The Higher Certificate (Ardteastas in Irish) is a third level education award at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications in the Republic of Ireland.The Higher Certificate is awarded by various Institutes of Technology. A Higher Certificate academic programme is two years of full-time study. Students can complete an additional (add-on) year to obtain the ordinary bachelor's degree (level 7 on the National Framework of Qualifications), and may then complete a further add-on year to obtain the Honours bachelor's degree (level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications). The Higher Certificate is, in effect, two years of a four-year undergraduate degree. The Higher Certificate should not be confused with the Advanced Certificate which is a two-year Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) program of further education, typically delivered by community colleges, and is also awarded at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications and can be used to gain entry to a third level undergraduate program.
Common Higher CertificatesEdit
|English title||Irish title|
|Higher Certificate in Arts||Ardteastas Ealaíon|
|Higher Certificate in Business||Ardteastas Gnó|
|Higher Certificate in Engineering||Ardteastas Innealtóireachta|
|Higher Certificate in Science||Ardteastas Eolaíochta|