Am looking at doing a fetac level 5 course next year, course is in the CAS system, what does this mean?
Hi Kris, I have attached description of CAS below, hope that helps..
CAS awards are on levels 1-6 of the National Framework of Qualifications.
The Common Awards System provides a coherent architecture for all awards, including:
• A credit system, reflecting the typical amount of learner effort, including directed and self directed effort. The credit system enables learners to accumulate recognition over time and to navigate a range of programmes leading to awards on the National Framework of Qualifications
• Breadth and balance within the structure so that learners achieve specific vocational expertise alongside general knowledge, skill and competence, in line with the National Skills Strategy
• A clear relationship with other Further Education awards to help plan pathways in learning - known as access, transfer and progression arrangements.
The National Framework of Qualifications contains different types of awards — major, special purpose and supplemental, which in the CAS levels 1 - 6, are generally achieved through the accumulation of minor awards. Minor awards are known as the building blocks of the common awards system.
A Major award (often called ‘the full certificate’) typically gives eligibility for progression to learning opportunities at the next level on the Framework.
It is important to know which award type you are aiming for. A major award reflects a significant volume of learning and can be achieved for example in a further education (FE) / post leaving certificate (PLC) programme or through an apprenticeship. Major awards typically create progression opportunities into programmes at higher levels, for example into higher education.
Special Purpose awards recognise relatively narrow learning typically required for specific occupations, for example Bar and Restaurant Services.
Supplemental awards recognise learning that is about building on a previous qualification, up-skilling or up-dating what you know so as, for example, you can satisfy new legislative requirements in the workplace.
Almost all of these awards are made up of one or more minor (component) awards. Minor awards recognise achievement of small building blocks of learning. They are known as components because they are part of a broader set of requirements for a major or other award. Many learners work towards a major award accumulating minor awards at a time and pace that suits their own personal commitments.
There's also a good explanation about HELS on fetac website - http://www.fetac.ie/fetac/learners/hels/hels.htm