Changing Educational Landscapes
and the implications for Teagasc –
a QQI perspective
Bryan Maguire

Head of Qualifications...
Transformations
• 33 VECs + FÁS training -> 16 ETBs
• 14 Institutes of technology -> 8
TUs/IoTs
• 19 teacher education cen...
QQI functions
• Custodian of the national framework of
qualifications
• Setting award standards
• Making awards and valida...
QQI the organisation
• 10 member board (nonrepresentative)
• Committee structure
• 85 staff approximately
• Work with exte...
QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
Common Awards System
• Inherited from FETAC (2009- )
• Levels 1-6
• Common structure for major
awards across fields
• Modu...
Level 5- Agriculture (5M2373)
• The total credit value required for
this certificate is 120. This will be
achieved by comp...
Code

Title

Level

Credit Value

All of the following component(s)
5N1730

Crop Production Science

5

10

5N2351

Animal...
A minimum credit value of 15 from the following component(s)
6N2191

Leadership

6

15

5N0690

Communications 5

15

5N18...
A minimum credit value of 60 from the following component(s)
5N1737

Beef Production 5

30

5N1739

Dairy
Production

5

3...
A minimum credit value of 15 from the following component(s)
5N1743

Potato
Production and 5
Storage

10

5N1745

Agricult...
Learning outcomes – Crop Production
Science (5N1730)
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•
•
•

•

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•
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•
•

Explain the living processes of plants and the...
Teagasc programme
The overall aim of the programme is to provide learners with the opportunity to
develop the knowledge, s...
Major awards – level 5 (2102)
Provider

Award

Number of Certificates

Total

Teagasc

Agriculture

1319

1348

ETBs
Teaga...
Major awards - level 6 (2012)
Provider

Award

Number of
Certificates

Teagasc

Agriculture

1576

Dairy Herd Management

...
Level 5
• “Learning outcomes at this level
include a broad range of skills that
require some theoretical
understanding. Th...
Level 6
• “Learning outcomes at this level include a
comprehensive range of skills which may
be vocationally-specific and/...
Level 7
• “Learning outcomes at this level relate to knowledge
and critical understanding of the well-established
principl...
Provider access to QQI awards

QQI, an integrated agency for quality
and qualifications in Ireland
Issues for Teagasc - QQI
•
•
•
•
•
•

New guidelines for QA
Validation of programmes
Review of effectiveness of QA
Contrac...
Future
• QQI enables providers and sectoral
bodies to fulfil their missions
• Greater responsibility devolves to
providers...
Contacts
• www.qqi.ie
• bmaguire@qqi.ie

QQI, an integrated agency for quality
and qualifications in Ireland
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  • QQI is the custodian of the NFQ.
    The NFQ is part of a wider world, both internationally (see EQF logo), and in terms of importance beyond the immediate sphere of education and training.
    It is an important element of stability and continuity and serves as a bedrock of QQI policy – providers and learners and other can be reassured that the NFQ will remain
    But it will also have to grow and change – it is more like an organism than a machine, we are farmers rather than engineers
  • Teagasc educational forum carlow (maguire qqi) 18.xi.13

