Navigating QQI Quality Assurance Guidelines


QQI has developed Core QA Guidelines for use by all providers of higher and further education and training and English language providers.

The core QA guidelines capture in one place those elements which are fundamental and common to all providers.

All providers will have regard to these guidelines when developing their internal quality assurance procedures.  The guidelines do not however prescribe the manner in which providers must implement those procedures.

We have developed our QA guidelines in a modular fashion.  The Core QA Guidelines apply to every provider and are supplemented by an ever increasing range of Topic- and Sector-Specific guidelines.

Core QA Guidelines

[Published 2016]



Core QA Guidelines

[by Section - PDFs]



The Core QA Guidelines Document is separated into its sections
below for quick viewing and / or download of specific content.

Section 1: Introduction and Context

1.1  Introduction

1.2  What is the purpose of these guidelines?

1.3  To whom do these guidelines apply?

1.4  The national education and training system

1.5  Quality and quality assurance

1.6  Provider-owned quality assurance (internal QA)

1.7  External Quality Assurance

Section 2: The Core Statutory Quality Assurance Guidelines

1  Governance and Management of Quality

1.1  Governance

1.2  Management of quality assurance

1.3  Embedding a quality culture

2  Documented Approach to Quality Assurance

2.1  Documented policies and procedures

2.2  A comprehensive system

3  Programmes of Education and Training

3.1  Programme development and approval

3.2  Learner admission, progression and recognition

3.3  Programme monitoring and review

4  Staff Recruitment, Management and Development

4.1  Staff recruitment

4.2  Staff communication

4.3  Staff development

5  Teaching and Learning

5.1  Teaching and learning

5.2  A provider ethos that promotes learning

5.3  National and international effective practice

5.4  Learning environments

6  Assessment of Learners

6.1  Assessment of learning achievement

7  Supports for Learners

7.1  Supports for learners

8  Information and Data Management

8.1  Information systems

8.2  Learner information systems

8.3  Management information system

8.4  Information for further planning

8.5  Completion rates

8.6  Records maintenance and retention

8.7  Data protection and freedom of information

9  Public Information and Communication

9.1  Public information

9.2  Learner information

9.3  Publication of quality assurance evaluation reports

10  Other Parties Involved in Education and Training

10.1  Peer relationships with the broader education and training community

10.2  External partnerships and second providers

10.3  Expert panellists, examiners and authenticators

11  Self-Evaluation, Monitoring and Review

11.1  Provider-owned internal review, self-evaluation, monitoring

11.2  Internal self-monitoring

11.3  Self-evaluation, improvement and enhancement

11.4  Provider-owned quality assurance engages with external quality assurance