Certificate in Quality Assurance (Online)

  • NFQ Level 6
  • Credits 30*
  • Course Code SG_EQUAL_E06
  • Award Certificate
  • Duration 1

Course Summary

Programme Code: SG_EQUAL_E06

Delivery: Online

About this programme:
The Certificate in Quality Assurance aims to provide provides participants with enhanced problem-solving and analytical skills as well as the ‘soft skills’ required in interacting within teams and with peers and subordinates. This certificate is in great demand by companies across all sectors in either manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare or service sectors. It is suitable for all levels within the organisation. This is a one-year programme (September to May), and on successful completion offers the participant 30 credits at level 6.

In general, students of this course usually work in Production or Quality roles in Manufacturing, Pharma, Biopharma, Med-tech, and Medical Device sectors. Applicants should have a keen interest in Quality. The type of roles that would be suitable for upskilling through this role are Quality Technicians, Quality Supervisors or Quality Coordinators.  

Important Notes:
This programme is worth 30 credits at Level 6. If you wish to progress to a Level 7 Degree programme on completion, you will require 120 credits at Level 6. ATU Sligo may allow up to 60 credits for relevant work experience. The remaining credits must be made up from academic qualifications. 
There is an option to complete this programme in addition to a 30-credit work-based project (over 1 year) to gain 60 credits in one year. You can apply for this project here.

If you require further information, please contact the Level 6 Quality Course Coordinator Fiona Donovan, by clicking here

Key Course Information

This is a one-year programme (September to May), and on successful completion offers the participant 30 credits at level 6. 

Live lectures for this course normally take place on two or three evenings per week and each lecture will last for approximately 1 hour. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle (our virtual learning environment), and you can watch back. 

Study Hours: Whether you are studying part-time online, blended or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.  As well as live lecturers, you must allocate time for independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments. 

Assignments/Examinations: You will be assessed through a mixture of CA assignments and a final exam. End of semester exams are held in January and May and students can choose from any of our online exam centres. You will receive notification of the dates from your lecturer for each specific subject requirement.

Application Closing Date : 31st August 2022

Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry to this Special Purpose Award a standard applicant must achieve a pass in the leaving certificate (or equivalent examinations) with five grade (O6) D's which must include Mathematics and English. Non-national applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. In addition, an applicant must successfully complete an entrance exam in Mathematics.


Programme Fees



Total Programme Fees: €2,100


Fees per annum: €2,100


This programme has been submitted for Springboard funding for the academic year 2022/2023.  We will know the outcome of this submission in May/June 2022.  In the meantime you can register your interest with us on the link: Springboard Register Your Interest - Institute of Technology Sligo (itsligo.ie)

Further information on Springboard funding can be found at www.springboardcourses.ie