should follow the FETAC instructions on page two of the CAO application form and enter their PPS number in the relevant box. As indicated previously, applicants who have achieved their full award over more than one academic year must apply to FETAC for a full award.

Applicants who completed a full FETAC award before 2002 should tick the NCVA level 2/3 box on page three of the CAO application form and complete further details on page four since these courses cannot be automatically rated by the CAO.

In addition, applicants must forward a copy of these results to the Academic Administration Office before the end of June 2013.

FETAC applicants must compete for course places with other FETAC applicants and Leaving Certificate applicants alike. FETAC quotas and a requirement for an award to be achieved in a single sitting may apply for certain courses.

Please contact the ITB Academic Administration Office if you have queries about any FETAC related applications Tel: (01) 885 1000 e-mail: info@itb.ie

Source: ITB - Institute of Technology Blanchardstown - FETAC's New Scoring System from 2013