What is a Major Award?

To obtain a FETAC Major Award a certain number and combination of certain modules must be successfully completed.

  • FETAC Level 1 Major Award Certificate is awarded to learners who achieve a minimum of 4 of the required certificate modules at FETAC Level 1 
  • FETAC Level 2 Major Award Certificate is awarded to learners who achieve a minimum of 6 of the required certificate modules at FETAC Level 2
  • FETAC Level 3 Major Award Certificate is awarded to learners who meet the required standard in a minimum of eight modules at FETAC Level 3 comprising three core modules (Communications, Mathematics, Personal Effectiveness or Personal & Interpersonal Skills) and five other modules which can be taken from the list of approved FETAC modules
  • FETAC Level 4 Major Award Certificate is awarded to learners who meet the required standard in a minimum of eight modules at FETAC Level 4 comprising four core modules (Communications, Mathematics, Information Technology Skills and Personal Effectiveness or Personal & Interpersonal Skills) and four other modules taken from the list of approved FETAC modules
  • FETAC Level 5 Major Award Certificate is awarded to learners who meet the required standard in a minimum of five vocational modules at FETAC Level 5 (vocational modules are modules that relate to working in a specific sector – for example modules relevant to providing care would be vocational modules for those interested in working in the care sector. Some of these may have to be done and others can be chosen depending on which area of care is of most interest), 2 General Studies modules (Communications must be one of these) and 1 Work Experience Module. Please see an outline of the FETAC Level 5 Modules most relevant to the Care sector and the possible combinations that exist in Combining FETAC Modules

  • The FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate is awarded to learners who meet the required standard as listed in the specification for that award. Many of these are on pilot and requirements differ.
     
Credits can be gathered over a period of time so you can undertake to do one module then have a break and then return to do another module if you wish. This is a very good option for an individual who wishes to take their time and not feel under pressure to take on too much learning too quickly.

In general, each Module counts as 1 credit at its own level, counts as two credits for the Level below and counts as 0.5 credits for the Level above itself.

For example, if the Learner completed 2 FETAC Level 4 Modules or Minor Awards this is the same as doing 1x FETAC Level 5 Module; 1 FETAC Level 4 Module is the same as completing 2 x FETAC Level 3 Modules; 1 FETAC Level 5 Module would be the same as completing 2 x FETAC Level modules. Credits from FETAC Level 3 modules cannot be counted against a FETAC Level 5 course.

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