    1. 1. Changing Educational Landscapes and the implications for Teagasc – a QQI perspective Bryan Maguire Head of Qualifications Services Oak Park, Carlow 18 November 2013 QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    2. 2. Transformations • 33 VECs + FÁS training -> 16 ETBs • 14 Institutes of technology -> 8 TUs/IoTs • 19 teacher education centres -> 6 • NQAI+FETAC+HETAC+IUQB -> QQI QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    3. 3. QQI functions • Custodian of the national framework of qualifications • Setting award standards • Making awards and validating programmes • Delegating authority to make awards • Quality assurance (review and improvement) – further and higher education and training • Authorising the International Education Mark • Information on programmes and awards • Qualifications recognition advice QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    4. 4. QQI the organisation • 10 member board (nonrepresentative) • Committee structure • 85 staff approximately • Work with external experts for many activities • Strategy statement approval today • Comprehensive policy development programme (May 2013 consultation) QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    5. 5. QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    6. 6. Common Awards System • Inherited from FETAC (2009- ) • Levels 1-6 • Common structure for major awards across fields • Modular structure - components • Credit points system • National standards based on learning outcomes QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    7. 7. Level 5- Agriculture (5M2373) • The total credit value required for this certificate is 120. This will be achieved by completing various modules. QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    8. 8. Code Title Level Credit Value All of the following component(s) 5N1730 Crop Production Science 5 10 5N2351 Animal Production Science 5 10 5N2352 Farm Business Organisation 5 10 QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    9. 9. A minimum credit value of 15 from the following component(s) 6N2191 Leadership 6 15 5N0690 Communications 5 15 5N1833 Mathematics 15 5 QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    10. 10. A minimum credit value of 60 from the following component(s) 5N1737 Beef Production 5 30 5N1739 Dairy Production 5 30 5N1738 Pig Production 5 30 5N1741 Combinable 5 Crop Production 30 5N1742 Tractor Operations 5 30 5N1735 Sheep Production 5 30 QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    11. 11. A minimum credit value of 15 from the following component(s) 5N1743 Potato Production and 5 Storage 10 5N1745 Agricultural Mechanics 5 10 5N1744 Crop Establishment Equipment 5 10 5N1746 Maintenance of 5 Farm Structures 10 5N1750 Chemical Fertiliser Application 5 5 5N1751 Organic Manure 5 Application 5 5N1747 Organic Crop Principles 5 5 5N1797 Boom Sprayer Pesticide Application 5 5 5N1752 All Terrain Vehicle Operations 5 5 5N1748 Mechanical 5 Hedge Trimming 5 5N0731 Hand Held Pesticide Application 5 5 QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    12. 12. Learning outcomes – Crop Production Science (5N1730) • • • • • • • • • • Explain the living processes of plants and their relationship with environmental factors in a crop production context Discuss the characteristics of micro-organisms and their role in crop and animal production Explain the relevance of physical and chemical composition of soils for modern farming practices Outline the consequences of farming activities on the environment with respect to wildlife and biodiversity, water quality, current European Union (EU) directives and environment protection schemes Appraise factors affecting grass production including the growth habits of grass and clover plants, grass seed mixture selection, role of clover, manipulation of grass growth, grass utilisation, and grass conservation Identify plant parts in a crop production context including name and function of; roots, stems, leaves and flowers Use plant identification techniques and grass measurement techniques for high value plants, common weeds, and grass growth performance in a commercial pasture sward Determine farm winter forage provisions including quantities required and quantities in storage, dry matter, pH and dry matter digestibility, and suitability of forages in storage Interpret a soil analysis report in respect of lime, nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium requirements Use soil analysis results as the basis for soil fertility for crop production by using organic manures, and chemical fertilisers for maintaining and correcting soil nutrient deficiencies. QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    13. 13. Teagasc programme The overall aim of the programme is to provide learners with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, work experience and competencies necessary to achieve the FETAC Common Award. The programme will provide a comprehensive foundation education for learners wishing to pursue career opportunities in full time or part time farming or associated agricultural sectors. The programme will also facilitate students wishing to progress to a Level 6 major award in agriculture. A Level 6 major award in agriculture is also the minimum statutory qualification requirement for those wishing/eligible to avail of the Stamp Duty Exemption applicable to certain categories of land transfer; the Certificate in Agriculture Level 5 (Major Award) is an entry requirement to the Level 6 Major Award in Agriculture. There are 21 programme modules available to the learner in this programme amounting to 120 credits. Three of these modules meet the mandatory component requirements of the 5M2373 Common Award. The programme will be offered to learners either on a full time or a part time basis and has been designed to be sufficiently flexible so that it may meet the needs of school leavers wishing to pursue an agricultural education and adults actively engaged in full or part time farming. Overall the programme will of 1200 hours duration, to include both class contact time and the learner’s self-directed learning (including work experience). Upon successful completion of this programme, a learner may progress to a Level 6 Major Award programme in Agriculture or a linked designated higher education programme if appropriate. This programme will be offered at Teagasc FETAC registered agency for quality QQI, an integrated centres and qualifications in Ireland
    14. 14. Major awards – level 5 (2102) Provider Award Number of Certificates Total Teagasc Agriculture 1319 1348 ETBs Teagasc 29 Horticulture/Garden Design 47 ETBs 363 FAS 211 Other 736 115 Teagasc Horsemanship/Equestrian 73 ETBs 89 FAS 172 10 Teagasc Forestry QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland 31 31
    15. 15. Major awards - level 6 (2012) Provider Award Number of Certificates Teagasc Agriculture 1576 Dairy Herd Management 64 Drystock Management 52 Machinery and Crop Management 11 Horticulture/Garden Design 80 Horsebreeding/Stud Management 53 Forestry 12 QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    16. 16. Level 5 • “Learning outcomes at this level include a broad range of skills that require some theoretical understanding. The outcomes may relate to engaging in a specific activity, with the capacity to use the instruments and techniques relating to an occupation. They are associated with work being undertaken independently, subject to general direction.” QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    17. 17. Level 6 • “Learning outcomes at this level include a comprehensive range of skills which may be vocationally-specific and/or of a general supervisory nature, and require detailed theoretical understanding. The outcomes also provide for a particular focus on learning skills. The outcomes relate to working in a generally autonomous way to assume design and/or management and/or administrative responsibilities. Occupations at this level would include higher craft, junior technician and supervisor.” QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    18. 18. Level 7 • “Learning outcomes at this level relate to knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles in a field of study and the application of those principles in different contexts. This level includes knowledge of methods of enquiry and the ability to critically evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. The outcomes include an understanding of the limits of the knowledge acquired and how this influences analyses and interpretations in a work context. Outcomes at this level would be appropriate to the upper end of many technical occupations and would include higher technicians, some restricted professionals and junior management.” QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    19. 19. Provider access to QQI awards QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    20. 20. Issues for Teagasc - QQI • • • • • • New guidelines for QA Validation of programmes Review of effectiveness of QA Contracting with second providers Determination of standards Delegation of authority to Teagasc to make awards QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    21. 21. Future • QQI enables providers and sectoral bodies to fulfil their missions • Greater responsibility devolves to providers • Coordinating efforts for improvement and relevance • Supporting transparency and recognition QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland
    22. 22. Contacts • www.qqi.ie • bmaguire@qqi.ie QQI, an integrated agency for quality and qualifications in Ireland

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