Relative Equivalencies of ICM Qualifications

The information below provides the relative equivalencies of ICM Qualifications when compared to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) and the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Ireland.  For each level a further explanation of the associated skills and knowledge descriptors are given.

Level 3

ICM
RQF
International
Baccalaureate Diploma

Level 3 Award

Level 3 Certificate

Level 3 Diploma
EQF
Level 4
FHEQ
Access to HE Diploma
NFQ Ireland
Level 5 Certificate

Leaving Certificate

Level 4

ICM
Level 4 Certificate
RQF
Level 4 Award

Level 4 Certificate

Level 4 Diploma
EQF
Level 5
FHEQ
Certificate of Higher
Education

Higher National
Certificate
NFQ Ireland
Advanced
Certificate

Higher Certificate

Level 5

ICM
Level 5 Diploma
RQF
Level 5 Award

Level 5 Certificate

Level 5 Diploma
EQF
Level 5
FHEQ
Foundation degree e.g.
FdA / FdSc

Diploma of higher
Education

Higher National Diploma
NFQ Ireland
Advanced
Certificate

Higher Certificate

Level 6

ICM
Level 6 Advanced Diploma (as a progression route)

Level 6 Graduate Diploma
RQF
Level 6 Award

Level 6 Certificate

Level 6 Diploma

Graduate Diploma
EQF
Level 6
FHEQ
Bachelor Degree
NFQ Ireland
Ordinary Bachelor Degree

Honours Bachelor Degree

Higher Diploma

Level 7

ICM
Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma
RQF
Level 7 Award

Level 7 Certificate

Post Graduate Diploma
EQF
Level 7
FHEQ
Masters Degree
NFQ Ireland
Masters Degree

Post Graduate Diploma