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Accreditation Partners

Our Validation and Membership

Dorset College, with the endorsement of a number of validating bodies, offers a wide range of degree and professional courses that meet the needs of students at all stages of their lives and careers. Most of our courses are on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

The NFQ provides an understanding of Ireland’s system of qualifications and enables comparison of different qualifications. It enables students to make informed decisions on their choices and progression, while also indicating the qualification requirements associated with job applications in Ireland and abroad. NFQ qualifications are recognised internationally.

Dorset College is recognised and accredited by the following national and international validating bodies.

QQI - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

Established by the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is an independent State agency responsible for external quality assurance of further and higher education and training services in Ireland.

QQI validates courses and issues awards for approved providers in the further and higher education and training sectors, including English language provision. QQI-validated courses lead to internationally-recognised qualifications listed in the NFQ..

QQI is also responsible for the maintenance, development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), and advises the Government on national policy regarding quality assurance and enhancement in education and training.

ACELS - Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services

The Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services (ACELS) was established in 1969 by the Irish Department of Education & Science to control standards in English Language Teaching schools and organisations through an inspection and recognition scheme. Dorset College is regulated by ACELS and complies with the requirements of the inspection and recognition scheme.

CIPD - The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the body which sets professional standards for Human Resources and people development, as well as driving positive change in the world of work. CIPD has 6,000 Irish members and 160,000 members internationally—working in Human Resources, learning and development, people management, and consulting across private businesses as well as organisations in the public and voluntary sectors. CIPD qualifications provide professional recognition in the fields of Human Resources and people development.

EII - Education in Ireland

Managed by Enterprise Ireland, under the authority of the Minister for Education and Skills, Education in Ireland is responsible for the promotion of Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas. Ireland's longstanding reputation for high-quality education is built on a solid foundation of commitment to excellence. Today, Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world and an internationally-renowned reputation for academic quality.

Higher Education College Association

Over the past 20 years, HECA has become the recognised voice of independent higher education in Ireland.

  • HECA’s main focus is on representing the independent higher education sector by ensuring the highest standards of quality amongst its members.
  • HECA creates an environment that fosters sharing ideas, forming collaborations and instigating mutually beneficial initiatives.
  • HECA provides a unified voice in government and legislative circles and seeks representation on key government committees and boards.
funders logos 2022 update

"Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020."

Springboard+ is an initiative for higher education, offering free and subsidised courses at certificate, degree, and masters levels to Irish residents. The initiative places an emphasis on qualifications in those areas where employment opportunities and skills shortages have been identified.

Springboard+ is designed to support people re-entering employment and improve the skill sets of those already in employment, in order to build a supply of qualified graduates to meet current and future economic needs.

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESG programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020, and is managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Our Education Partners

As part of our strategic vision, we strive to develop strong, mutually-beneficial relationships with the academic, business and wider communities. We see collaboration with a range of stakeholders as a key aspect of Dorset’s future development. Our collaborative partners bring knowledge, opportunities and industry links to the college and its students, further strengthening Dorset College as an industry-led, quality-driven higher education institution.