Further Education and Training Awards Council

On 6 November 2012, FETAC completed its amalgamation with HETAC, NQAI and IUQB and a new integrated agency, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), was established. FETAC, HETAC and the NQAI are now dissolved. The new agency will continue to provide continuity of service as it evolves. QQI will bring any changes and updates to your attention over the coming weeks on its website www.qqi.ie


The Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) was the statutory awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. From June 2001 until the establishment of Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) on 6 November 2012, FETAC made awards at levels 1 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). These awards are now made by QQI.


First QQI (formally called FETAC) Awards for St.Hida’s school Athlone

St. Hilda’s school, Athlone were delighted and proud to congratulate their students on achieving Level 1  QQI (FETAC) awards in General learning.  The students worked hard alongside their teachers and special need assistants (SNA’S) to achieve their success.  The awards ceremony took place in St. Hilda’s School on 13th Feb, the 2nd year anniversary of QQI (FETAC) in the school.

FETAC’s Quality Assurance Certificate was awarded to St Hilda’s school in February 2010.  The school offers programmes from level 1 to level 3.   St. Hilda’s School is under the Department of Education and Skills, as a Primary school who follow the National School Curriculum for Moderate General Learning Disabilities.   FETAC programmes were designed to compliment and enhance the teaching and learning of the curriculum being taught already in our school.  These are monitored by Principal Anne Gately.

The awards achieved were for the following aspects of the curriculum; Personal Care; Personal Safety; Food Choice and Health and Computer skills.

St. Hilda’s are continuing to build programmes they can offer their students. We aim to develop the portfolio of programmes available to our students by September 2013.  Our first student to reach level 3 will be examined in late spring by an external examiner.

We are very proud that all our students have successfully completed their assigned programmes. We wish them every success as they now progress to the next level.

Anne Gately would like to express her thanks to the Board of Management, and her staff Pia Hughes (Deputy-principal), Jennifer Moran (FETAC co-ordinator/teacher), Michelle Burke (teacher) and Niamh Keena (teacher), and all the Special’s Needs Assistant’s, Marie Glancy, Lesley Mc Manus, Denise O’ Connor, Aoife Beaumont, Bernie Sheriff, and Loretta Mc Cormack for their on-going dedication and commitment to the student’s educational development.

Our FETAC Award Ceremony took place on Wednesday 13th February 2013

Proud parents and teachers watched as ten pupils made history at the school on Wednesday 13th February by being the first pupils to have their educational achievements recognised by FETAC. The students were awarded for their completion of the FETAC Level 1 programme in General Learning.All ten students had their work examined by an external examiner. Principal Anne Gately along with Angela Flynn(Chairperson of the B.O.M) presented the students with their awards and acknowledged the hard work they had put in over the last two years. They also thanked all the staff for their on-going dedication.The school offers FETAC accredited programmes from Level 1 to Level 3 and hopes to develop the portfolio of programmes over the coming months.


Many Congratulations to all of our students on their achievements.


On September 10th an external Authenticator visited our school to authenticate 15 students. These students were all entered for level 1 awards on the following components, Personal Care, Personal Safety, Food Choice and Health, Horticulture and Use of IT.

On September 10th, we received the brilliant news that all students entered were successful.  Anne Gately (Principal) and all teachers were delighted for their success and achievements.  An award ceremony will follow soon for our fantastic students.

Fetac continues to be an integral part of teaching in St. Hilda’s school.  It is taught alongside the curriculum for children with moderate general learning disabilities. Both students and teachers have expressed delight with the formal recognition of the Fetac award for the student’s successful achievements in learning.  

Principal, teachers and sna’s would like to express huge congratulations to all our students.  Well done to all.